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  • 3 from Hell

    3 from Hell

    ★★★½

    There is a frequent occurrence in horror film franchises where no matter how dastardly the villain is, they will eventually become the beloved protagonist if the series runs long enough. It has happened with nearly every major horror franchise. Musician turned filmmaker Rob Zombie bucked this trend with his own franchise that began with 2003’s HOUSE OF A THOUSAND CORPSES and 2005’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. Zombie didn’t need multiple entries to turn the murderous “Firefly” clan, the focus of those…

  • Avengement

    Avengement

    ★★★★½

    Writer/director Jesse V. Johnson and actor Scott Adkins have developed a very interesting creative relationship over the past two years. Working in the largely ignored realm of "straight to video” film releases, the duo has put together a string of meagerly budgeted action films that have impressed critics and fans of action cinema in equal measure with their quality.

    If their films like SAVAGE DOG, ACCIDENT MAN, and THE DEBT COLLECTOR had been released in the 1990s it would have…

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  • Running with the Devil

    Running with the Devil

    ★★½

    There is an old saying that, “the devil is in the details”. One interpretation of that idiom is that a seemingly basic task will prove to be difficult when you examine the details involved with making it happen. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, after all.

    The film, aptly titled RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL examines this idea through the prism of the drug trade. Illegal drugs have long been a fascination of cinema but rarely has the actual…

  • 3 from Hell

    3 from Hell

    ★★★½

    Watched this again to prepare for the writing assignments listed here: boxd.it/MNevn

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    Watched MANDY for the second time. It holds up very well. I really do think it will go down as a classic midnight movie.

    My original review is here: letterboxd.com/mattessary/film/mandy-2018/

  • Anna

    Anna

    ★★★

     A young girl is rescued from a life of petty crime and recruited to work as an assassin for a shadowy government agency, where her allegiance to her country and even her own identity will be tested.

    Sound familiar? It should. That is the plot for writer/director Luc Besson’s classic 1990 film LA FEMME NIKITA. It is also the plot for his latest directorial effort, ANNA.

    Yes, after nearly three decades Besson has returned to the concept that first brought…