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  • Lost Bullet 2
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • A Hero Never Dies
  • Macbeth

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  • Death Grip

    ★★★

  • Wheels on Meals

    ★★★½

  • Scanner Cop

    ★★★½

  • The Trap

    ★★★★

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  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    ★★★★½

    Ghost In The Shell’s Patlabor 2, complete with another confined tactical assault of a finale. Honestly was not expecting to like this more than the first film, but wow did I. Guess I shouldn’t doubt Mamoru Oshii.

    An existential tech-noir cloaked in rusty shadows and sierra neon, starts as Blade Runner 2049 adjacent with the returning Batou as our protagonist - uber-philosophical buddy detective sleuthing in a world dammed by technology - and ends as a Paprika-esque VR mindfuck with…

  • In the Dark

    In the Dark

    ★★★★½

    31 Days of Horror 2022: #25/31

    I’ve seen my fair share of American SOV films but I struggle to think of any as filmic as this literally buried gem. Literal because In The Dark was never officially released, only existing as shady gray market discs or the version that can be found in the depths of YouTube.

    By all accounts, this no-budget adaptation of Richard Laymon’s proto-SAW/proto-Nerve novel hones trashy schlocky literature into an increasingly twisted and always unnerving horror-thriller.…

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  • Death Grip

    Death Grip

    ★★★

    Such a shame that the onscreen fighter with the fastest fists this side of the Hong Kong legends isn’t a major action star trading blows with Adkins or throwing down as a DTV regular. Thankfully we got Contour, Death Grip, Blindsided, and Rope-a-Dope from Eric Jacobus.

  • Wheels on Meals

    Wheels on Meals

    ★★★½

    The table screeching back as Jackie defends and dodges an onslaught of blow culminating in Benny The Jet’s iconic candle-snuffing kick might be my favorite ten seconds of all martial arts cinema. 

    The rest of Wheels on Meals ain’t too shabby either. As far as Sammo-directed first-half-antics second-half-action comedies go, I prefer Millionaires’ Express, but the Three Dragons at their peak entertain regardless.

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  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★

    There’s a section mid-film where Karen Gillan has a gun and knife taped to her paralyzed arms, swinging them around to fight a trio of hobbled goons, all of them awkwardly trying to kill eachother. During those brief minutes of inspired physical comedy, Gunpowder Milkshake threatens to become something inventive, fun, and different.

    No amount of Gillan swagger, Lena Headey murdering guys with gun-knives, or Angela Bassett doing her best Hammer Girl impression could save this movie though. Remember when…

  • The Autopsy

    The Autopsy

    ★★★★

    David Prior does it again with his Cabinet of Curiosities episode. The Autopsy returns to the gradual contained tension of AM1200 but with a scope recalling The Empty Man’s genre-blurring sprawl. Fascinating and gruesome cosmic body horror within the bounds of small-town noir mystery, effortlessly carried by the charismatic gravitas of F. Murray Abraham and Glynn Turman. I was engaged by the web of narrative set-up, then hooked by the grisly Lovecraftian battle of wits. The outstanding peak of the series thus far; I need to see what Prior doing John Langan or Nick Cutter or Laird Barron looks like, give the man all the money.