Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

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My latest short, Gacha Gacha, is now available on YouTube: youtu.be/pW70uMnNthY

Hi. I'm Dave. My film diet is mostly made up of horror, exploitation, and stupidity. Sometimes I…

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  • The Black Cat

    The Black Cat

    ★★★★★

    "Didn't someone already make this movie?"

    "As a matter of fact, yes. It was a big hit when it came out. Reviews. Box office. Everything!"

    "Dario Argento directed it... Suspiria... and I must admit, it was very, very good."

    And with that exchange, I realised I was watching something incredibly special. I am shocked that I was totally unaware of this movie until a few days ago. How did this slip me by? Why did I wait years only to…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…

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  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    ★★★★★

    How in fuck have I not reviewed this?! I feel like the only way to review this is in ALL CAPITALS, SEMI-FORMED THOUGHTS AND MINIMAL PUNCTUATION. OKAY, LET'S STRAP IN...

    HOLY SHIT MAN RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS EVER MADE. I CANT EVEN COUNT THE AMOUNT OF TIMES I'VE WATCHED IT. IT IS RIDICULOUS.

    R I D I C U L O U S.

    CONSTANT RELENTLESS RIDICULOUS IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER MOVIE…

  • Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

    Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

    ★★★★

    Torture and genocide become hazy memories. Crimes are forgotten or ignored. The aftermath of war rotting away in the corner. Hotel Terminus is a journey. A long detailed uncovering of stagnant evil. It is an angry film, with its filmmaker occasionally tearing his subjects to shreds. There are many figures, many faces. Ultimately, Klaus Barbie is not even the centrepiece but rather the true evil is the sweeping of victims under the carpet for political purposes. Old Nazis are still Nazis, whether it was forty years ago or eighty. A powerful, vicious film that is still sadly very relevant.

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • Tokyo Idols

    Tokyo Idols

    ★★★★½

    Living in Osaka, the sight of a young girl singing on the street surrounded by old men—cameras out, filming silently as sweat drips from their wrinkled faces—is about as common an occurrence as walking past a Family Mart. It unsettled me when I first moved here, but, over the past year, it's blended into the background, becoming part of the overall composition of this city—a city I love to bits and a city that deeply upsets me. Tokyo Idols, like…