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  • Domino

    Domino

    Cutting was so ridiculously fast that I flat gave up even wanting to watch after 10 minutes.

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    According to IMDB, this film cost $185,000,000 to make.

    I am hoping they paid $184,000,000 of that to the screenwriter responsible for Arnold's dialogue. Because that is the only entertaining thing about the movie.

    Cinebistro Baltimore.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★

    I absolutely loved the ingenuity of this film's premise, its carefully drawn characters, and its exquisite set design and cinematography. A modern satire on extreme social class divides that was hilariously mercenary rather than political. It felt breathtaking and new.

    But the introduction of the far less-well-drawn interlopers at the midpoint introduced a complexity that plunged all of the aforementioned brilliance into chaos. Maybe the chaos was the point, and was supposed to dovetail with the father's admission late in…

  • Satan's Black Wedding

    Satan's Black Wedding

    ★★★½

    A nice Z-budget addition to the "Satan is a vampire, because, why not" sub-sub-genre. Agreeably dark, lots of cars driving around, super creepy female vampire brides of Satan, and best of all a wholesale grim ending.

    Nightmare USA. Retro Shock-a-Rama DVD.

  • Triple Frontier

    Triple Frontier

    ★★★★

    Exceptionally well paced thriller that combines the heist genre with the "dogs of war" genre. A great ensemble cast, and every character matters. Most entertaining.

  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★★½

    An extremely well made and compelling film--no criticisms really. But not the kind of thing I can imagine ever wanting to see again.

    A variation on Stockholm Syndrome, where there is just a tiny enough bit of Syndrome going on to advance the story to a fairly predictable conclusion. I think a bit more on the back story of the protagonist and a bit less of the psycho couple would have deepened the film considerably.

    The director (or cinematographer) makes…

  • Linda Lovelace for President

    Linda Lovelace for President

    To coin the parlance of this film, "I have now seen everything."

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    They say that breaking up is hard to do.

    From my perspective anyway, nice use made of a group of excessively ordinary, uninteresting young white people thrust into an extraordinary, complex, and punishing situation--leaving the impression that Aster created his protagonists and that situation so that he could loathe them openly. The only other example of this I've encountered is CLOVERFIELD, which I did not like until I understood all the characters but one were designed to be shallow.

    All told, a flawless one-way trip. Aster is the new standard in high-minded horror.

    This review is for the 147-minute cut.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    The truth about all families is finally revealed.

    Meet the new Roman Polanski.

  • Good Dick

    Good Dick

    ★★★★★

    Love is what it is. I was moved.

  • The Hitchhikers

    The Hitchhikers

    ★★★½

    Fun but somewhat tame grindhouse sexploitation (or maybe hippiesploitation) film, exploiting in particular the Manson model--except in this case the "Manson" is just a guy using chicks to make money, with no nefarious ambitions beyond that.

    Oddly also pretty much a cousin to the biker films where all the bikers hang out at an abandoned ranch, only here there is only one dude and about eight women.

    I was going to say Spahn Ranch, but felt that might be a…

  • Star Time

    Star Time

    ★★★½

    I am not generally a fan of schizophrenic psychopath narratives (FIGHT CLUB, DRESSED TO KILL, etc.), but STAR TIME had a relentless appeal, one that overrode the inevitable reveal that the bad guy was the good guy.

    I cannot forget the Lynchian cut to the car engine in the early part of the film. Happens a couple of times, super effective.

    Maureen Teefy was incredible from start to finish. I do not understand why she did not become a superstar.…