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  • Anaconda

    Anaconda

    ★★

    H20 – Film #7

    "This river can kill you in a thousand ways."

    With uneven pacing, universally weak characters, poor dialogue, and whatever's going on with Jon Voight's awful accent, Anaconda sure isn't the cream of the crop when it comes to horror adventure. But it's still one helluva enjoyable time, and certainly a campy flick that's aged like fine wine. Well, maybe it's aged more like the $3 wine from Aldi, but hey, never argue with a bargain that'll…

  • Blood Beat

    Blood Beat

    H20 – Film #6

    I'm not entirely convinced that there's any real reason at the core of Blood Beat. You could possibly reach for some meaning behind certain elements of this baffling story (you'd be reaching very, very, very far), but this is more of a niche oddity that was probably conceived because writer-director Fabrice-Ange Zaphiratos had a suit of replica samurai armor lying around his house and it was cheap to shoot in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. I…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    "This is a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet."

    Crackling with a spirited originality made all the more pleasurable by the utter adoration for the narrative's influences, Rian Johnson's Knives Out is a whodunit for the ages; an irresistible, topical, and devilishly entertaining stroke of taut brilliance whose Christie-inspired roots find themselves simultaneously revered and rejuvenated with equal shades of Hitchcock, Columbo, and the filmmaker's genre-melding aptitude. The grasp on the assorted threads in play…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    "Come visit me tomorrow. Bring bagels."

    A carnival of consequences in the twilight of escapism.

    For what it's worth, which I know may mean very little for some depending on a score of considerations, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of Quentin Tarantino's more ambitious efforts to date; a sprawling hybrid hazily connected by a host of crisscrossing threads and clearly defined by a single conspicuous, unexpectedly melancholic tell. Where to begin when discussing the film conveniently eludes…