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  • Pulp Fiction
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Blade Runner
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  • Cast a Deadly Spell

    ★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★★

  • Brain Dead

    ★★½

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  • Blood Quantum

    Blood Quantum

    ★★★★½

    "If they're dead, they're dead. If they're white, they bite." So reads post-apocalyptic graffiti. Before we get to that '28 Weeks Later' scenario, this indie Canadian hidden gem zombie flick launches with character, featuring Mi'kmaq heroes on a First Nations reservation. While it pays homage to Romero and the likes of Tarantino, this stylish b-movie done right treads new ground. Subversive in themes & plot twists. With the Indigenous immune to bites, there is rich metaphor to enjoy (like the burning of a bloody Hudson Bay blanket) alongside the fantastic gory kills (with several yell at the screen moments).

  • Tamango

    Tamango

    ★★★★½

    Completely unknown hidden gems are hard to find. This is one. Akin to Amistad, but set entirely on the ship, this tale is morbidly fascinating with matter-of-fact brutal realism, focused on the African perspective long before Roots. Emotional highlight: Dandridge's servant slaps Tamango, warning "a slave never fights back", trying to save his life. Nevertheless, a tension-filled rebellion unfolds, culminating in a heart-rending bittersweet inspirational finale. Not without flaws, the story is entirely captivating. (Just imagine the 1958 audience thinking about their enslaved grandparents.)

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  • Cast a Deadly Spell

    Cast a Deadly Spell

    ★★★

    Cthullu Noir. Buffy tone. Creative magic. Cool practical FX. Gremlins. Gargoyles. The Necronomicon. If all that sounds like your kind of strange brew cup of tea, set the kettle. Like Constantine, our hero is a cigarette-smoking hard-boiled investigator of paranormal crimes. Part of the charm is the retro vibes, both from the 1940s setting & the 1990s filmmaking. Leading the way, Ward balances the ham & cheese with the pulp & drama, while Moore weaves a web of deceit as a Jessica Rabbit femme fatale. Highlight dialogue: "I'm serious." - "Then why'd you wear that hat?" Overall, a case of concept over story.

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★½

    In the vein of Snatch and 7 Psychopaths, meets John Wick. Playful dialogue helps set the stage for the Deadpool 4th-Wall-breaking montage, which is where it will either derail the audience or hook them along for the ridiculous ride. Unlike Fast & Furious, our hero isn't superpowered and gets hurt, although there is a slo-mo hero-dive through chaos. Pitt is like the best worst assassin, getting the job done; however messy it may be. Intriguingly, Pitt doesn't kill baddies but they die ironically in entertaining ways. Basically, an action-packed comedy filled with eccentric characters, led by a goofball hero who knows how ridiculous everything is.

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★

    Objectifying is the point in this tale of how the world can be a horror movie, treating celebrities as zoo animals. Despite the captivating filmmaking, mixing Fincher & Malick & Aronofsky styles, with a story structured around themes rather than plot, it may alienate some viewers. This is focused more on Norma Jean than Marilyn Monroe, with dream-like states helping us imagine how our hero feels through hallucinatory visuals & nuanced soundscape.

    Boldly & bravely vulnerable, de Armas "conjures Marilyn", losing herself in the…

  • I, Madman

    I, Madman

    ★★½

    Compelling concept, scary bad guy, grody gore, cool FX, pulp novella elements, and solid direction; yet, all combined can't help make up for the lackluster story. Unfortunately, not much is done with the refreshing slasher premise, delivering a rather bland adventure for our hero to embark upon. Fans of this should enjoy John Carpenter's 'In the Mouth of Madness', which explores some similar ideas.