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  • Withnail & I
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  • First Reformed
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  • Free Willy

    ★★½

  • Stalker

    ★★★★

  • Uncharted

    ★★★½

  • Ambulance

    ★★★★

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  • Home Team

    Home Team

    This treatment of Sean Peyton’s “humbling” return to peewee football and redemptive road back to the NFL after the repugnant bountygate scandal has no clue what comeuppance even means. And no, a vegan/new-age Rob Schneider, a nosy hotel attendant, & projectile vomiting sequences aren’t going to save this sad sack of a movie. Someone needs to set a bounty on Happy Madison productions before we lose every last ounce of brain cells we have left. 

    Listen to our full excoriation of The Sandman’s studio’s latest fumblecore offering on Cinematic Underdogs.

  • Endgame

    Endgame

    Deviating from his sexploitation-saturated catalogue, Joe D'Amato's Italian post-apocalyptic cult classic Endgame: Bronx Lotta Finale is a wildly ridiculous and giddy genre pastiche. It begins as a battle royale TV game-show and mutates into an escape film as the laconic antihero Shannon (Al Cliver) leads a telepathic mutant (Moira Chen) and her oracular son to safety.

    Filled with ornate face paint, blind assassin ninja monks, radiological wastelands, fascist police, futuristic energy drinks, involuted species, horny neurosurgeons, medieval weaponry, dangerous motorbike stunts,…

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  • Free Willy

    Free Willy

    Man oh man was this a childhood fave. That ending sequence where they speed through the marina gate and the unruly lil’ waif recites a Native American chant to inspire Willy to repurpose his amusement park acrobatics & leap the rock jetty is still thrilling, grade A, heartwarming movie magic (if you can overcome the cynical & sad irony that the whale actor was infamously captive before and after the shooting of this movie).

    The oddest part of watching it again, however,…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    The most accurate & methodical depiction of the metaphysics of tripping ever put to screen. There’s the rhythmic handcar sequence to enter the Trip/Zone, a dreamy reprieve amid the flowery meadows of wonder, the waffling about how to proceed, the cadaverous stripping of ego, the swamps of self-doubt, the terrible torrents of paranoia, leaky tunnels of existential despair, a perilously prideful bunker of false enlightenment, a destructive retreat into dilapidated nihilism, & finally the return to the local pub for a come-down…

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    Jean-Luc Godard once famously said that “all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.”

    Bo Burnham just upped the ante, proving that all you really need is a single human being confined inside a single room—and maybe a caustic sock puppet, too.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    Fu#!. As a once broke touring musician, this film hit hard. Really hard.

    And the sound design is straight up impeccable.