• Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    still feel like the cumulative effect of this is so much more melancholy than the simplistic, juvenile genre catharsis of its climax that seems to overwhelm the conversations around it. tarantino overtly believes in the power of cinema and fantasy, yes, but you can really sense him wrestling with its limitations here too which i think is an important distinction between this and the other history-changing pastiches he's been playing around with. Basterds always played to me like a call…

  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★★

    "now, you must remember: the enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives. destroy the image and you will break the enemy."

    [35mm]

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★★★

    one of the medium's foremost masters of screen space has a panic attack, a full-blown psychotic breakdown when confronted with the post-9/11 horror and confusion and paranoia that comes with the realization that our space no longer feels safe. some of the straight up cleanest and scariest monster/disaster suspense sequences ever put to film. watched this on the new 4K blu-ray and felt like i was seeing a number of its gruesome images i've never been able to get out…

  • Phantom Lady

    Phantom Lady

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside May God Forgive Me (1948) on episode 147 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest peter labuza, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • The Mask of Zorro

    The Mask of Zorro

    ★★★★

    very simple but effective and romantic swashbuckling western with nice anamorphic compositions and very clean, sturdy action setpieces. so many hot people holding swords.

  • Lucy

    Lucy

    ★★★★

    kush got me feeling like lucy when she goes cyberpunk anime tree of life mode.

  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★★★

    a potent combination of tangible, textured design/location work captured on beautiful 35mm and digital camera action immediacy for its relentless, constantly escalating adventure chase structure, and of course an absolute fucking pyscho with a punishment fetish in charge of it all who wants to make sure you feel every every filthy, torturously depraved piece of bodily harm endured because to suffer and survive colonization is to live or something. idk but it's gorgeous and brutal and the closest thing to a prestige italian cannibal film we're likely ever going to get.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    with each watch i am just more impressed by how economical and restrained many of cooper's choices were both in front and behind the camera for material that begs you to go as big as possible. others have said but it is almost eastwoodian. some very simple setups, camera moves and cuts in this with real skill and emotional weight to them. the scene between him and sam in the truck is a good example, just a simple shot-reverse-shot from…

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★★

    4K 60fps got me feeling like howard hughes. like im gonna reach into the screen and hold digital baby will smith in my arms.

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★★

    an incredibly silly but surprisingly efficient, mean and brutal hybrid of spielberg's Duel and schumacher's Falling Down that cuts to black at exactly 81m. russell crowe is as large, sweaty and cartoonishly psychotic as advertised, even his gut has a menacing screen presence. some of the year's finest mugging and grunting. absolute king shit. nominate him

  • Branded to Kill

    Branded to Kill

    ★★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Tokyo Drifter (1966) on the latest patron-exclusive, bonus episode of my genre/exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, which you can access over on our patreon by clicking here.

    subscribing to our patreon gains you access to this episode, all previous bonus eps (70!! you can see all the films covered so far here) and all future bonus eps (2 more every single month!!). you can listen to all of our 74 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Tokyo Drifter

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Branded to Kill (1967) on the latest patron-exclusive, bonus episode of my genre/exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, which you can access over on our patreon by clicking here.

    subscribing to our patreon gains you access to this episode, all previous bonus eps (70!! you can see all the films covered so far here) and all future bonus eps (2 more every single month!!). you can listen to all of our 74 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.