• A Return to Salem's Lot

    A Return to Salem's Lot

    ★★★

    larry cohen makes one of those sequels in name only that italians loved to make all the time and follows up hooper's eerie, slowburn 70s new england vampire movie with a sillier, almost adventure 80s movie version of the material that includes sam fuller as a former nazi hunter turned vampire hunter and climaxes on a gory community theater action standoff. fun!

  • Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing

    ★★★

    wes craven's comic book throwback to classic mad scientist monster movies is nowhere near as good as either film but is an admirably goofy and cheap combination of Creature From the Black Lagoon and Southern Comfort. worth a look for anyone interested in seeing military dudes getting fucked up in various swamps and marshes by a dude in a rubber suit, or just spending time with adrienne barbeau.

  • Deadly Blessing

    Deadly Blessing

    ★★★

    pretty thin material that kinda struggles to coherently connect its slasher elements to its supernatural ones but cool to see the precise overlap of craven still very much locked into the troubling family dynamics and rippling violence of religious fundamentalism that defined so much of his first decade of work while also starting to develop the clean suspense craftmenship and psychological dream qualities that would define his next decade of filmmaking. (also this was sharon stone's first movie for anyone interested in... that sorta thing.)

  • All About Ah-Long

    All About Ah-Long

    ★★★

    cute hong kong class melodrama with chow yun-fat as poor, single dad (and former motorcycle racer) reuniting with the mother of his child who due to a series of complicated circumstances left them both behind for a brighter, wealthier future in america. very broad and conventional stuff but johnnie to brings a really solid 80s pop romance style that knows when to deploy music, slomo and color at the rights moments, and the performances from chow and sylvia chang are…

  • JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass

    JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass

    ★★★

    not much more going on here than a simplified, greatest hits victory lap for stone but i’ll allow it. the dude was right, the CIA absolutely killed kennedy.

  • Stranger in Our House

    Stranger in Our House

    ★★

    70s teen horror tv movie about an evil force infiltrating and manipulating a cartoonishly domestic family in the form of a long-lost witch cousin that gets kinda fun and weird with the premise in the last 10 minutes or so. however it's a very long journey of linda blair pouting her way through obvious, boring build-up to get to those 10 minutes. genuinely feels like the reveal should've happened a solid 45 minutes before it does and that the other half of the movie is missing. the rare craven miss.

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★

    one of the funniest, most pathetic and anxious depictions i've seen of male ego/self-destruction. grodin has this perfectly-pitched awkward confidence of a man who can't help but treat every impulsive decision and interaction as an active sales pitch, and very impressed by may's stillness and control with the camera. makes the neurotic pursuit of the overt delusion (that's obvious to everyone but him) even funnier when it occasionally lingers or pulls back from his POV and just breaks for a split second before we're thrust right back into his single-minded drive.

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, 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.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream (1996) and Scream 3 (2000) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, 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.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, 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 Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

    The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

    ★★★

    credit to cohen for such an appropriately angry, deglamorized fictional dramatization of this period of american history and the spectacular casting job (especially loved michael parks as bobby kennedy) but can't help but feel him just a bit constrained by the dull tv movie re-enactment form he's opted for, im assuming in an attempt to be taken more seriously by boring people who don't care for his b-movie credentials. which is too bad, i think he does a decent job…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★

    genuinely respect the attempt made here to buck the tone, structure and look of these movies but this ultimately stands as a testament to what an obvious fools errand that is. it doesn't matter that you're working with material that has real, philosophical ideas, or that you've seen terrence malick movies or 2001: A Space Odyssey, or that for the first time in these movies history you shot on real locations with natural lighting, framing and scale. all the gestures…