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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    or, The Millennial Search For Meaning.

    About halfway through UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, its main character bursts into a bathroom stall to puke, suffering the effects of a potent edible. Scrawled in sharpie on one side of the bathroom stall are esoteric runes, fleetingly glimpsed but portending deep symbolic meaning. On the other side is a big fat penis.

    David Robert Mitchell's follow-up to his breakout instant horror classic IT FOLLOWS is not the sophomore slump that festival critics warned…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★★

    Before I review FULL METAL JACKET, I'm gonna set my table a lil bit, because it's always good to start a piece of writing with a huge digression.

    I recently watched Ken Burns & Lynn Novick's THE VIETNAM WAR series. I thought it was the best of their work so far, combining their usual rigorous academic approach with a more visceral visual presentation than they are typically able to offer. The war in Indochina was so thoroughly documented that there is…

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  • C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud

    C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud

    ★½

    There are zero Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers in this movie

  • Aparajito

    Aparajito

    ★★★★★

    Accurately captures the experience of getting the guilt trip treatment from your mom for not calling enough

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  • The Devil

    The Devil

    ★★★★★

    I need to watch more Andrzej Żuławski. After multiple bewitching viewings of POSSESSION and a baffling experience with ON THE SILVER GLOBE, I added THE DEVIL to my watchlist and promptly forgot about it for years. The other night, attempting to satiate an unquenchable thirst for horror that grips me during every Halloween season, I thought "hey, THE DEVIL is a horror movie, I'll watch that." It turns out that THE DEVIL is not really a traditional "horror movie" per…

  • Halley

    Halley

    ★★½

    NOTE: I'll be posting some old reviews I wrote for Quiet Earth (well, at least the ones I'm not too embarrassed about) in the coming days.

    VIFF 2013: HALLEY Is Mostly Lifeless [Review]

    HALLEY is 10 minutes worth of story material, luxuriating in 84 minutes of screen-time.

    Beto (Alberto Trujillo) is a living corpse. Not just a living corpse in fact, he's also a functioning member of society. He holds down a steady job at a gym, where he watches…