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  • The New York Ripper

    The New York Ripper

    ★★★★½

    Jesus...where in Sam Hill did this come from, Fulci? You wouldn’t let a single kiss occur on-screen in The House by the Cemetery; one year later, you’ve got a dude jamming his nasty toes into some chick’s snatch.

    The New York Ripper is unbelievably rancid. It’s a film that’s been carefully brined in sleaze and pure nastiness, the likes of which caught me completely off-guard. It is for this reason I enjoyed it so.

    Also, at some point the killer’s Donald Duck voice…

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★½

    A grotesque filmic journey through the grief of a misguided soul. Natalie Portman turns in yet another show-stopping performance with Vox Lux, once again portraying an apostate performer who flew too close to the sun.

    The first act absorbs you with its melancholic atmosphere; the acrid tang of tragedy looms through every scene therein. The first 15 minutes of this feature are, stylistically speaking, nigh on perfect — it nearly felt as though it were made just for me.

    This…

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  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★★½

    Daisies seems to be weird just for the sake of being weird. That’s not a bad thing by any means; quirkiness and stylistic flourish are the two things that make it all work.

    There might be some important cultural context I’m missing here, and my being out of the loop may have hindered my enjoyment a teensy bit. Nevertheless, it’s a peculiar experiment worth viewing for its brash originality alone.

  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    ★★

    Started last night, finished tonight — don’t remember much from either viewing session.

    If this had been 30-40 minutes of just Nick Cage smackin’ the tar out of evil robots, then everything would have been peachy keen. It’s a shame they chose to pour gallons of bland, uninspired filler between the fun bits, just so it could be feature-length...

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★½

    HoopTober Se7en - Film #1 / 31
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    Ah, so here we are at the beginning of HoopTober! To start things off, I decided to go with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. This is the only film on this year’s list that I’ve already seen, and I have a pretty good reason for rewatching it...

    I was not at all a fan of this one the first time I watched it. I thought it 100% flat-out fuckin’ sucked. The original was…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    This was my fourth time watching Possession, and while I have my own little theories, I still feel like I’m miles away from getting the actual point. Behind all the mania lies a sense of deliberation; everything has its purpose, even if it doesn’t appear to at first.

    For me, the emotional experience is what really keeps me coming back. Even if you don’t understand a goddamn lick of what’s going on, the wide array of hyper-expressive performances keeps you…