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  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Braindead
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Bride of Frankenstein

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  • Summerland

    ★★★

  • The X from Outer Space

    ★★½

  • Unedited Footage of a Bear

  • Before Midnight

    ★★★★½

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    such a sweet spot in horror, not only as a remarkable sequel that comes close to surpassing its original, but as one that properly turns its villainous icon into an allegory for mental illnesses that fall on deaf ears while simultaneously upping the nightmare realm through phenomenal practical effects and a keen eye for empowering survivors without losing itself to fantastical cheese—quite the mouthful, and quite the feat. Dream Warriors deeply defines its characters and thus enhances the familiar slumberscape while…

  • Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    ★★★★★

    “Frat Row was no longer a street: it was a river. of BLOOD.”

    the quintessential cinematic definition of “so bad it is good,” to the point where it actually is good? the unironic decadence of Dude Bro Party Massacre III is irresistible, filled with perfectly-acted fraternity brothers being torn apart and disemboweled in the name of spectral brotherhood that transcends life and death. but, honestly, it is just stupid-great amusement. many lines are delivered with an expected dimwitted alpha-kappa-beta-sigma-esque demeanor,…

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  • Summerland

    Summerland

    ★★★

    sweet and airy, with a period wartime piece of warmth and wonder boding well in its soft-spot niche that, though it could be useful, does not rely on tragedy as the backbone or amplifier, ultimately working in most of the film’s favor. Summerland has personality, great performances, and that seaside that ambiance that meshes with melancholic memories of the past and the immediacy of adolescent whimsy successfully—the big miss, more an unfortunate disappointment than a real negative, is the breakneck…

  • The X from Outer Space

    The X from Outer Space

    ★★½

    peppy little sci-fi romp that ends up blending in with countless others from the era, but its spunk helps the trite middle-ground remain amusing enough to hold a mild degree of interest until its climax roars in and saves the day. charmed by its cheapness and rubbery demeanor, The X From Outer Space leans hard into camp, and despite not being quite as memorable or prosperous as neighboring iterations, the glaring optimism and bouncy score are too fun to ignore or draw sharp criticisms towards. miniature work being blown to bits by a guy in a kaiju suit will always be entertaining.

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    ★★★★★

    stop-motion’s magnum opus. a short, sweet descent into imaginative vigor that bursts and blooms at the seams with fantasy and horror married so perfectly in harmony, where Selick, Burton, and Elfman summon an impossible sensation of whimsy, excitement, morbidity, and, perhaps above all, a distinct nostalgia for the ages. inarguably some of the greatest character design and easily one of the finest scores/musical compositions ever put to screen, a total jolly, gross-out experience that radiates spirit beyond the holiday, worthy of marvels no matter how many years it remains in rotation.

    “WHAT’S THIS?”

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Sorry to Bother You outstandingly contrasts reality and fiction with hilarity and horror, amplifying its commentary on white, complicit corporatization/capitalism with ultimate absurdity, but avoiding farce in exchange for a wildly-entertaining upward crawl along the ladder of the corrupt, no matter how literal it becomes. to effectively pull this off with brushes of cinematic excellence beyond mere artistry is obviously worth all the appreciation alone, and with Riley’s hands-on production (direction, screenplay, score), a heartened integrity beats at the center…