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  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    ★★★★★

    The most brilliant part of Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop isn't the way that it brazenly fucks with its audience in a way few documentaries would dare attempt, even if that may be the most popular consensus-- but it's absolutely part of it.

    The true genius is that even the film doesn't quite seem to know who's in on the joke or not-- or at least that's the impression it wants the audience to have.

    The truth is that…

  • Midnight Traveler

    Midnight Traveler

    ★★★★½

    There are some films that are such an unprecedented technical achievement that it's almost impossible to look at them outside of that context. Hassan Fazili's Midnight Traveler is absolutely one such film, or at least it is as far as I'm concerned.

    The Afghani filmmaker and his wife, Fatima Hussaini, used three cell phones to document their asylum-seeking journey to Europe over the course of three years and thousands of miles. This journey would take the pair and their two…

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  • Death Promise

    Death Promise

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I can't say Robert Warmflash's Death Promise was exactly what I expected it to be, but I'm also not sure that that's really a bad thing.

    Going strictly off the synopsis and my familiarity with Vinegar Syndrome's catalog, I would've anticipated this film to fall firmly within the ludicrously cruel and oppressively bleak end of the exploitation spectrum. The concept seems perfect for a blood-soaked, vicious rampage through the streets of New York-- and for better or worse, I anticipated…

  • Lost

    Lost

    I really wish Lost had never been found.

    Much like it's direct predecessor, this late-career Al Adamson project is a decidedly mediocre children's picture. Lost isn't anywhere near as profoundly absurd a film as Carnival Magic, though-- but even if that's probably a good thing in terms of suspension of disbelief, it makes for a noticeably less interesting watch.

    This is Al Adamson, after all-- and as much as I'd like to say otherwise, he's not exactly someone I'd trust…