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  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    ★★★★

    Director’s Cut. Kind of bad, but actually awesome. OG Planet of the Apes meets OG Mad Max as a creepy mystery thriller starring Professor Lupin, 1995’s Batman, and Don Corleone.

  • Kin-dza-dza!

    Kin-dza-dza!

    ★★★★½

    The whimsical grunge-tech of Mad Max meets the clever absurdity of Terry Gilliam in this satire about two Russians who accidentally teleport to an alien world. Funny and minimalist with lovingly crafted world building, Kin-dza-dza is a deep dive into the culture of planet Pluke complete with new languages, customs, and inventions. 

    Blacklisted from release in the US during the height of the Cold War for its satire of capitalism and heavy use of the alien word “koo” which sounded like the initials of the General Secretary of the Communist Party, K.U. Chernenko.

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  • Danger: Diabolik

    Danger: Diabolik

    ★★★★

    Psychedelic 60s Batman meets Euro-superspy cool. Master criminals, castle heists, airplane trap doors, surf rock music by Ennio Morricone, and the greatest bed in movie history.

  • The Drifting Classroom

    The Drifting Classroom

    ★★★★

    The Japanese director of Hausu (1977) brings his trademark insanity to this manga adaptation about a school that time-slips into a future desert wasteland. It’s Lord of the Flies meets Goonies as the stranded schoolchildren struggle to survive amidst psychedelic storms and giant cockroach monsters, all beautifully scored by Joe Hisaishi, famous for his evocative work on Ghibli films. A bizarre mix of Japanese and phonetic English only enhances the weirdness and at times the acting is so bad it’s good again. Stick around for the spontaneous song and dance numbers.