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Modern Romance (Albert Brooks, 1981)

Albert Brooks’ comedy in this film dances, with dainty and brilliant precision, on beats both awkward and absurd; we cringe in wincing recognition, hoping not to catch a glimpse of ourselves at the corners of our clenched eyelids, at the … Continue reading

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The Forest (Don Jones, 1982)

In an inversion of the process of scratching moss off a fallen tree limb, scratching the exterior of this ostensible killer-in-the-woods film leads to a fuzzier, fragrant, and fertile interior. Two couples, both with dysfunctions ranging from casual chauvinism to … Continue reading

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Piranha (Alexandre Aja, 2010)

This film’s audience is presumably encouraged, especially in the comin’-at-ya! way the 3-D works in this film, to take verboten (and strangely boring) pleasure in the consumption practices of the recently-unearthed prehistoric razor-teethed fish of the title (that eyeball/those entrails/etc. … Continue reading

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The Stunt Man (Richard Rush, 1980)

With Steve Railsback channeling Charles Manson; Peter O’Toole Deus ex machinating while perched on a crane-mounted director’s chair; a cast of secondary players whose overlapping dialogue and excesses of quirky heartfelt humanity rivals the best of 1970s Altman; and a … Continue reading

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Paracinema #12 (June 2011)

Were that there more genre magazines with as sharp an eye for design, with as wide-ranging (and, dare it be ventured, populist) a taste in films, and with as much enthusiasm for all shapes of cinematic treasures as this one.

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Terror at Tenkiller (Ken Meyer, 1986)

Remarkably, as much (if not more) screen time and dialogue is given over to the domestic violence narrative of this pedestrian low-budget killer-in-the-woods film as to the generic slasher-stalks-his-prey narrative. Yet herein lies two strange disconnects: the real-world subject of … Continue reading

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Messiah of Evil (William Huyck, 1973)

A cabal of ghouls lurks bloodily in the meat section in the neon-lit supermarket. A shadow perches in the front seat of the dark Buick in the garage. A vermin-eating giant waits in anticipation behind the unbuilt facades of the … Continue reading

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Smiley Face (Gregg Araki, 2007)

Rather than a capitalist economy driven by the dream-engine of aspiration, wherein what is promised is that work (whether one is an un-unionized sausage factory worker or a university economics professor who relies on the contingent labor of a graduate … Continue reading

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Sledgehammer (David A. Prior, 1983)

This film deserves to be seen as the ne plus ultra of slasher films not only because of its content (one-note teenager-manqués obsessed with sexing and partying, single-setting remote location whose locale is described via tedious explication, flimsy origin story, … Continue reading

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror (James Nguyen, 2008)

The terror in the title is not avian in nature; it’s a terror that’s telegraphed by the seemingly-interminable opening, where we take the point of view of a passenger inside a traveling vehicle. It’s the gradual terror of realizing you’re … Continue reading

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