1) Black Water (2018)- New Dolph Lundgren/Van Damme 'actioner' that opens in most places next week. Hugely entertaining. A film that not only embraces its yesteryear B-movie theatrics, but exploits them to great effect. Lundgren is so good here in his small role. Review at Dallas Film Now.
2) Sole Survivor (1983)- Remember that great, nasty post-nuke film
"Night of the Comet"? This is from the same director the year before
which got him that gig. Atmospheric at times and it creates some
terrific tension from its urban sprawl. Hard to deny that films like
"Final Destination" and "It Follows" blatantly ripped this one off.
3) Adore (2013)- Should be waaaay more interesting than it is,
especially because it deals with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright screwing
each other's 18 year old sons.
4) Who Took Johnny (2014)- On Netflix. Pretty terrifying for the
malicious, half-baked conspiracy theories it proposes. I spent about 4
hours after this film exploring the internet wormhole for some facts
behind the events this film highlights.
5) Mortal Thoughts (1991)- Been on a bit of an Alan Rudolph kick lately.
This one is pretty simplistic.... early 90's HBO style film noir with
Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Glenn Headley doing their worst hawkish New
6) Vazante (2018)- If you like Bela Tarr or Cria Guervos films, this
one's for you. Slow but ultimately very sad black and white film about
life on a plantation in South America and the consequences of boredom
and colonial rule.
7) Roads to the South (1978)- The last Joseph Losey film I'd never seen
(which finally popped up on KG and CG, thank you!). Wish I could say it
was worth the wait. It is a companion piece to "Mr. Klein" however, in
that Yves Montand plays an exiled ex Communist brought back into the
struggle after his wife dies in an accident. Flat at times, laborious at
others, it does close a chapter in Losey's non American financed 70's
8) Hereditary (2018)- Effective horror film, but jeez people are doing
cartwheels over this. I felt it a bit derivative. The best seance film? A
nifty little George C. Scott number called "The Changeling". Or maybe
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Seance" which does just as much with light and
shadow as "Hereditary".
9) Variety Lights (1950)- Fellini's debut film that encapsulates all the
themes of his later work- a wandering sense of the journey being more
important than the destination.... his fascination with
creative/performance artists.... and a clinging love for the distraught
10) The Misandrists (2018)- Queer pioneer filmmaker Bruce Labruce's most
mainstream work is still not for the faint of heart. It plays like a
cross between a Rainer Werner Fassbinder film and a student porno. Enter
at your own risk. Full review at Dallas Film Now