Vortex (1982)

It was called “No Wave Film.” Although that wasn’t the official name: it was borrowed from the No Wave underground music movement which was already growing at the time and involved many of the same people. Some people called it the “New Cinema,” which was actually the name of the theater which showed these films. […]

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Claw (2021)

Let’s face it:  Claw is basically a goofy little comedy, with two friends stranded in the middle of nowhere taking shelter in an old Ghost Town. Where a crazed lone scientist just happens to be raising a prehistoric raptor. It doesn’t aspire (or pretend to aspire) to greater things.  It’s just a fun little movie […]

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Ovnis en Zacapa (2015)

(Literal Title: UFOs in Zacapa) Before we get started, there’s something here we need to point out: O.V.N.I. is an acronym for what we would call a UFO. It’s used in several languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese and even Spanish, which are close enough to each other that the acronym is the same in all […]

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Vortex (2001)

Short films are so hard to find. There was a bit of word of mouth going around about this film and director Michael Pohl’s earlier short film, Extinct, when I first started looking for films online. And here it is, about Fifteen years since I first started looking for Vortex, and over Twenty years since […]

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Decapitarium (2021)

(aka, Edgar Allen Poe’s Decapitarium) They seemed like such a happy couple. At least, that is, until Dr. Wilkinson accidentally blew up his wife’s body, leaving her a living head. Science can be so hard on your marriage. Particularly when your angry wife, in a fit of bodyless pique, decides to start killing people and […]

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Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995)

…And once again we’re back to Albert Pyun. Albert’s directorial career is a rather curious mixture of impressive displays of technical skill, uninspiring assignments, minuscule budgets, dubious casting choices (not necessarily his), flashy action, the occasional bad idea, true inventiveness, and, curiously, art house ambitions.  You can’t call him a bad director, even if some […]

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The Peacemakers (2021)

Substance use is recommended for this film. But for Legal Issues we’ve changed the statement above. Substance use is not recommended by this film. You have to admit that isn’t the usual opening credit for a movie…. This little independent from New Zealand is another odd one. But at least it is very funny. Two […]

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Kamikaze 1989 (1982)

(aka, Kamikaze 89) “Suicide.” “It would be the first in four years.” “Sorry, I meant ‘premature death.’” You hear a lot about the French New Wave, and the Czech New Wave, but not as much has been said about the German New Wave of the seventies. Well, technically, the “Neuer Deutscher Film,” or New German Cinema. […]

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