Death Collector 1988)

Right. Westerns. Let’s face it, they’re dead and gone.  People keep trying to revive them, we’ve got one or two good movies along the way, but the reality is, the Western is dead.  Finished.  Kaput. Which didn’t stop people from trying to make space Westerns, like Outland, Space Rage, Oblivion, and (best of all) Firefly.  Nor […]

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City of Rott (2006)

I’ll confess it.  I like Frank Sudol’s weird little animated films a lot more than I should. I first encountered him in the anthology film, Monsterland (2016), to which he contributed a funny but gory animated short which went on a little too long. I then caught his feature film, Shock Invasion (2010), a gleefully black […]

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Shock Invasion (2010)

You never know what you’ll find next on Tubi. In this case, it was a very strange animated film which was almost entirely the work of a single — and singularly whacked out — creator, Frank Sudol. It’s quite difficult to explain his films.  All but one of them were made in an odd but […]

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Black Friday (2021)

It’s Thanksgiving night and one of the most important days of the year is about to begin: Black Friday! Well, it’s important if you happen to be running a big, strip mall Toy Store, and your bosses expect you to make a lot of money before the store closes for the day. A lot of […]

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Crumbs (2015)

Things have fallen apart. There was the war and other catastrophes, but the real problem is that everyone just lost interest in living.  Only a few children have been born since the war, the population has fallen catastrophically. The world is dying. Everyone clings to the last shreds of the old world: a record album, […]

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A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

I’m going to tell you something you already know: A Quiet Place Part II is not as good as the first film. It is hardly a surprise.  After all, the first film was a tour de force, the sort of film few mainstream directors try to make anymore.  John Krasinski set several major challenges for […]

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Beyond Reason (1970)

It’s a familiar setup, I’ll admit. We’ve seen a lot of movies like it, although they weren’t quite as thick on the ground in the early Seventies. But this is Australian version — and, I’ll note, the 1970s Australian version at that. The Big One is about to drop in the land down under and […]

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