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An interesting script completely ruined by a lack of budget. To put it another way: The best film David Lynch didn’t direct.

Great fractured storytelling. However the budget couldn’t have been more than $10,000 US. Filmed on a consumer grade camcorder, with home-grown unfinished special effects, and a lack of shooting locations. This lack of budget is extremely apparent, which is why Red Letter Media featured the movie on Best of the Worst.

I really enjoyed the storyline though. Felt extremely inspired by Eraserhead, The Jar, and Mullholland Drive as a view into purgatory for the dammed, where you can be spared eternal torture if you understand and acknowledge your sins.

Major step above Suburban Sasquatch for director Dave Wascavage but still a piece of shit.

First screening August 1, 2022 on Amazon Prime.

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Basically? An epilogue to the Zatoichi Monogatari TV series.

This film marks Shintaro Katsu’s final appearance as Zatoichi. Overall a solid movie, as expected, but doesn’t change up the formula (Zatoichi traveling around, gambling, befriending allies and sexing up a Bond girl before killing a Yakuza boss) and seems to have dated cinematography for 1989.

Re-screened July 14, 2022 with special help.

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When Star Wars meets James Bond.

Previously I remember the scenes in outer space and with Jaws, but not a full screening. Most millennials are probably familiar from viewing on TBS holiday marathons.

There’s not as much camp as in previous film, luckily enough. Holly Goodhead is also a CIA astronaut, completely outclassing any other Bond girl intellectually. The final act is a big boss battle, reminiscent of MCU films and directly ripped from Star Wars, complete with a laser gun battle. My biggest complains stem from limited budget and redundant first act.

Oddly enough unlike the previous two screenings, this film was not enhanced. As a result, this looks worse than previous movies.

First screening July 10, 2022 on Amazon Prime.

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I actually watched this a couple of months ago and forgot to review because I was sleep half-way though.

The movie effectively wastes Cynthia Rothrock by using her as arm candy for Chad McQueen. The film also stars David Carradine as a mob boss that’s learned how to use the touch of death.

Unfortunately… the production is straight to video — with a limited soundtrack, limited camera angles, and limited martial arts scenes.

Re-screened July 10, 2022 on Tubi.

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This is a satirical slasher film not a horror film. Still better than I thought it was going to be.

If you decide to watch this, go in blind.

I’m not going to rehash the Wikipedia entry going over the plot, I will say that I’ve heard from friends that the book is superior to the movie. If there is additional ambiguity for the reader to distinguish Bateman’s reality from fantasy, then the book would easily earn a higher rating.

The film also functions as a time capsule of New York City in the late 80s. Very surprised this isn’t on Mubi or Criterion Collection.

First screening July 4, 2022 on HBO Max.

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