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  • Quietly On By

    Quietly On By

    ★★★★★

    'Quietly on By' begins just as 24 year-old Aaron Riley (Anthony J. Baker) suffers a severe nervous breakdown after losing his job and his girlfriend. The rest of the film takes place in the aftermath. In his fragile state, Aaron dawdles through his days like he is lost in his own head. With no job or responsibilities to guide him, he lives in a formless haze with no clear path back to social or emotional stability. Aaron is shown to…

  • Finally, Lillian and Dan

    Finally, Lillian and Dan

    ★★★★★

    One of the most delicate films I have ever seen. Honestly, it would shatter to pieces if there were even just the slightest over-emphasis on a particular tone or emotion.

    "Finally, Lillian and Dan" contains its drama to a point where for a character to just get a word out — let alone go for a kiss! —is a miracle. As Gibisser shows the challenges for these inhibited characters to make any sort of move on such a microscopic level…

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  • The Last House on Dead End Street

    The Last House on Dead End Street

    ★★★★

    This definitely ranks among the most disturbing and disorienting films I’ve ever seen. This thing holds nothing back and it is often stunning in the way some of Anger’s films are. 

    There is a lot going for this movie that I don’t know if I want to process. It just ended and I am currently afraid of my own shadow.

    All this being said, I highly recommend this film.

  • Present Company

    Present Company

    ★★★★★

    Ross has said that 'Present Company' is about people doing the right thing even though they shouldn’t be. Buddy and Christy — an unmarried couple living in Christy's parents' basement — have made the decision to stay together for their kid and it proves to be damaging for all parties involved. The couple’s discord has become routine. Any grand ambitions have made way for practicalities, and dreams are no longer at stake — not dead, so much as pushed to…

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  • The Incubus

    The Incubus

    ★★★★

    John Cassavetes holds an uncomfortably iconic place in the history of horror cinema. I say this because to this day Cassavetes — the actor, filmmaker and guiding force of the American Independent Film Movement — is still most commonly recognized by American viewers for playing Guy Woodhouse, the smirking, dishonest husband who allows Satan to impregnate his wife in exchange for a successful acting career, in 'Rosemary’s Baby.' His experience working in horror films was mostly negative. To add insult…

  • Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

    ★★★★

    This is billed as a horror-comedy, but I should warn at the outset, the humor in this film is not very funny — don’t get hopes up for sharp satire or endearing goofiness. For most of the film’s first two acts, the characters carry-on like a second-rate college improv group. They exchange excruciatingly unfunny one-liners as they dig up a grave and try to upstage each other while accidentally conjuring the dead. Bob Clark and co-writer/star Alan Ormsby make a…