Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I was intrigued, in principal, by this movie. I’ve had an affection for daikaiju for as long as I can remember (the number of stories related to this that actually have some relevance to my life is surprising, to be sure). The idea of a much larger Kong–simultaneously hinting at the already pre-production rumours of Legendary […]

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蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

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Killer Tomatoes Strike Back (1990)

What does it say about me that I’ve wanted to see this movie for about fifteen years? Nothing good, I’m sure. I only knew of it through endless perusings of Leonard Maltin’s film guides (it should surprise no one that he thought this movie was awful), but didn’t care. I’ve always loved the original 1978 […]

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The Killing (1956)

As someone who has more interest in character than spectacle or plot and ideas than visuals as a general rule (but of course not an exclusive one), Stanley Kubrick is an unusual director for me. Obviously many people love the man’s work dearly, and I certainly put in my hands and vote for the original […]

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

I think I confused myself, and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was Leonard Maltin’s review (yes, I keep one around, a habit I picked up from my father, facilitated by bookstore employment and my sister 3 years ago in reverse order) where he called this movie “tiresome,” but I was sure I recalled this […]

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King of the Ants (2003)

You know, I can't recall exactly how I stumbled onto this film, as in 2003 I was hardly filled with horror knowledge, so Stuart Gordon's name was not likely to ring bells (though I suppose it might have done so). I'm pretty sure it was an issue of Fangoria (usually the way…), but a quick […]

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Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

How does one review a plotless series of spoof and parody sketches? Not easily, I can tell you that. If you know Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Police Squad! (or Top Secret! or a handful of other films) then you know the kind of humour on display here, because this, too, is written by “ZAZ”–David […]

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Knightriders (1981)

I stumbled across this film ages ago by accident, thinking the idea of motorcycle-mounted knights was fascinating. At the time, some years ago, I was disappointed to find it was not revisionist, intentionally anachronistic fantasy, but the story of a group of modern people who did this. I abandoned it at the time–still in my […]

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Kids (1995)

“Honest” or “pornographic” seem to be the most common words to describe this movie. I think the truth is somewhere closer to “pointless.” Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) is an arrogant, damaged virgin-chasing scumbag, who constantly thinks and talks about sex with virgins, usually with his friend Casper (Justin Pierce), who is a drug-addled, booze-guzzling, violent moron. […]

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