Tagged: thriller

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Home Video Hovel: Suburbia, by David Bax

“Everyone knows families don’t work.” So proclaims one disaffected Southern California teenage punk rocker in the waning minutes of Penelope Spheeris’ harshly, mournfully beautiful Suburbia (out now on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory). It’s not a surprising conclusion for a movie...

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Home Video Hovel: Cobra, by David Bax

When we accuse a movie of being “dated,” we usually mean that its faults have been gradually revealed by time. And George P. Cosmatos Cobra, out now on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, certainly has elements—like the glaring product placement of...

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Piercing: Wild Session, by David Bax

Even before the sharp objects come out and the blood starts flowing, it’s clear that Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing will be a film of physical performances. In the first few minutes, Christopher Abbott grabs himself by the neck and pinches shut his windpipe....

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Sundance 2019: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, by David Bax

Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile ultimately fails in its mission to provide the viewer with anything deeper or broader than an adaptation of what they’d uncover in a Google search. But it does deserve credit for respectfully avoiding the temptation to be...