Hooptober 8.0 – Suicide Club (2001)

Being Film #24 for Hooptober 2021 There really is nothing like a Sion Sono film. It's too easy to slip the "gonzo" tag onto any artist whose work straddles the line of garrish cartoons and meta commentary, over the top gore covering everything like...well, gore. The fact that Suicide Club still hasn't been upgraded to... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Evilspeak (1981)

Being Film #20 for Hooptober 2021 It's interesting watching something like Evilspeak now, 40 years after its release and in a completely different world where "nerd is the new cool" holds sway and the kind of ruthless bullying we see on display feels even more startling than it must have when it first came out.... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Shin Godzilla (2016)

Being Film #19 for Hooptober 2021 We're so busy with the spectacle of shared universes and CG indistinguishable from reality that we forget the lessons of our monsters. Japan hasn't, and Shin Godzilla is a reminder of the power the most famous kaiju in the world has in holding a mirror to the nightmares of... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Mortuary (2005)

Being Film #17 for Hooptober 2021 For a director with some many bonafide horror classics under his belt, including one of the greatest horror films of all time, Tobe Hooper got a bit of a bad break. By the time the 90s arrived he was relegated to smaller and smaller films with little opportunity to... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Candyman (2021)

Being Film #15 for Hooptober 2021 The new Candyman is a lot of things. Reboot, sequel...sure. But it's also a clever, brutal investigation into the nature of narrative. So much of a story is shaped by who tells it, who owns it. Watching Nia Dacosta take the original story and twist it into not only... Continue Reading →

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