Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: Muppets fuck in The Happytime Murders. Because humanity has fallen from God’s light, it’s no surprise that this is […]

To the best of my knowledge, at the time of this writing, 1976’s In the Realm of the Senses has never been shown uncensored in its home country of Japan. The easy gag is to go for the “ye gods, it’s too explicit for the country that invented tentacle porn?” angle, except that glosses over […]

Take my hand – or whatever other body part you prefer – and walk with my back to the 1970s, and the Golden Age of Eurosmut. It was a time when the boundary between the glaciated art films developed from the mid-’50s onward and the new world of pornography was as thin and porous as […]

The creators: Written and directed by John A. Russo, who as the cover art is hugely eager to remind you, co-wrote 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. Among the producers is Bob Michelucci, who appeared as a zombie in Dawn of the Dead and had otherwise no contact with that franchise; of the three movies […]

So here I am, writing about a porn film. They don’t teach you how to do that in film school, and I’m not really sure what the proper form is. “I was aroused at the following points, and masturbated for X minutes at the film’s conclusion.” Is that you tell a successful porno? This is […]

The confluence of Easter and Grindhouse was not easy for me to ignore. Which is why, in looking for this week’s classic movie review (and as it turns out, “classic” is used here in the loosest possible definition), I had two criteria: -That, in honor of Easter, the movie involved resurrection from the dead. -That, […]