Paul Anthony Johnson

Paul Anthony Johnson

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***** - Loved It Madly
****- Loved It
*** - Liked It
** - Didn't Like It
* - Hated It

Favorite films

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Contempt
  • Sans Soleil
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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  • Fire of Love

    ★★★★

  • In Search of Darkness: Part III

    ★★★

  • Jeepers Creepers: Reborn

  • The Special

    ★★★

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  • The Curse of the Cat People

    The Curse of the Cat People

    ★★★★★

    Despite its title and lineage, a lot of smart people don't think Curse of the Cat People is a horror movie. The estimable William K. Everson, in Classics of the Horror Film (1975), lamented that the title “tried to pass off a fairy story as a horror yarn” and in A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (1973), Denis Gifford wrote that the film was “a brilliant piece of supernatural cinema, but a long way from horror.” But I’d argue it…

  • The Asphyx

    The Asphyx

    ★★★

    The Asphyx is a melancholic twitch of a film tradition that was just about to pass into oblivion by 1972. As such, its neglected status is easy to fathom. If setting trends usually guarantees posterity, then being a belated relic of an outmoded style always guarantees instant obscurity—thus we remember 1967 as the year of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, not as the year of Charlie Chaplin’s A Countess from Hong Kong and Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot. In…

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  • Jeepers Creepers: Reborn

    Jeepers Creepers: Reborn

    Spent a good chunk of the first half or so thinking, "This isn't that bad." The movie meanwhile soon responded to that thought as if it were a dare. Still, the greenscreen used prominently in the climax is so blatantly unconvincing and awkward that a talented a filmmaker could have done something interesting with the resulting level of chintzy stylization. I feel like only David Lynch in Twin Peaks: the Return, Coppola in Twixt, and Resnais in You Ain't Seen…

  • In Search of Darkness: Part III

    In Search of Darkness: Part III

    ★★★

    Like the two prior In Search of Dorkness movies, this is a fairly haphazard talking heads assemblage of semi-famous actors/directors and genre journalists/claqueurs speaking largely in banalities about 80s horror movies, the only difference is this one goes on for over 5 hours and at this point the movie selections are mostly sub-mediocre. Pretty sure I will only be putting this one on in the background while doing housework 37 more times between now and the end of the year.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a life insurance policy.

  • Circus of Books

    Circus of Books

    ★★½

    The fact this doc spends more time on how the woman who co-owned a major gay porn book store in Los Angeles and co-produced a bunch of gay adult movies in the 80s had trouble accepting the coming out of her son than it does on how the AIDS crisis affected her business and the community it catered to and employed is both inevitable and understandable given the subject's daughter made said doc. But that's also why someone other than…