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  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Man with Two Brains
  • RoboCop
  • Re-Animator

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  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★★½

  • Broken Arrow

    ★★★½

  • My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★

  • Five Graves to Cairo

    ★★★★

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  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★★★

    Jane Campion's In the Cut is a film designed explicitly as an example of feminist filmmaking. The film might be classified as a thriller or even a slasher film, but viewing the film with such genre expectations would only lead to dissatisfaction. In terms of plot, In the Cut is a film about a serial killer. But the film dodges narrative convention at every turn in order to present something entirely different. There are no clues to drive the audience…

  • The King's Speech

    The King's Speech

    The King's Speech is, without a doubt, the ugliest film that I have ever seen. No, I’m not referring to the dingy interiors of Lionel Logue's home, the London fog, or anything about the dankness brought on by faux-natural lighting. I'm referring to the fever-dream direction of Tom Hooper, and his constant attempts to upstage the cast with his ever-oppressive camera.

    Too thin a story to be interesting in feature-length form and directed with such inconsistency as to be maddening,…

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  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★★½

    Second viewing.

    One of Bava's great films (though he does have many). Love how it leans into absurdity, and how funny parts of of it are (e.g., when they find the reel-to-reel tape and then accidentally play it back at a cartoonishly fast speed).

    I watched The Girl Who Knew Too Much version this time as well as the previous time. I did skim through Evil Eye this time afterward and it appears to be quite different tonally (and the ending is not only better, but is another case where it really leans into comedy). Thinking I'll watch that version next time.

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    Saw this almost a month ago, and I still don't really know what to say about it. It's not scary at all. It looks pretty great a lot of the time with some really against the grain horror direction by Nia DaCosta. The thematic angles are pretty weak. I'm glad that they tried to make a more meaningful films instead of just using an established franchise to make another empty horror movie, but they really didn't pull off what they…

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    Waiting for "Superman"

    A propaganda film, plain and simple. I know that documentaries are never objective fact, but this one is on the nefarious side. Spoiler alert! A charter school whose population is made up of students that have parents who are deeply invested in their education has a higher success rate than a public school (um, that has had students with deeply invested parents cherry-picked away from them)! Duh. Go ahead, movie, try and tell me that it has everything to do…

  • Killer's Kiss

    Killer's Kiss

    ★★★★

    Different from other noirs from the original period (and from Kubrick films in general) in that there's a ton of location shooting. It stands as not just a fantastic document of 1950s New York, but also as a Bizzaro moment in Kubrick's career where he was highly-stylized and experimental in ways that are completely different from the Kubrick we all know (location shooting, city as character, pickup shot tangents, telephoto lenses, loose construction... WTF?!) . And what I really didn't…