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  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Videodrome
  • Eraserhead
  • Akira

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  • Nightbirds

    ★★★½

  • The Body Beneath

    ★★★

  • The Magnificent Dead

    ★★½

  • Xtro 3: Watch the Skies

    ★★★½

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  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★★

    I watched this earlier, and as I mull it over, I am reminded that swallowing a hard pill is part of life. I don't mean to sound on the nose or downplay Swallow, however. I am just expressing how I feel because sometimes coming to terms with bad news can be overwhelming, which is apparent in regards to Hunter. Her unusual eating habits express that she feels abandoned by her husband, which adds a layer of psychological depth which complements…

  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★★

    Fashion models, brutal murders, exquisite colors, elaborate set pieces, and a rhythmic score. These are the elements that are brought to life in what is a stunner of a giallo, and so the viewing experience is nothing short of engrossing.

    There's no denying that Bava is at his peak here. He relies on simple methods, such as tracking shots between fitting rooms, to focus on the characters' interactions. It's sneaky because you feel as though you are invading their privacy,…

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  • Nightbirds

    Nightbirds

    ★★★½

    If there's one thing that can said the line between tenderness and cruelty, it is indeed a thin one. This is the first thing that comes to mind in regards to Nightbirds, a film which is unlike anything I've seen from Milligan so far. It is a film wherein the director emphasizes the conflict between the characters, but it is more than that. It is a film of themes, namely the fragility of life, sexual experimentation, and the politics of…

  • The Body Beneath

    The Body Beneath

    ★★★

    I never thought that vampire politics and the claiming of immortality could mix, but I can't say that I didn't find The Body Beneath fascinating. Maybe I'm starting to appreciate Milligan more than I thought I would or maybe I'm just so forgiving of his faults in spite of them being clear as day. I'm not really sure at this point, so rather than attempt to figure out why I'm drawn to Milligan, I'll just say while the film in…

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  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★

    Who knew that living in Shadyside could be a blessing and a curse? Heh. Well, the good news is that learning about town's history can be eye-opening as long as you don't experience eye trauma. Not that Fear Street: 1994 is on the nose, but considering that Netflix's horror offerings have yet to win me over, I figured I might as well make a joke at the film's expense. I didn't hate it, mind you; in fact, the characters kept…

  • Repo Man

    Repo Man

    ★★★★

    You just never know what you'll find when you open the trunk of an old car. Mysterious, innit? Well, even if you aren't likely to befriend a UFO conspiracy theorist, you can at least enjoy Repo Man knowing that aliens are as commonplace as punks getting rowdy on a Saturday. The only difference is that the aliens live in the trunk of a Chevy Malibu. Sounds comfy, doesn't it? Maybe not, but at least they're an in ideal spot when…