Joe Gola

Joe Gola

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When I was a kid, adults blew cigarette smoke right in your face and that was completely normal.

Favorite films

  • Black Narcissus
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • M
  • Simon of the Desert

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  • Freaky

    ★★★

  • Paprika

    ★★★

  • A Town Called Panic

    ★★★★

  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

    ★★★½

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  • Freaky

    Freaky

    ★★★

    I really enjoyed Happy Death Day and its sequel, so I was looking forward to another kooky-concept horror movie from director Landon. And … it was fine. It delivers on its premise well enough, and Vaughn is amusing as the teen girl trapped in a middle-aged man’s body, but it never really did anything wild or unexpected with its fun setup. Part of the problem, maybe, is that the serial killer is modeled after Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees and doesn’t really have any character, so there’s not much for Kathryn Newton to do except glower.

  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★

    The imagery is wild, and there's bucketloads of creativity and intelligence in it, but the underlying sci-fi plot just didn't interest me much. I don't believe that people entering each others' dreams is ever going to be in our real future, so the concept doesn't spark my imagination in the way that space travel or plausible future tech might. On top of that, like Inception, the what-is-dreams-and-what-is-reality puzzle just feels like a rigged shell game — the ball is always…

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  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    Was hoping for cool, Alien-style science fiction, got trashy haunted house movie in space (complete with spooky lightning because they're in Neptune's atmosphere). It's dorky and clichéd, and at heart it has the sensibilities of a 1980s straight-to-VHS body horror movie. So, basically, it's Hellraiser 2047: Shadow of Uranus.

    That may all sound pretty harsh, but I have a particular grudge against this movie because back in 1997 I stupidly suggested going to see it on a double date at…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    First time seeing, and not at all what I was expecting. It’s not very schlocky, but for some reason that makes the blood and violence extra shocking when it shows up.

    It’s definitely an odd movie, though, and either it’s a little jumbled or I simply didn’t get it. Why “Candyman”? Why bees? Honestly, I never quite got a handle on what the guy was all about; first he’s just a boogeyman, then maybe he’s the mythologization of the violence…