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  • The Long Goodbye
  • The Night of the Hunter
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  • Pumpkinhead

    ★★★½

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    ★★★★

  • Excalibur

    ★★★★

  • The Humanoid

    ★★

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  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    ★★★★★

    A vampire movie that strips the glamour and power of the mythos and renders its monsters into pathetic, wandering ghouls. Into this nomadic family is thrust a seemingly-sweet teen boy who refuses to pay the wages of undeath but is fine having his maker/mother/girlfriend kill for and sustain him in an eroticized parody of breastfeeding. Tangerine Dream soundtrack, beautiful night shots of the American south, and an unhinged performance by Bill Paxton as a leather jacket-draped psychopath make this a…

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    Zardoz

    ★★★★★

    "Oh isn't that the movie where Sean Connery runs around in a red diaper?" Yes, it's the movie where Sean Connery is a barbarian who worships a giant stone head that disgorges guns and encourages him and his friends to kill until one day he sneaks onboard and is captured by an enclave of psychic, asexual immortals who are plagued by the twin problems of malaise and rebellion against their stagnant society, and it turns out that one of them…

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  • Pumpkinhead

    Pumpkinhead

    ★★★½

    Lance Henriksen summons a monster to get revenge on some teens after his son is tragically killed in a dirtbiking accident. Highlights here are Lance, the fog-drenched rural sets that are ostensibly supposed to be in the 80s but feel out of time, and the creature design by Stan Winston. Unfortunately the movie builds up to the summoning of Pumpkinhead so much that the actual kills are a bit of a letdown, but it's fascinating seeing the monster move and animate — shades of Predator and Aliens, which Winston worked on, as well as glimmers of his later work on Jurassic Park.

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    ★★★★

    Incredibly fun adventure movie featuring a slightly more heroic and dashing than usual Lupin. The whole thing takes place around a gigantic castle, but the backgrounds are diverse and gorgeous — palatial halls, ruin-capped hills, the guts of a gigantic clock tower. Plus you get a Zenigata and Lupin team-up which is basically like watching Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd get together to take down Yosemite Sam with a series of cartoon schemes. You can see Miyazaki experimenting with a lot of techniques and themes here that he would revisit over and over in his later work, and as a debut it's a wonderfully confident movie.

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