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  • Count Yorga, Vampire

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  • Princess Mononoke

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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  • Count Yorga, Vampire

    Count Yorga, Vampire

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    History’s most khaki-pants-wearing vampire movie, dropping a debonair (and bequiffed) Count into an L.A. so banal that at one point we literally see retirees playing shuffleboard in the background of a shot. Despite a little sheer-nightgown business, this feels only tangential to the erotic vamp cycle of the same moment, and it’s too square to seize on the frisson between Yorga and the male leads. The pace picks up considerably at the end (with a touch of splatter, even) but it also loses its Californian feel when it goes full Gothic.

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

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    Miyazaki’s greatest narrative achievement, a sprawling jidaigeki of warring factions (human and not) with the coiled-up energy of a single-location standoff. It’s the culmination of many ideas that go back to NausicaΓ€ and earlier, to The Little Norse Prince. But its most virtuosic quality is its ability to speak on a level that doesn’t depend on plot at all, but on weird transformations of matter, phase changes and appeals to the sense of touch. It’s in the rattling of the…

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  • The Pumpkin Race

    The Pumpkin Race

    There are few film images more satisfying than giant, self-propelled pumpkins softly bouncing into a manhole.

  • Crossroad

    Crossroad

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    The cities were full of detail and grotesquery, but there was something about the half-rendered countryside that drew me into endless, third-person motorbike trips. When Solomon, great excavator of the undersides of images, played San Andreas, he charted a course for the heart of the game: the animation of CJ's body at rest.

    The bouquet, left spinning in gale-force winds, is meant to be used as a gift in a romance subplot, a disappointing date simulator. This being GTA, you…