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  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★

    Have you ever watched a movie that, for the first third, is so boring despite its pedigree that you’re resigned to simply being done with it, then the climax comes along and blows you away? That’s what “Tenebrae” is. Seriously, the first 80 minutes or so are some of director Dario Argento’s least effective set pieces and most perplexing artistic choices: The stalking scenes are long-winded and downright boring (to the point where my mind was wandering during the killing…

  • Earth Girls Are Easy

    Earth Girls Are Easy

    ★★★

    If there’s one movie that’s largely defined by how overqualified its cast is, it’s “Earth Girls Are Easy.” Just a few months before its release, lead star Geena Davis won an Oscar for “The Accidental Tourist,” and it’s hard not to wonder if she would have gone ahead with this picture had she known ahead of time she’d be an Oscar-winner by its release. Mind you, given how game Davis has always been, she very likely would have chosen to…

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  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★

    Watching “Body Double,” I finally understood why so many cinephiles see Brian de Palma as a sleazy, exploitative Hitchcock copycat. Me, I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time, and while I’ll confess I often get tired of the never-ending Hitchcock references, I’ve always found his work so distinct and striking, so technically precise and emotionally intense that it’s unmistakably inspired, but here… wow. This is pure trash from beginning to end, and the only parts that…

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★★★

    In retrospect, it’s incomprehensible that I waited all this time before finally watching John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York,” but here we are. Frankly I’m not quite sure what I expected, I somehow managed to be ignorant of the general storyline before I sat to watch the movie, but I was absolutely blown away almost immediately. It’s one of those few movies I’ve seen where everything just seems to come together and compliment each other perfectly well: To begin with,…