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  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    "Taken at face value, John Dahl’s 1994 neo-noir The Last Seduction would seem to have more in common with, or at least be intentionally capitalizing on, the decidedly erotic thrills of early-’90s thrillers like Basic Instinct (1992) and Indecent Proposal (1993); but outside of its title and some mostly clothed bouts of adventurous lovemaking, The Last Seduction is more interested in power than sex. In that, it bears striking similarities to Dahl’s previous film Red Rock West (1993), likewise set…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    "The winner of the TIFF people’s choice award was Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemans, a rip-roaring film that plays like a celebrity memoir ghost-written by a real wit with a taste for the literal (in this case, Tony Kushner).

    "... In all, the film is the best thing it could possibly be: a big-hearted blockbuster with laughs, tears, and winking fan service for the whole family. It feels strange to be piling more praise onto the auto-hagiography of the world’s most successful living purveyor of moving images, but there it is."

    Maxwell Paparella for Screen Slate in TIFF 2022 wrap-up published 9/20/22.

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  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf

    "Despite focusing on a self-absorbed jerk contemplating murder most of the runtime, A New Leaf is a genuinely sweet film. Maybe that’s due to the studio interference—May’s cut included an excised subplot casting marriage as a life sentence—but the film’s ending and Henry’s slow growth remained unchanged from May’s vision. At one point after getting soaked to the bone, Henry asks Henrietta 'Still cold?' Henrietta says, 'I feel a little warmer,' a perfect summation of A New Leaf’s effect." Featured by Danielle Burgos

  • House of 1000 Corpses

    House of 1000 Corpses

    "Rob Zombie’s debut feature, House of 1000 Corpses did not make positive waves upon its troubled release in 2003, having been passed around by multiple distributors and undergone a bevy of cuts in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. While Zombie has gone on to hone his directorial skills and become somewhat of a horror auteur, his first film emits the sensation of someone throwing everything at the wall in anticipation of never getting another chance to do so. What…