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  • Journey to the Beginning of Time

    Journey to the Beginning of Time

    ★★★★

    Through all the wondrous special effects and visual trickery— matte paintings, stop-motion, cut-out animation, forced perspective, puppetry, and trick photography— still one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful moments is just a shot of the sea, of waves crashing against the shore.

    This isn't a knock against the film, either— Zeman seems to know the beauty of the moment, too. He understands that the best way to counterpoint ninety minutes of magical, intricate artificiality is a chaser of simple, genuine…

  • Gothic

    Gothic

    ★★★½

    This is maybe the most I’ve ever changed my mind about a film? I gave this 1½ stars on my original viewing three years ago, and I distinctly remember the bad taste it left in my mouth. I felt it was loud and convoluted, dancing around a great number of lofty themes without ever really digging into any of them. The sex and violence and bizarre imagery seemed there simply for shock value; it played more like a parody of…

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  • The Last Warning

    The Last Warning

    ★★★

    The Last Warning is all cobwebs and dark hallways and twisted staircases and murder. In other words, it's all frosting and no cake, but it's a good sugar rush.

    I think a solid case could be made for Paul Leni as one of the great silent movie directors; his technical precision holding up even among the likes of Murnau, Eisenstein, Von Sternberg, Chaplin, or Dreyer. He knows exactly where to place a shot— if not for an emotional or logistical…

  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein

    Dracula vs. Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    This movie smells. It reeks of fast food, funnel cakes, cigarettes, coffee & whiskey on the actors' breaths, latex masks like a Halloween store, salt air blowing off the ocean. Like a windy day in Coney Island. I love it.