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  • Duck, You Sucker

    Duck, You Sucker 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Mar, 2015

    Like a stoned, overtly political alternate-universe version of The Good, the Bad and The Ugly. It's not quite as strong as Leone's masterpieces, but it might also be the most entertaining movie he ever made. Ennio Morricone's score is, aside from Exorcist II, the most enjoyably odd one he ever composed. And I could never get tired of Rod Steiger with a hammy Mexican accent talking about "the bahnk."

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 07 Mar, 2015

    I'm glad to have finally seen this in a cut close to what Clive Barker intended, though it wasn't quite the revelation I'd hoped for. The longer cut doesn't completely fix the movie's problems, and I think I actually prefer the tighter pace of the theatrical cut. I'm glad for the extra time with the incredible characters Barker and his makeup artists and actors created, but there's a LOT of scenes where not much happens besides the Nightbreed striking poses…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…