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  • Cat People

    Cat People 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2015

    There's a lot I love about Paul Schrader's remake of Cat People - the lurid atmosphere, Fernando Scarfiotti's production design, Giorgio Moroder's score (and, of course, the title song performed by David Bowie), Tom Burman's makeup effects and, especially, Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. So I was surprised to find myself creeped out (not in a good way) by the film's frequent sex and nudity in a way that I never have been before. Maybe I'm just getting older, because…

  • Cat People

    Cat People 1942

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2015

    I must have been in just the right mood for this, because it's the first time I've gone from an intellectual appreciation for the movie's suggestive scares to actually feeling creeped out by them. Also, has David Lynch ever mentioned being a fan of this one in an interview? The psychological dynamic between the male lead and his two love interests is awfully similar to the one in Blue Velvet.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    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…