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  • The Witches of Eastwick 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Aug, 2014

    One of the first "grown up" movies I liked as a kid, I still have a soft spot for The Witches of Eastwick. It's the sort of adult-oriented entertainment Hollywood has mostly stopped making - fun, star-studded and with plenty of special effects and big-budget production value, but with a point of view and relatable adult characters. While John Updike's book, which was set in the '60s, was adapted with a distinctly '80s take on feminism and women's liberation, its…

  • Shutter Island 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014 1

    The messiest of Scorsese's most recent films, and it's hard to argue much with anyone who complains that they saw the ending coming a mile away (though I don't think it was meant as a total surprise), but its messiness and the nature of that ending have a lot to do with why it touched a deep nerve with me. The movie's countless nods to other thrillers and horror movies are a pleasure for any genre fans, but the way…

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  • 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 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…