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  • Annie 2014

    ★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    The superficial contemporary spins from director Will Gluck and his co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna are uninspired in their concept and flat in their execution. It also doesn’t help that the cast (of a musical) is populated with non-singers and non-dancers.

    Full Review at Film Pulse: filmpulse.net/annie-review/

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2014

    Alejandro Jodorowsky is an extraordinary storyteller. His ‘70s cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain defy simple characterization; they are wholly experiential. Jodorowsky’s Dune shows us that the director is as well.

    Full Review: www.blakecrane.com/2014/07/08/jodorowsky-s-dune/

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  • Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012 4

    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…

  • Session 9 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Mar, 2013 2

    "Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.

    It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump…