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  • Bigger Than Life

    Bigger Than Life 1956

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2015 2

    The premise of Bigger Than Life, which borrows its plot from a medical article from the 50’s recounting how a teacher experienced some unexpected side effect after taking cortisone, is completely hyperbolic and even ridiculous at times, especially when viewed from a modern perspective, but is still one of Nicholas Ray’s best work as far as I have seen. The film develops almost like an unintentional comedy at first, with Avery’s crazy superman antics being amusing, but it soon becomes…

  • The Pledge

    The Pledge 2001

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    A remake of It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958). The first 20 minutes were very promising (especially the scene where the detective talks to the parents, which has a religious component that the original didn’t have) and the cast couldn’t be better (Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Robin Wright, Mickey Rourke, Harry Dean Stanton etc.) but the film eventually loses steam with forced plot devices and an embarrassingly bad ending that feels out of character. The original wasn’t a masterpiece by…

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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2013 3

    Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…

  • The Wasp Woman

    The Wasp Woman 1959

    ★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2013 2

    I love how you can clearly see that she's wearing a shitty "wasp" costume, it adds a whole new level of unintentional depth into the movie: what if she never really transforms into a wasp, what if she's just a serial killer that puts on a costume because she's a bipolar sociopath or something?

    Corman might be a genius after all.