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  • Immortals

    Immortals 2011

    ★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2016

    Like Julie Taymor's Percy Jackson trilogy with all beautiful production values and meandering plot development one expects from a Tarsem film.

  • Häxan

    Häxan 1922

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2016

    There is some absolutely beautiful imagery in it and a far more damning view of witch hunters than I expected. Sure, it's an exploitation documentary - both condemning witch hunts while entertaining with witches, devils, naked ladies on brooms. And, yes, it replaces "witch" with that catch-all anti-woman "hysterical" but it's trying for accuracy.

    Starts slow on lots of text book pictures but picks up with its fictional narrative. Really a remarkable film for its time.

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  • The Gift

    The Gift 2015

    ★★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2015

    Why is it so hard to make a movie like this where the third act doesn't completely destroy the interesting second act twist?

    You had so much potential, THE GIFT. Jason Bateman was really well cast for what you were going to pull off. And then you wasted it. Enough that I am still annoyed.

    I get really angry at movies that get this close to doing something unique/surprising and then pull back into conventional thriller land, like they're some sort of gifted kid who ends up working at 7-11.

  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

    Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2016

    Both a fun corny sci-fi and a damning condemnation of the excesses of government power and the horrors of war with truly lovely fever dream alien sequences. Really an amazing film in the schlock sci-fi tradition.