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  • The Raven 1963

    ★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014

    It’s a cheerfully goofy picture, finding a deliciously campy Price teaming up with Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, plus a hilariously miscast Jack Nicholson as the male ingénue (the guy’s one of our finest actors, but boy is he terrible in this). The effects are silly and the script is all over the place, but it’s handsomely mounted, and there’s real joy in it—particularly when Corman puts his three legends in the same room and lets them commence the scenery-chewing competition. Not a good movie, per se, but a helluva lot of fun, and that’s about all I ask for this time of year.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    The bulk of Antonio Sanchez’s score is jazz drumming of boisterous power, and the film pulses with that improvisational energy, from the bracing camerawork on down. And the go-go-go style is just right for Keaton’s jittery energy—form is rarely better matched to function.

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