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  • Inferno 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 1

    Film #3 of my Horror Marathon

    I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…

  • Scanners 1981

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #2 of my Horror Marathon

    Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…

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  • Candyman 1992

    ★★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    Film #1 of my Horror Marathon

    This has a lot working in its favor: a strong female lead, an iconic bad guy, and a great score by Phillip Glass. Most of the plot plays itself out pretty predictably, but the characters are fully fleshed out (with the lone exception of Bernadette, who didn't seem to have much purpose) and the dialogue is well written. There are some very weird, romantic undercurrents in the scenes featuring Candyman and Helen. It can…

  • Oldboy 2003

    ★★★★★ Added

    The pinnacle of the Korean revenge sub-genre. Features one of the most remarkable actions scenes of all time, and its ending will stick with the viewer for a very long time.