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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2015

    I don't know how I had never seen this masterpiece before but I am so glad that I clicked the play button on it while mindlessly scrolling through my queue last night. The performances are nearly flawless (Jeff Goldblum is pitch perfect as the pained author who seemingly can't get the attention his genius so obviously deserves), the movie is visually rewarding at almost every turn, and the tension is palpable throughout. Carpenter's The Thing is my favorite film of…

  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow 1978

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    This is the earliest Chan film I've taken in as of yet. From my minimal viewing of his filmography so far, I'd say I enjoy his movies because of his sublime mixture of physical feats of strength, and inventive bits of physical comedy. My in-depth research on this film (2 minutes scanning the Wikipedia page) tells me that this was one of the first Hong Kong Martial Arts films to institute a lighter, comedic tone, and it didn't surprise me…

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  • Scanners 1981

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 3

    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…

  • Inferno 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 2

    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…