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  • Westworld

    Westworld 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2015

    Impressive debut by Crichton. Visually there are some great looking shots. Anti-technology theme runs throughout, as every character seemingly pays for their sins directly at the hands of technology. According to Wikipedia, Crichton wanted to avoid science fiction for his first feature, but ultimately was forced into the genre by the studio. I wonder if this subconsciously affected the movie, as it seems to hold a dim view of relying on robots so heavily.
    Watch if you're interested in '70s sci-fi or just to see the villain who gives off a very Predator meets the Terminator vibe.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    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…

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  • Scanners

    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…

  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead 1980

    ★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    Film #8 of my Horror Marathon

    I had never seen a Lucio Fulci film before this one, but his is a name that I have seen on countless lists, alongside names I highly respect such as Dario Argento and Mario Bava. This raised my expectations towards City of the Living Dead quite a ways. Fulci delivers a unique take on the Zombie genre by giving the walking dead unique powers, presentation and a more direct relationship with Hell. The atmosphere…