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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2015

    A riff on the classic gothic horror/Victorian romance tropes, PEAK manages to update several classic del Toro tropes for his more modern audiences.

    The brilliance of Guillermo's work on PEAK is that it draws a through line from his earlier work like THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, especially with how it handles ghosts. The idea, being, that hauntings aren't necessarily malevolent but just the aftermath of particularly traumatic events. In BACKBONE this is used to filter the trauma of war on children,…

  • Wild Card

    Wild Card 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2015

    like if LEAVING LAS VEGAS was about Nicholas Cage beating up crime in Las Vegas while being an addict.

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  • Snow White and the Huntsman

    Snow White and the Huntsman 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Jun, 2012 3

    As stunning-but-lifeless as the corpse of a pageant queen, SW&TH attempts to add some edge to a classic fairy tale. Unfortunately, everyone involved in the creation of the film seemed to mistake sex and violence for maturity, and even in doing so wholeheartedly failed at one half of that equation, creating a relatively sexless (but fun) fantasy romp.

    The idea of turning Snow White into a low fantasy seems to make sense, what with the world currently in the thrall…

  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2015 1

    the citizen kane of movies about wars amongst the stars.