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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    A stately sci-fi exploration of what makes someone human. At times chilling, often captivating, and occasionally stunning, it comes just short of pulling off a rounded story. The slow pace and lack of explanations may drive some mad, but I thought the film played just coy enough to remain intriguing.

    With all of the action roles that Johansson is becoming known for, it's neat to see her in a quitter role where she commands attention without quips and punches.

  • Ninja III: The Domination 1984

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    I... I'm not sure ninjas work that way?

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  • Rabid Dogs 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2012 2

    Not a great Bava film, but a good one. While sometimes crossing from dangerous into ludicrous, the film maintains tension and a sense of peril throughout. A few scenes create the cringing sympathy of later films like "Last House on the Left". I haven't seen the English language cut, but the Italian is impressive for its ability to make you believe that you've witnessed offscreen horrors.

    Not a perfect movie, but one that feels important in founding the survival genre of horror.

  • Halloween 1978

    ★★★½ Rewatched 26 Apr, 2014

    Thank you, John Carpenter.