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  • Speed Racer 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2014

    Overlong, with pacing problems and odd choices, this is nonetheless a terrific and engaging film. The race scenes are exciting, and the visuals are stunning. Just a real hoot.

  • Pearls of the Deep 1966

    ★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2014

    My third foray into the Eclipse set of Czech new wave cinema, and the 2nd one that's left me wondering what I saw. I suspect that I'd get a lot more out of these if I had more context for them. As it is, I can only say that this is a collection of short films, some interesting, some not, about, well, people. Um, and some of them die.

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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.