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  • Your Sister's Sister 2011

    ★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Perfectly nice hangout movie, in a pretty setting with three perfectly charming people, that gets swamped in its last act by all that Serious Drama, which shall we say harshes the mellow, montaging the shit out of everything.

    Up until then it's very pleasant, if a little implausible. Mark Duplass here is playing a guy whose picture is next to "schlubby" in the dictionary, while it wasn't so long ago I saw a movie where Emily Blunt saved the world…

  • The Virgin Spring 1960

    ★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    Wanna feel like an old-timer? Max Von Sydow was 30 when he played the vengeful father here.

    It's totally unfair, but I always kinda stinkeyed this movie because Last House On The Left fans always leeched off of it to lend that movie some artistic legitimacy. I like Last House On The Left just fine, but dismissing it as hateful, horrible garbage is a perfectly valid appraisal of it, and "But did you know it was a remake of The…

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  • The Haunted Palace 1963

    ★★★½ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2013

    Whoa, a Poe/Lovecraft mashup, from prime Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price? Be still my raging boner.

    I don't often dig up my old Cavalcade Of Schlock reviews but I did with this one because I wanted to know if I'd seen this before. I had, and I apparently had quite a crush on the leading lady.

    Like in The Pit And The Pendulum, it doesn't start as a pure villain performance but it sure ends up there, Price throwing in maybe one part the well-baked ham to two parts the icewater in his veins.

    Debra Paget - worth crushing on.

  • Prince of Darkness 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2013

    Of all of John Carpenter's movies, this is his John Carpenteriest. Longtime fans can see all the points where he's homage-ing the shit out of himself and everything of which he's a big dorky fan.

    As a movie, it suffers a bit from promising too much. It's one thing to promise what it promises in the title, but the first 25 minutes are a stirring, profound-sounding discussion on the way "classical reality" breaks down on a subatomic level and that…