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  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Thing
  • The Red Shoes

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  • Pig

    ★★★★½

  • Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Shame

    ★★★★

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    Michael Myers vs. The Shape

    John Carpenter is always the first to point out that he never set out to create some sort of mystique surrounding Michael Myers. The character is billed in the credits and the script as “The Shape”, rather than by its given name. This is a conscious decision by Carpenter and his co-writer Debra Hill to further imbue a sense of supernatural and pervasive evil that could not be matched by a flesh-and-blood human (as presented…

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    Dr. Pretorius or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Other

    In James Whale’s completely bonkers 1935 masterpiece Bride of Frankenstein, a beautiful tale unfolds before us about the inborn desire of humans (or monsters) to seek out a mate with whom to share love. The nefarious Dr. Pretorius convinces the ever-so-slightly-less-nefarious Dr. Frankenstein to join forces with him in order to create the titular “Bride” as a companion to Frankenstein’s previous creation, The Monster. In doing so,…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    My dog hasn't been the same since his stroke. He's about 12 I think — he was an abandoned shelter dog so who really knows — and holding him while he shuddered and shook with pain, my other dog licking him softly and whimpering, felt like we were floating across the river Styx as I vainly bashed the water to get back to shore. It didn't seem like he was ready to go, and my wife and I weren't prepared…

  • Slumber Party Massacre

    Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★

    This SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE remake is the best SyFy original movie I've ever seen, a breezy slasher parody brimming with callbacks to the original series and fun plot twists. It's got some properly gnarly kills as well and fulfills some of the "feminist slasher" promise only flashed in the originals, though in goofy, self-aware fashion.

    I had a damn good time with this one.

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★★

    Apocalyptic Duality.

    Jordan Peele is a master filmmaker, in every sense of the term. His writing is dense, filled to the gills with breadcrumbs and double entendre. Yet, somehow it's also light and always entertaining. His direction is steady, unrushed. Yet, his calculated pacing and knack for musical cues lend an air of almost Amblin-esque charm to everything he touches. I'm unsure of his exact technique for working with actors, but damned if every single performer we see isn't perfectly…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I could see this rating going up after viewing the second installment because all my major qualms — of which there are blessed few — have to do with the requisite "first movie syndrome" elements. Otherwise, it's exactly what I expected it to be: a feast for the eyes and ears with a pleasantly effective philosophical agenda.

    Political machinations, religion, prophecy, imperialism, and destiny all intertwine in ways both mystical and allegorically grounded. As a fan of Lynch's version who…