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  • The Prisoner of Zenda
  • The Stepfather
  • 7 Men from Now
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  • Arachnophobia

    ★★★½

  • The Bat

    ★★★

  • Village of the Damned

    ★★★½

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

    Ranked: Ridley Scott
    2021 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Rape; a word infrequently uttered in director Ridley Scott‘s The Last Duel. It is the heart of the film, as Lady Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), a one-time friend of her husband Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), of rape. Aside from her initial accusation and a few off-hand remarks in court – largely in the context of “rape cannot lead to conception”, as asserted by men…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2021 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Finding the courage to face tomorrow, particularly when it carries with it great peril, is one of the great challenges of life. Yearning to be a Knight, Gawain (Dev Patel) is in truth an impulsive child. He shows his inexperience early, having no stories to tell King Arthur (Sean Harris) about his life and character, yet. Nights are spent in a brothel with his lover Essel (Alicia Vikander), who longs to be his “lady” but…

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  • The Bat

    The Bat

    ★★★

    Hooptober 8.0: Season
    The 1950s, Pt. II: 55/100
    1959 Ranked

    As expected the best parts of The Bat are the house - “The Oaks” - and how the film uses Vincent Price. He is campy at times, but this is more of a menacing mystery than it is an out-and-out horror. Telling the story of a bank president who embezzled $1 million from his bank and hides it in “The Oaks”, only for his dastardly plans to be foiled when…

  • Village of the Damned

    Village of the Damned

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0: 21/31
    The 1960s, Pt. II: 25/100
    1960 Ranked

    Having seen John Carpenter’s remake a few years back, I was unnecessarily hesitant to see the original Village of the Damned. Directed by Wolf Rilla, this version is set in the small English village of Midwich, which is the center of extraordinary events. Near to military training, the natural assumption is that the exercise has something to do with the events that befall Midwich. That is, until things spiral beyond…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★½

    Checking in at just under four hours, Once Upon a Time in America takes a long time to say absolutely nothing unique. A gangster film, the film does nothing for the gangster genre that could not be accomplished in a far shorter runtime because oh my God is this thing long. It just takes forever to end and even then, I still had no idea why it took so long. I love gangster films with The Godfather Parts I and…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…