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  • El Mariachi

    El Mariachi

    ★★★★½

    Desperado Double-Bill:
    Film #1: El Mariachi

    "What is this? Mariachi Day?"

    Better than I remembered, and arguably the best movie Robert Rodriguez has ever made. The writing and direction are terrific, and the cinematography and editing (also by Rodriguez) are particularly prodigious - insanely kinetic, consistently innovative, and frequently hilarious in their creativity. It's got a nice cast as well: the villainous gringo overacts a little towards the end, but everyone else is very charming, notably Carlos Gallardo as the…

  • Desperado

    Desperado

    ★★★★½

    Desperado Double-Bill:
    Film #2: Desperado

    "Give me the strength to be what I was, and forgive me for what I am."

    Has anyone ever noticed that Antonio Banderas is a reasonably handsome man? Or that Salma Hayek is a deeply sexy lady? It may partially explain why they were cast in the leads this time, just putting that out there.

    Like El Mariachi, Desperado is an absolute blast from start to finish. Obviously it gets serious at certain points when…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★½

    "This isn't vanity. This is art!"

    Nope.

    I went into this remake suspecting that I wouldn't adore it like I do Suspiria '77, but still hopeful that it might surprise me. And it did... just not in a good way. I respect that this is a new take, and should be judged on its own merits, but even when viewed as a standalone endeavour I found Suspiria '18 to be little more than a dour disappointment. Though never boring, the…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    "Susie, do you know anything about... Witches?"

    Still awesome.
    Rapturous, retina-scorching, heart-stabbing magnificence.
    Goblin's soundscape is incomparable, Argento's colours are to die for.
    A warped and wonderful fairy tale of fear.
    Also, Jessica Harper. That is all.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    "Don't you want to go where the rainbow ends?"

    I admire 2001.
    I respect Barry Lyndon.
    And I enjoy the heck out of The Shining.

    But Eyes Wide Shut is now my favourite Stanley Kubrick film.

    I don't even know how to write a review for this. I emerged from last night's viewing astounded and ecstatic. I barely managed to fall asleep, as my mind was practically ablaze with thoughts of cinematic possibility. For the first time in months, I…