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  • The Uninvited

    The Uninvited

    ★★★★

    Probably the latest reinvention of the ghost story. Where would Hollywood horror be without The Uninvited. Thank god! And it's written by Dodie Smith, writer of the 101 Dalmatians novel.

    The special effects in here are used so sparingly that I was worried I'd get bored by their absence. But they're absolutely amazing and entirely justified every time. Now, I'm by no means an expert, but I have no idea how the fuck they did it. It's fantastic. And apparently…

  • Night Tide

    Night Tide

    ★★★

    This urban fantasy love story is based on the myth of the sirens, or mermaids, who lured seamen into the depths by their beauty and song. Which itself is based on a helpless fear of our biological needs. Women, am I right?

    I wouldn’t want to press on some stereotype where the navy is drowned in homo eroticism, but I think that old notion might be important here. The protagonist is a navy man, and he is the subject for…

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  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★★

    Oh god. It never even for a second loses any momentum at all. It's like The Rise of Skywalker but on purpose and good.

    Amazing and creative special effects, and a story and world that lends itself naturally to fantastic adventure. Who knew there would be a gross sewer dwelling troll in this! Some of the most fun I've ever had watching an action comedy.

  • Calder's 1927 Great Circus

    Calder's 1927 Great Circus

    ★★

    Alexander Calder was a creative genius, and all of it is on display in this massive miniature circus. It really was great. But this document of it by Jean Painlevé is not.

    Also, worst sound editing of '55?

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  • Mary Shelley

    Mary Shelley

    ★★★

    Mary Shelley was a complex woman. She was interesting and had strong opinions and believed in her values. This is not Mary Shelley, and frankly, I'm sick and tired of these fairytale versions of actual people and events.

    Do these people think that we, the audience, can't connect with, and empathize with a person with complicated, real emotions? Do they think we can't understand the sometimes differing moral values of a person from a different time?

    Mary Shelley and her…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    The mask on the poster and in the film is a Hannya mask, used in certain Japanese theatre. While the name comes from the word for “wise” it’s not referring to the mask itself, but supposedly to the artist who made it. Focusing on the wisdom needed to perfect the design.

    The mask is used to portray women who have become demons due to jealousy, but there’s so much more depth than just some troll with horns. Look at it…