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  • Blow Out
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Dressed to Kill
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    Really effective, and probably my favorite film from Night since Signs. A very disturbing premise from the start and it goes to some places I didn't think it would dare to touch (the shot of the now-adolescent post-coital six year olds is incredibly squirm-inducing). Also delivers some gross imagery. I was very pleasantly surprised.

    Night cribs a lot of his style from De Palma - split diopter, top-down photography, 360 pans - but adds his own idiosyncratic framing to the…

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    For the first hour I thought that the relatively muted response to this last year was fully nuts. But then the second hour happened, which exchanges the tense "babysitting" scenario to the rather more turgid "follow-the-money" storyline which never quite gets as tense or interesting. The screenplay is a bit to obtuse and the motivations a bit too unclear.

    Still, it offers a lot of great actors the chance to show up and be great - perhaps the greatest being the uncredited cameo from a frequent Soderbergh-collaborator. Pretty good time all-in-all but shame that it isn't an all-timer given the cast and crew.

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