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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    Basically an dry run for Hitchcock's Saboteur a few years later, although every bit as good as that film and arguably better in some ways. This is about as tightly constructed and entertaining as you can hope from one of his "wrong man" thrillers, with an especially heavy focus on the comedic aspects. (A sight gag involving a political campaign sign viewed from the wrong angle is, like, maybe my favorite joke in any Hitchcock movie).

    It's also kind of…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★½

    I honestly haven't seen a lot of Godzillas (or associated kaijus) so I can't really say how this one stacks up, or if it's as wild of a departure as it seems. So for all I know this is the most generic and middle-of-the-road Godzilla that's ever been made. But from my ignorant POV, anyway, Shin Godzilla seems a little brilliant; a giant monster movie from the perspective of all the different government agencies that have to figure out how…

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  • Howard the Duck

    Howard the Duck

    Some movies are so bad they're good. Howard the Duck is not one of those movies, it's simply so-bad-it's-bad, but it's also something more rare and special. It's a film so misguided in every moment, so thoroughly perplexing on every fundamental level, that the whole thing becomes fascinating. Every moment you watch Howard the Duck you keep wondering "What the hell were these people thinking?"

    Howard the Duck is something of a family-friendly 80's adventure/comedy, not altogether unlike The Goonies…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeous, hugely entertaining and deeply fucked-up, I think there's a strong case to be made that Notorious is Alfred Hitchcock's best film. I'll be going through a bunch of them in the next few months, so we'll see if my feelings change.

    A+