AuteurTheory

"I hate life! The torment, the cruelty of it." -Limelight

Favorite films

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Hardware
  • The Death King
  • Mondo Weirdo

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  • The Ghost of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

  • Crime and Punishment

    ★★★★

  • Hiruko the Goblin

    ★★★½

  • Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb

    ★★★★

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  • The Ghost of Frankenstein

    The Ghost of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    The Monster and Ygor discover that lightning is good for Frank, so they go to find Dr. Frankenstein Jr. But it’s actually his son, who detests his father’s work. 
    Dr. Frankenstein Sr. appears as a ghost? Hologram? I didn’t understand that bit, but I thought it was a fun movie. 
    Lugosi is basically the main character, and he’s always worth watching.

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    ★★★★

    I’m a huge fan of the original novel. This French adaptation of “Crime and Punishment” is mostly satisfying, but I wasn’t happy with the lead, Robert Hossein. He’s too old, too big, too gruff. I always imagine him as sort of a Leopold and Loeb type. Before the first murder, we don’t even get an inkling of his motivation. 
    There’s also a subplot with a pedophile that I don’t recall happening in the book… but it’s been 15 years since…

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    I’ve never liked a Michael Mann film, but I have such a good feeling about this one I picked up the Criterion BluRay. I also hear it might have been an influence on Drive, so let’s find out...
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    Oh god yes. Gimme that rain soaked neon synth city shit all day. 
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    I was like “how is Jon Belushi so thin?” Then I remembered Jim Belushi exists. 
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    Willie Nelson. 
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    OK, our protagonist is not a good guy.…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★

    I’m too tired to write about this debauched classic, but the crocodile was amazing. 
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    I ended up going to bed and finishing it today, but I couldn’t post this without saying a few things. For example, the hunchbacked nun (Vanessa Redgrave) is a great character, it might make my list of favorites. I couldn’t possibly go without mentioning how comical Oliver Reed looks as Jesus (luckily that was a short sequence). His head is just so damn wide and…