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  • Blood for Dracula

    Blood for Dracula

    ★★★½

    Writer/director Paul Morrisey and producer Andy Warhol collaborated on several films, including two sexually-charged modern updates of horror classics, Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein - the latter earning the distinction as the first movie I streamed on Netflix.
    Blood for Dracula begins by slut-shaming the entire female population of Romania; Eastern-European women are too damn promiscuous, and Dracula is unable to find the virgin blood he needs to survive.
    After hearing about all the good Italian Catholic girls…

  • Gloria

    Gloria

    ★★★★½

    John Cassavetes played with the same subjects throughout his films - mental illness, alcoholism, the difficulty adults have forging relationships with young children, and middle-aged characters unable to accept the realities of aging. John loved jazz, and like his favorite musicians, offered new interpretations of familiar themes to create something different and exciting.
    In Gloria, Cassavetes re-teams with his actress wife, Gena Rowlands; together, they formed cinema's most impressive married collaborators since Fellini and Masina. It's evident in every frame…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My obsession with the Manson Family began during my early teenage years. In 2000, the year of its publication, I purchased "Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders" by Greg King from my local Waldenbooks.
    Apart from some moving passages in Roman Polanski's autobiography, other writers covering the murders portrayed Tate only as THE VICTIM. King brought Sharon back to life, restored her humanity, and made the actress' story all the more tragic.
    Quentin Tarantino attempts to do something similar with…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    Midsommar is everything the Suspiria remake promised but failed to deliver -  a truly horrific, strangely beautiful and transcendent film experience - comparable only to Kubrick’s The Shining.