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  • The Best Man

    The Best Man

    ★★★★

    In the cutthroat word of presidential elections, the knives are often more pointed during the respective primaries rather than the official November showdown every four years. This is where all the backdoor dealings, political infighting, and unscrupulous mud slinging takes place, with every candidate vying for their party’s backing by any means necessary. The Best Man gives a rousing dramatic rendition of such an affair, squarely from the realm of fiction but unmistakably informed by the politics of the day. The…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★½

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a film that has become an institution in and of itself; the very definition of a cult film. Its irreverent style, rocking soundtrack, and parodic humor lets the audience in on the fun, often literally pulling them in with a subjective point of view which addresses the viewer directly. The film is a musical amalgam of various low-budget horror and sci-fi B movies, along with the underground movement of sex and exploitation pictures cropping up…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    So much is bubbling under the surface of Robert Eggers’ latest New England horror mystery, one that conveys themes of both biblical proportions and a more intimate and grounded conflict. I found myself more often enraptured with the latter, but the more I reflect the more I see both sides of the coin. The Lighthouse shows an artistry for the craft of filmmaking which feels like we haven’t seen in some decades. Eggers’ ingenious decision to shoot the film in an…

  • The Fall of the House of Usher

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    ★★★★

    This early adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story beautifully captured the unique sense of gothic atmosphere conveyed in his writing. It has a pervasive sense of gloom and morbidity, as inescapable as death itself, and always waiting around the corner. The supernatural hauntingly present as well, here rendered in the form of a painting which is slowly sucking the life from its subject; a cruel but poignant twist of faith. The strength of Jean Epstein’s The Fall of the…