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  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    Moral of the story: Self-Driving cars are not a good idea.

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    ★★★½

    I'd meant this to be part of my October viewing this year, but didn't quite get around to it, which is a shame-it's a terrific take on the Dracula story. Dracula, by now, is ingrained and elemental enough in the roots of horror that the combination of dance and Maddin's from-an-ancient-forgotten-tyme-camerawork gives the story a timeless quality that really makes it strikingly effective in drawing out the uh, reactionary elements. (That musical quality goes back to the early 20th century,…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    It's sort of tricky to know what to say after this one--on the one hand, I'm pretty sure a lot of other people are articulating things better in their reviews, and on the other hand, I'm still recuperating from the experience of this one. That said, I feel like I should write something, so a few points:

    +I was worried about seeing it in 3D, but the film's color palate is bright enough that it didn't feel like I lost…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★½

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

    Some thoughts about Under the Skin:

    1) It feels like the key scene is the baby on the beach. The more that I think about it in fact, the entire movie is babies on beaches.

    2) There's a horrible sort of irony in the film's narrative, elliptical though it is--alien disguises self as Scarlett Johansson to seduce, trap, and destroy men through their sex drives, alien ends up trapped and destroyed, alone in the woods because all the men it…