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  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★

    A difficult film to rate, partially because something made 100 years ago is hard to connect with on a lot of levels and also the disconnect between the style and the story of the movie. While by modern standards the plot is incredibly simple and can maybe bore modern audiences, it's still an odd concept and is vastly overshadowed by style. Everyone needs to see this at least once to see something completely unique in cinema. The simplistic surrealism of…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★

    For what really is essentially a glorified fan film of a historic and classic movie, this film comes out a lot better than expected from a description like that.

    Despite being taken from the source novel (and some clever cobbling together of the ending and elements of the original Shining book) this does still feel quite a lot like a fan film sequel. The only reason this clocks in at 2 hours 30 minutes is that cumulatively 30 minutes is…

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★

    In a lot of ways this is one of the more middling Gilliam movies; while it still has some great setpieces and visuals the story lacks any real sense of weight or danger to the proceedings and feels a lot more like a kid's movie than even Time Bandits did. Add to this some weird tonal shifts (a la the amount of casual beheadings in this movie and the weight of the war on the city) and there are some…

  • The Psychic

    The Psychic

    ★★★½

    At least 40% of this movie is snap zoom eye shots; it must be.

    A surprisingly good murder mystery giallo from the king of Italian gore himself. Fulci working so much out of his wheelhouse may be the reason I think this is his best movie; never in any of his other films have I had such a great sense of atmosphere. While the story gets a little dull and many scenes boil down to "people with possibly fake accents…

  • Hazbin Hotel

    Hazbin Hotel

    ★★

    While I think the vitriol for this has been blown way out of proportion (especially for how difficult it is for independent creators), I was still not a fan of it. I didn't find it overly edgy like a lot of people, as an artist most of my issues just came down to style and tone. Tone-wise, everything is way too aggressive and blaring (writing, art, pacing, etc.) Style-wise, the art style is way too cluttered and doesn't properly convey…

  • The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    ★★★½

    "He tortured Indians on my land! In my basement!"

    Watched this out of morbid curiosity after finding it at my local thrift store. Not knowing Amityville had gotten the 2000's remake treatment I wanted to see how it stacked up to those types of films especially after seeing the Platinum Dunes stamp. I was expecting maybe bland, a little dull with maybe fun gore, but I was not prepared for the near-parody levels this movie achieves watching it from today's…

  • The Hidden

    The Hidden

    ★★★

    A fun and over-the-top scifi/action jaunt that's a little too slapdash with it's story but makes up for it in action. For all the direction and writing faults I have with this movie, none of those apply to the action. Some really excellent car chases in this (the opening scene in general being a highlight) and action scenes that are unique for being acted out more believably by aliens (lots of casual point blank shots and one of the biggest…

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★★

    Ken Russell's most outwardly campy (tough to rate on the Ken Russell-o-meter) and probably most accessible movie. Watching this again I totally forgot a young curly-haired Peter Capaldi Scot-ed his way around the picture, as Hugh Grant and Amanda Donohoe totally steal the movie away from everyone else. I especially loved in rewatch the mildly bemused way Grant approaches killing a giant snake and a magic snake-woman, making me long for the alternative world where Grant made his career on these types of movies. A wonderful piece of schlock cinema and a great entry point for Ken Russell.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Quite possibly the most bleak movie ever made, a war film that makes Saving Private Ryan look like Singing In The Rain. With almost no blood or gore at all Klimov creates the most genuinely upsetting war movie ever, mixing factual events with purely emotional indulgences. It's this adherence to weirdness that I think propels the movie into being truly devastating; by throwing the audience off-kilter constantly they are put in Florya's mindset and connect with automatically.

    From a visual…

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

    Perhaps my 6th or 7th viewing and I'm still noticing new hidden things and plot connections. Not only a perfectly edited movie, but has no jokes that don't work for me. Add in a twist that makes this the most unique of the Cornetto movies and you have my favorite movie hands down. Peak enjoyment and the perfect sick day pick-me-up. Perfect!!!!!

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    A baffling nightmare in a completely fabricated world. Initially when I saw Hausu I rated it under a 5, since even though I loved the wacky sensibilities and style I thought portions of the movie dragged and were repetitive. In rewatching it and realizing just how many little details and moments I forgot I don't know how I could rate this anything other than a 5. There really is no other movie like this. While I can draw some similarities…

  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★½

    The Carpenter movie that nobody ever mentions is a Carpenter movie, an indulgence in pure schlock. The odd one out in Carpenter's filmography; something that doesn't quite feel like the kind of movie he would make but at the same time containing a lot of his hallmarks (especially in the visual sense). I'd have to focus a lot on production, as other than the slovenly caricature of the repair store owner (easily the best character) pretty much all of the…