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  • 30 Days of Night

    30 Days of Night

    ★★★½

    First winter storm movie of the season, can't always watch The Shining or The Thing. This was much more suspenseful than I remembered in this viewing. The creatures are truly off-putting and the stuff of nightmares. Great casting of Danny Huston as their warlord. My only complaint is a by-the-numbers direction by David Slade. He should have done more to make the passing of time more palpable other than showing graphics like "Day 18". It felt like this was A Couple of Days of Night, not 30.

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★★½

    Gremlins minus the origin story minus the Christmas bullshit minus the 'Eighties-love-for-the-Fifties' bullshit = Gremlins 2. Like The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, I would like this movie so much more if it didn't have its titular characters in it much. I prefer all the surrounding stuff- the shots at He Who Shall Not Be Named (played with daffy aplomb by John Glover), the satire of big city New Yawk City in the go-go '80s, the 4th-wall breaking.…

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