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  • Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's “Island of Dr. Moreau”

    Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's “Island of Dr. Moreau”

    ★★★★★

    I literally laughed more and harder watching this than I have at anything else in months. Once (sympathetic) Richard Stanley leaves the project and all that is left are Hollywood assholes in the jungle playing power games while money is being soaked into and through and by the jungle (and the crew and extras are getting paid to drink, do drugs, screw, and spend three hours a day putting on makeup that would never be shot by a camera most…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    Stunningly beautiful for this sort of action film - it's the sort of leap forward rarely made by directors in the case of sequels, and was certainly unexpected by me, from a stuntman-turned-director, which means I need to check a few more of my assumptions about stuntmen, I guess.

    It's a shame, though, that it is in service of such a silly story, and so much silly story, too. There is an early scene in which the returning amazing Ian…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★½

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

    On this, only my second[1] viewing[2] of the 2003 Directors cut (first since theater), the thing that most struck me, other than the fact that everybody cuts Ridley Scott way more slack than George Lucas, even though neither seems to understand the concept of a locked print, is what a process-nerd Scott is. There are so many shots of people pushing buttons and then machines doing the things that machines do when people push buttons, rinse, repeat.

    There's so much…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★

    The are only a couple of sorts of movies that I find difficult to write about. The first is (recent) "films" by the likes of Peter Berg, whose politics are appalling and reactionary, and are the lifeblood his movies pump. Writing for people that enjoy watching Americans go "Rah!" over the death of non-Americans is silly; there will be no minds changed by me. And writing to people that agree with one is even worse. Literally the most boring conversation…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★½

    There’s nothing more frustrating than when the answer to the question, “Where have you been all my life [you insane weird slasher film]?” is “Right here, all along.”

    It’s impossible for me to correctly rate just how much this is both awesome, and my thing, in which all of the “victims,” proportionality[1] aside, deserve their fate, the apparent inciting trauma isn’t even the actual problem[2], and somehow the movie plays completely fair with the audience the whole time, but has…

  • Highlander

    Highlander

    ★★★★

    More romantic, more funny, and even more silly than I recalled, The Highlander was one of the most entertaining revisits from the 80s that I’ve had, watching with the kid, now that her aversion to films from before her birth is a bit weakened.

    This is the first rewatch since 1991, mind, when I saw it five or six times[1], so I had forgotten large portions of it, particularly how ridiculous Sean Connery is running through the surf in full…