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  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    ★½

    Picked up a $20 set of the first 8 titles in this series on Blu-ray. Haven't seen these since VHS was big.

    This is an empty experience with no one to root for. There's no protagonist, just the camera and a clandestine killer. Each of the victims is a non-entity. It a sadistic setup that I just didn't enjoy much at all. The music is also annoyingly derivative and the director fades to white a lot.

    Really not looking forward to the next 7 films. But I will endure them as late-night watches.

  • Confessions of a Nazi Spy

    Confessions of a Nazi Spy

    ★★

    Warner Bros.'s anti-Nazi propaganda from the pre-Pearl Harbor era. Unwatchable as a drama or thriller, but fascinating as a historical document. Lots of newsreel footage and voiceover explaining the existing Nazi threat in the U.S. in the 1930s. Shockingly, based on a true story. Watched the fuzzy DVD for my thesis.

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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★★

    One of Hitchcock's best and a perfect thriller. Watched this again for my thesis. The film establishes the foundation of several wrong-man thriller tropes, such as the meet-cute of two unwilling allies handcuffed together or someone hiding in plain sight in a parade. Another of Hitchcock's spy films that conceals its Nazi Germany target with indirect allusions: German-accented spies, a nonspecific political speech, and a memorable confession cut short: "a collection of spies collecting information on behalf of the foreign office of..." BANG!

  • Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit

    ★½

    Peter Rabbit - a sometimes funny, occasionally great-looking, but ultimately annoying Hollywoodization of the beloved source material. deepfocusreview.com/reviews/peter-rabbit/