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  • I Walk Alone

    I Walk Alone

    ★★★½

    A pretty standard noir that becomes elevated almost through attitude alone. Lancaster keeps up his goombah personality up the whole way, but it works in the story, creating sympathy for the one guy who's not part of the "system." Meanwhile, Douglas is smarming it up like Ritchie Rich getting into the sleazy nightclub scene and playing it like a wide-eyed innocent boy as much as he can. It's a great dynamic, and the two bounce off each other well enough to create a fun sense of antagonism in the film. It's simple and straightforward for a noir, but it ramps itself up on sheer personality.

  • The Living Idol

    The Living Idol

    ★★½

    I don't know if it was aiming more for the still burgeoning Hammer aesthetics or slower paced Val Lewton films of the 40's, but either way, it misses the mark a bit. Far too overlong for such a methodical pace, which I'm usually fine with if it actually offers up something for us as the viewers, but large sections of this are people just looking at each other or expounding on points we've already figured out a long time beforehand.…

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  • Reindeer Games

    Reindeer Games

    ★★★½

    Fuck you guys. It's fun.

  • Death Ship

    Death Ship

    ★★★★½

    October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #50

    I don't understand how hard it is to come across a movie that truly captures a haunted house atmosphere, especially when the good ones like this make it feel so effortless. This is truly haunting at times, even as it works in a familiar genre wraparound. The sense of horror is handled the right way, with things being shown to us but never being overexplained, leaving the mystery of it to play in the…