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  • Doctor Faustus

    Doctor Faustus


    Shot like a Bava movie, but staged with less competence than a Larry Buchanan travesty, Doctor Faustus is always a pleasure to look at, but the mix of clumsy superimpositions and heavy-handed editing betray a lack of directorial confidence that renders the movie simultaneously lugubrious and manic. Burton has no camera-sense as a partly self-directed actor - he's all-shouting, all-mugging all the time even while the camera gives us a good look at his flaring nostrils and the sweat on…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad


    To be fair, this is remarkably true to the spirit and look of a circa 1995 limited comic book series with a half dozen different embossed covers and one ultra rare hologram variant, i.e., the reason I stopped reading comic books in the mid-90s. Further marred by some of the dumbest, most obvious needle drops this side of War Dogs. It would have at least been more honestly evocative of the movie's warned-over Surge soda commercial aesthetic to drop the classic rock radio relics in favor of some fondly forgotten nu metal absurdities.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity


    All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a life insurance policy.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    A movie about memory, and about clothes and food and cigarettes and Nat King Cole records, all of which play their part in a story not only of lost love, but of an ancient empire in which love collapsed in on itself in a quiet apocalypse. In his attention to minutiae, Wong realizes the aesthetic ambitions of the 1920s film theorist and filmmaker Jean Epstein, the prophet of photogénie, the fetishistic obsession with photographic detail and arrested gesture. In its…