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  • I Am Cuba

    I Am Cuba

    ★★★★

    To get the obvious out of the way, this is a visual tour de force. Rarely have I seen a film where the camera is so alive, moving in seemingly impossible directions for long takes. One extraordinary shot begins at ground level on a crowd in the street, travels several stories up, passes through an office, and then floats out the window over the very street where it began. I often felt like I was being pulled through the fourth…

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★★½

    This could be the quintessential road movie in that it just goes where the road leads it. It's a rambling affair and one that was clearly pieced together by people who were stoned out of their minds. Given those circumstances, it's surprisingly straightforward and grounded. The great irony is that the one big acid scene in the film might actually be the least interesting moment. This is probably best viewed as a time capsule of late 60s counterculture, and unless…

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  • The Creature Walks Among Us

    The Creature Walks Among Us

    ★★★½

    For the third entry in a low-budget monster series, this one is surprisingly weighty. Rather than following the lead of its direct predecessor by simply treading the same path as the original, The Creature Walks Among Us really takes the story in a new and interesting direction. It expands on the original's ideas of evolution by focusing on the "Gill Man's" more human tendencies, which here go beyond sexual attraction to bathing beauties. This one does feature a blonde bombshell…

  • The Wolf Man

    The Wolf Man

    ★★★

    This movie just frustrates me because it seems on the verge of greatness at several points but never reaches it. As I mentioned in an older review, the fog-enshrouded forest scenes have a wonderful storybook quality and are the best thing here. I also brought up the father-son relationship between Chaney and Rains, but that's the aspect that irks me now. There's so much potential to read the werewolf curse through the lens of their strained relationship, and their final…