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  • Hawk the Slayer

    Hawk the Slayer

    ★★½

    Sword and sandal that takes a slightly magical approach to Seven Samurai. Jack Palance only 60 here, looks much older and has a brother in his 30s.

  • Count Dracula

    Count Dracula

    ★★½

    I think it is going to take reading the book to really get into this story. From what I hear, and would guess, this is one of the more faithful adaptations.
    Lee in his cornered role doesn’t really steal the scene, that prize goes to Klaus Kinski as Renfield. 
    I just can’t get into this in any version. Hammer’s original still takes the cake.

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    Fantastic. Perfect prison exploitation film, in fact probably the best. So violent and so calmly over the top. Except for the near perfect Made and Swingers, I had written off Vince Vaughn entirely. Now he is back in the greatest role of his career. Not only was this meticulously carried out aggression but some of the violent acts were an absolute first I have seen on the screen. So happy this happened. Great watch with friends to wince and scream with.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    Loved it. Reviews had led me to believe it is a disgusting splatter fest. The movie I saw was Midsommar. A journey of letting go and shedding pain. It is unsettling, but in the way of Hereditary, not Human Centipede. It is hard for Folk horror to go wrong, but I think this makes it to the top of the grassy hill.
    The films impact should stick around for a long time in the canon of horror movies.
    Double-feature companion: Forgetting Sarah Marshall