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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Streets of Fire
  • Phoenix
  • Rushmore

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  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★★

  • Young Frankenstein

    ★★★★

  • House of Wax

    ★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

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  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★★

    This showed up on hbomax in a Halloween genre, and what a great piece, far out-distancing my very short-lived expectations between seeing it on the menu and clicking through. Never heard of it, always thought the Vincent Price was the first. (Hey, I really enjoyed the one with Paris Hilton). Restored, and I thought colorized but, no, they shot it in color. It’s beautiful. Fun arch shadows, fast-talking characters, Glenda Farrell kicking ass. What a year for Fay Wray. A…

  • Young Frankenstein

    Young Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    It’s not the OG but it’s usually what I think of when I think of Frankenstein, the movie not the monster. <throws dart through window> Gorgeous gothic atmosphere. Steals thunder from its origin. Maybe they wink-wink nudge-nudge a little too much, but there’s Wilder, a gem here, Feldman, and Garr giving it their all. There’s Inspector Kemp, fan of riots, whose multi-ratcheted process for lighting a smoke kills me. Wilder’s “Give my creation Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifffffffe!!!!!” soon followed by a pounding “I…

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  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    Dude sends Afro-funk to space hoping something will hear it, good enough for me.

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★½

    Excellent science-fiction. Owes a lot to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass whose tale of escape from slavery is rooted in stealing knowledge from the oppressors who believe their subjects less than human---and here less than Draag. The big blue oppressors don’t realize their own natures, and their logic says that there’s no way these “pets” could ever understand the world on their level. That stuff is well-plotted here with Terr, the pet and plaything who leads an…