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  • Eraserhead
  • Lost in Translation
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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  • Ghostkeeper

  • Gamera vs. Gyaos

  • The House by the Cemetery

    ★★★½

  • Night of the Big Heat

    ★★★

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  • The House by the Cemetery

    The House by the Cemetery

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0 / 28 of 31
    3 of 4 films from 1981

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    "So let's say there's a 'House by a Cemetery,' and something bad in the basement, and a professor who dies, and a new professor, and his wife, and their young son 'Bob,' and a new babysitter who may have been a store mannequin come to life, or maybe not? Is that enough plot?"

    Prepare to hear people call out "Bob." quite frequently for 90 minutes. It's Fulci, so you gotta love it.

  • Night of the Big Heat

    Night of the Big Heat

    ★★★

    Hooptober 8.0 / 27 of 31
    1 of 2 films from my birth year
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    Terence Fisher brings his Hammer Films chops (as well as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing) to this sci-fi / horror about an island in the UK undergoing a life-threatening heat wave in mid-December. Lee plays a shady scientist staying at a pub run by an irresistible he-man writer (Patrick Allan) and his wife (Sarah Lawson). As if unstoppably drenched armpits and the occasional exploding car…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    In both the PTA films I've loved and (perhaps especially) the ones that have left me confounded it's been undeniable that he is the master of creating mood and space... worlds within which his stories live. Not surprising then that in this instance, where mood and space really trumps logic and plot, that he's made perhaps my favourite of his films yet.

    As Joaquin Phoenix's loveably sordid hippie detective "Doc" Sportello navigates 1970s Los Angeles trying to solve a case…

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★½

    A rewatch. Feels all of a piece with the tone and voice of James Wan's Insidious film and sequel. This movie is elevated by strong performances by its female leads (Lili Taylor and Vera Farmiga)... but suffers a little from too many side plots.

    One in particular that bothered me on both viewings was the decisioin to expand the threat into the personal lives of the Warrens (the ghost hunters tasked with ridding the Perron family of their haunting/possession). Given…