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  • Poison

    Poison

    ★★★

    Blind watch going through the "horror" section on Filmstruck.This ended up being my first watch of a Todd Haynes film. What little I knew of his work made the reading of it a little more obvious and easier to follow, even with how heavy handed the mad scientist vignette was, I actually enjoyed the melodrama of it though.

    Beyond the HIV crisis the other big theme here seems to be abuse leading to sexual fetishes, the child enjoying spankings and…

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    The Thief of Bagdad

    ★★★★½

    Pure gold that satisfied my craving for a more traditional adventure movie.
    Kind of crazy just how good this looks at times for a 70+ year old movie, I know it's a restoration.

    The amount that Disney took from this can't really be undersold. It's not just character archetypes, but almost full sequences that have been completely lifted.

    It's one flaw may be it's struggle to choose who the story is about,Ahmad or Abu. They're both good and even better…

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  • Throw Down

    Throw Down

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes you need to get thrown on your ass to learn how to get back up.

    Just completely resonatated with me on almost every level. I have yet to see the "Election" movies or "Exiled", but between this and "Running on Karma" I think To's genre benders surpass his crime/action flicks.

    The two standout scenes for me were the bar brawl and the eacape from the gambling house. The brawl reminded me of the climax of his most recent work…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★½

    Paper thin character development with cliche "authentic Vietnam era music". Movie splits the groups in two with Jackson's Ahabian group just a total bore. I don't generally dislike Hiddelston, but I couldn't buy him in this role. If it weren't for samurai John C Reiley there wouldn't ne a songle character moment worth caring about.

    Kong does have some impressive effects though. The rendering of Kong's fur was pretty mindblowing at times. The creature design was inventive, but I think…