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  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★½

    AKA "How to take a perfect 25-minute short and expand it into a totally mediocre 86-minute feature."

    Having just watched the great 1966 original cartoon for the umpteenth time and marveled at its storytelling perfection, it was exasperating to see its pure simplicity padded out and watered down so much.

    The Grinch here may look like the Grinch, but the character bears little to no resemblance to the one given unforgettable life by Dr. Seuss and Boris Karloff. Lacking any…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★

    I love the concept, I really like the lead actress, and thoroughly enjoyed most of the songs (which are much more polished and professional-sounding than I expected). And yet, I could never shake the feeling that it should be better and I should be enjoying it more. It's no SHAUN OF THE DEAD, that's for sure.

    I bought the soundtrack though, if that tells you anything. And I plan to give it another shot next Christmas.

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  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    I've got way too many feelings (all of them positive) stirring around inside of me having just seen this phenomenally entertaining remake/tribute to write a proper review, so I'm just going to list some of the many things I love about it.

    I love...

    1. ...the fact that it pays significant tribute to both 1981's landmark EVIL DEAD and 1987's absurdly creative EVIL DEAD II, in a number of interesting ways while also containing many great surprises of its own.…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?

    How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of…