How many whodunits are *better* the second time around?
[I wrote this review in 2012.]
Most people would alert HR if their job interview included the assurance that “your vagina will not be penetrated,” but Lucy doesn’t even blink. In fact, she goes so far as to suggest that she doesn’t much care what does or doesn’t happen to her vagina — or the rest of her body, for that matter.
That makes her an ideal employee for Clara (Rachael Blake), who maintains one of those high-end erotic services…
This may be the only slasher film where the second victim is a grand piano. Beyond that, it anticipates some of the biggest tropes of the next two decades' worth of horror films — with a hilariously drunk Margot Kidder as a bonus. And it's a Christmas movie! For a drinking game, take a shot every time Mrs. Mac finds a bottle of brandy.
“I just hope we’re back in theaters for Dune,” I said last summer as I listened to the superb audiobook edition of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science fiction novel. And so we were: I saw Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation in a full theater of fans who were absolutely rapt. Only the occasional nervous laugh broke the silence as the film played and we enjoyed that rarest of cinematic experiences, seeing a movie that’s everything you hope and more.