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  • The Old Dark House

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  • The Uninvited

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  • Dead of Night

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  • Drag Me to Hell

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  • Pig

    Pig

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I remember a time when your name meant something to people, Robin. But now. . .you have no value.

    Imagine you're a truffle pig. You sniff out fungi all day, working hard for your beloved master. Your whole life is dedicated to doing your job, but in return you are able to gorge yourself, getting fat off the spoils.

    Then, one day, out of the blue, you get stuffed in a sack, manhandled by two desperate druggies until you're internally…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

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    See, it's asymmetrical but it's also still balanced.

    Casey grew up in Columbus, Indiana, desperately cares for her mother, and, because of that, fears leaving behind everything she knows and cares for. Jin lives in Seoul, struggles to find concern for his ailing father, and eagerly anticipates the day he can return home. Youthfully unguarded, yet matured from experience, Casey is mesmerizing to be around, while Jin's stoicism and bluntness suggest an "old man" set in his ways, but all…

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  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

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    Shucking off the husk of the novel (titled Benighted), James Whale's campy Gothic take on the material leaves behind the brunt of the book's apparent class commentary. Maybe because Slavoj Ε½iΕΎek's reading of the Bates House as a metaphor for the ego, superego, and id lives rent free in my mind, I couldn't help but focus on the "old" in this particularly dark house. If the titular house is likewise a representation of its resident's mental state, then all three…

  • The Uninvited

    The Uninvited

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    Who does the title The Uninvited refer to?

    The instinctual answer would be Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald, the sibling duo who purchase the vacated Meredith Mansion on a lark. Blessed with an aristocratic legacy - an even more abject depiction of privilege in that it's implied this is a diminished version of their wealth - their ability to spontaneously acquire a lavish cliffside estate marks them as members of the intrusive elite, needlessly accommodating spaces that could better serve the…

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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    As much as the third Indiana Jones film is about obsessive tendencies (concisely indicated by the hard cut between young and old Indy, both fighting for the Cross of Coronado), it is also about transference of knowledge. That is to say, where the Nazis burn books, Henry Jones shares them with his son. Indy is a testament to the teachings of his father, following in his academic footsteps and displaying a number of the same personality traits; he's been shaped…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    A personal aside before the review: The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City continues its run as the most impressive theater in the area by providing a free, early screening of Fury Road, entirely making my week!

    (EDIT 08/14/2020 - After reading accounts from KC Alamo employees - some of whom worked there during the time of this Fury Road screening - in The Pitch, I feel awful about promoting and supporting this particular location for so long now knowing that…