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  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    ★★

    I nein understand.

  • Kidan Piece of Darkness

    Kidan Piece of Darkness

    ★★½

    Peaks in the first five minutes. Two or three good ones in the latter half. Not a great batting average, but worth your time for moments of K. Kurosawaian overtures toward uncanny insight into the world of ghosts.

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  • Mortuary

    Mortuary

    As a series of disparate musings on industrial decay, structural rot, civic mismanagement, teenage agency, death, loss, family, all these as self-fulfilling prophecy, and a genre morality ideated through finessed genre tropes and personal philosophy, this is very disparate, but so much as to be the survey and the total, untempered internalization of the filmmaker's carefully bred artistic personality (that is, "aesthetic personality") that it is. Hooper has always been something of a "shaggy dog" filmmaker, even when putting forth…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

    100% Hooper. Spielberg would never make this awkward, slow, imagistic, bogged-down-by-images (and pauses, and rhythmic digressions) a film. The story and script are nonsense, this is merely an experiment in narrative storytelling. Spielberg's pretense of narrative through an emotive frivolity is undone by Hooper's seriousness with everything that pinpoints the unnaturalness in supposedly presubscribed relationships. Imagine Poltergeist without the kidnapping, its inciting incident, and you would be close to Hooper's original conception of Poltergeist: a family lives next to a…