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  • Frankenstein
  • La Strada
  • Raising Arizona
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  • Fantastic Four

    ★★★

  • Life of Pi

    ★★★★★

  • The Video Dead

    ★½

  • The Killer Shrews

    ★★★½

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  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    Much better than the reviews would have you believe. I was watching it wondering when the bad stuff (from the reviews) was coming. But it never did. It's "deliberately paced" as they say, and has a somber tone, but good overall with a focus of building a foundation with character exploration and development. A slight tonal shift was evident once the Four gained their powers, but it held my interest and was actually intelligent and substantive. It doesn't deserve its RT rating and it's sad to see some "fanboys" rating a movie they obviously haven't seen. See for yourself.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★★★

    Life of Pi is a symbolic spiritual journey similar in kind to the mythic stories of Hinduism that use allegory to convey truths about the human condition. Visually masterful and well-told tale requires a reading beyond its surface appearance down to its depths.

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  • The Pit and the Pendulum

    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Stuart Gordon and writer Dennis Paoli constructed a great, underrated feature film of the Poe short story, The Pit and the Pendulum. Their trademark dark humor accents fine acting and an interesting adaptation of the tale which includes bits of other Poe work. Lance Henriksen in particular plays the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada with impassioned gusto and subtlety. The terror he delivers comes not simply from a well of evil, but from the more realistic fervor of one who deeply believes…

  • Hollywood Story

    Hollywood Story

    Fans of director William Castle’s wacky spook shows won’t be disappointed with his murder mystery, Hollywood Story. While it isn’t necessarily scary, it ranks among Castle’s best and contains minor noir-ish notes.

    Aficionados of classic horror films will welcome the sight of Henry Hull (Werewolf of London) and a young Julie Adams, three years away from her role in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There is even a clip included of the unmasking scene from The Phantom of the…