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  • Jaws
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • King Kong

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  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★½

  • The Godfather

    ★★★★★

  • 11 Harrowhouse

    ★★★½

  • Clash of the Titans

    ★★★★

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★½

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

    (Written on 8/11/2017 for the Muriels Hall of Fame and published here.)

    As a response to the national tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, perhaps it’s not surprising that, unlike the countless sequels, remakes, cartoons and toys that came after, Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla is… not a lot of fun. From the perspective of an American 2017 viewer, raised in the shadow of blockbuster spectacles, it does everything wrong. There are characters — the professor who wants to study the beast; his…

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★★

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

    Here's a little something I wrote up for the Muriels Hall of Fame:

    “There is so much to adore about All That Heaven Allows, Douglas Sirk’s 1955 tale of a love affair between a socialite (Jane Wyman) and younger gardener (Rock Hudson). The acting is top-notch: Wyman leads us through Cary’s conflicts and confusion with her face alone, while Hudson’s soft-spoken and tamped-down performance is, in the context of a 50s melodrama, practically Bressonian. The crazy-artificial sets, particularly Cary’s house,…

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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Why, I don't think Michael renounced Satan at all! Or his pomps!

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★½

    This left me wrong-footed at the very beginning, as I just didn't get the premise. These young people are going to buy an empty town? The same generation that can't afford houses? (Doesn't help that the town looks exactly like what it is, a set built in the middle of nowhere, like a piece of Universal's backlot was airlifted and dropped into a field.) Then, it took me way too long to understand that, yes, this is the supposed to…

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    ★★

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

    Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.

    But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.

  • Me and Orson Welles

    Me and Orson Welles

    BOYHOOD took twelve years to make, but this took twelve years to watch.