Lee Russell

Collecting, watching, writing and podcasting about movies.

Favorite films

  • Yojimbo
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Sorcerer
  • The Limey

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

  • Old Henry

    ★★★½

  • X

    ★★★★

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

    A lively musical/rock opera pulling from "Phantom of the Opera", "Dorian Grey", and "Faust", blended into 1970s glam rock, with some giallo aesthetics. While a picture like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" feels similar and just as fun, "Phantom" has more focus, is less campy, yet is still quite funny in parts, especially from the performances and the pop culture parodies and critiques of pop music in general, and the fetishism of things like old 1950s greaser music and imagery,…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    If you ever wanted to know what Robert E. Howard's take on "Hamlet" would have been like, look no further than what Robert Eggers has given us here. He and co-writer Sjón have dipped a bit deeper into the guts of what William Shakespeare drew from to create his famous play centuries ago, and have laid out a blood-soaked saga that doesn't wear out its welcome even at almost two and half hours in length.

    After one watch I'm not…

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  • Night of the Animated Dead

    Night of the Animated Dead

    Congratulations to the people who made this for making something less needed or wanted than the rotten "Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition". It's not even designed or animated at a level that would rival most internet flash cartoons from back in the day. A total waste of everyone's time.

  • Cold Ground

    Cold Ground

    When it comes to found footage films you're most likely not going to reinvent the wheel. Honestly, for me, unless it comes close to "The Blair Witch Project" it's generally not going to work for me. "Cold Ground" comes close.

    Set in the 1970s, using a retro camera, and giving us likeable characters, the film manages to build a world for us without making it look like it's been constructed for a film. We follow a mixed group of people…