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  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

    ★★★★

    Part of the 2017 Queer Films Challenge

    Week 6: A film directed by James Whale.

    A fun confection with a few moments that must have been terrifying in 1932, this doesn't feel hugely essential now but it is fascinating to watch and always pretty amusing. Feeling more like a pre-code genre-mash than a real horror, this is a clear expression of Whale's sense of humor as well as his sense of suspense. Morgan the butler deserves to be iconic, to…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    When I saw the original John Wick two years ago, my feelings were decidedly mixed. The main character felt over-powered compared to the thinly-sketched plot the filmmakers dropped him in, and as a result the movie struggled to be exciting or keep my attention. The only question the film really asked is "Will John Wick, heaviest badass ever, manage to kill all these guys?" ...The answer was never in enough doubt to make it even an intriguing film. Other than…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, riveting film. Feels like Hitchcock made a Jazz Musician Psychological Drama, but slicker, wound even tighter, etc. Most intense movie theater experience of 2014 so far. Feels like a Best Picture Front-runner, to me anyway. Only con: Its early, sudden ending feels like a cop-out.

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    "Yeah, some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, 'Oooh, those are some nice pants!'"