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  • Spontaneous Combustion

    Spontaneous Combustion

    ★★★

    Part of Hooptober
    Film #26 of 26

    Probably my least favourite of Hooper’s outings, Spontaneous Combustion is nevertheless another mad and freaky film from the king of mad and freaky. Its simple and easy to follow with a fascinating idea for a horror, but its bit heavy on heightened drama, generate scares, and the script definitely drags it down with no effective villain nor supporting characters. And I wish it had a stronger conclusion. I love Dourif in this though,…

  • Island of Lost Souls

    Island of Lost Souls

    ★★★★½

    Part of Hooptober
    Film #22 of 26

    "Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?"

    Clocking in at only a bit over an hour, Island of Lost Souls is a lot of horrific fun, but also so intelligent and ask good questions about the nature of humanity and what it is to be human - and just how far or close we are to any other animal. Its a carefully crafted nightmare, and definitely a display…

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    So, I’ve finally seen this hugely influential and essential classic. What can I possibly say? It’s Citizen Kane! But oh yes, it's terrific. It's quite an intimidating fact that Welles starred in, wrote, produced and directed probably the most influential film of all time at an age of 25. Well, I still have a few years to accomplish something like that.

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    Tomorrow I’m leaving for 2 months as I’m travelling to Southeast Asia with a buddy. So no…

  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★★

    A devastating, poetic and stunning depiction of war. There are no battle scenes, all we experience is the consequences of war: one moment Ivan is taking or making commands and works like a soldier, the next he's dreaming of his childhood with his mother. Its a very simple film, but there's such a strength and power underneath because of the direction, cinematography and its atmosphere. The shot of Ivan sleeping with the camera sweeping away and looking up the well,…