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  • Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke

    ★★★

    Fantasy/adventure. I like the idea of the curse and the transformations, which is romantic, but the story isn’t the greatest and easy to guess how will play out. While there are some entertaining sword fights, I found Matthew Broderick’s dialogues and monologues the most memorable aspect of the movie. Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer are ok, though I felt both their characters are a bit bland and underwritten. Broderick's comic relief somewhat saves the film. The synth soundtrack by Alan…

  • WarGames

    WarGames

    ★★★★½

    Often listed as one of the best hacker films of all-time. Manages to hold the tension as a thriller. There have been cases of computer nerds breaking into big systems so within the realm of reality. Despite illegal actions, arguably you should thank them for exposing the fragility of the systems. David’s (Matthew Broderick) intentions are innocent and his discovery is accidental in trying to play games so you can’t really say he was attempting to do anyone harm. Although…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.