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  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore

    ★★★

    A quotable comedy, which popularized the ‘Happy Gilmore’ hockey/golf swing. Amusing moments such as the alligator and the ball go home scenes, though the punch lines often are offensive by centering around violence. Not many women would date Happy, having witnessed his short fuse and anger management problems, the love interest aspects had warmth, but are not totally realistic. Happy (Adam Sandler) is only mildly likeable because he is juxtapositioned with arrogant big head, Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald).

  • Fatal Attraction

    Fatal Attraction

    ★★★★

    Gone Girl for the 80s. Similar to 70s horror Black Christmas, the phone calls are ominous. The eerie, minimal score adds to the sense of dread. Without any need for bells and whistles, the straightforward story grabbed me, and though a few events are easy to predict, it’s an effective thriller.
    My only issue is the film could make audiences more afraid of mental illness, Glenn Close’s character is one in a thousand and not the norm. On the other hand, could make you less inclined to be unfaithful.

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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.