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  • The Long Goodbye
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Near Dark
  • Chungking Express

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★

  • They Came Together

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★★★

  • The Land Before Time

    ★★½

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  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★★

    Perfect dream logic movie that has no right to exist or be this good. Pretty much everything that tried to imitate this vibe in the 2000s was too saccharine and twee but here you get real scumbag John Cusack, the master Cameron Diaz, an insanely sexy and cool Catherine Keener, and of course, Johnny himself in a role he by all accounts should never have taken on but works so beautifully in. Bursting with ideas and incredibly funny.

  • Parents

    Parents

    ★★★★½

    "Well mister, you scare me too. You don't look like me, you don't act like me — you hate me. Well you know what? I'm not so crazy about you either."

    Expected this to be a schlocky 50s comedy horror thing and like, it is funny but it's also incredibly scary. Perfectly captures the experience of being a child with no understanding of or defense against the adult world — Balaban's direction here is incredible, with low angles and some…

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★

    Name one other guy that coulda done this in 1988

  • They Came Together

    They Came Together

    DNF. Extremely uneven, seems like they couldn’t decide if they were writing a parody or not. So many missed opportunities for jokes and few of the ones that are here actually land. Just a really puzzling movie that doesn’t live up to past projects by Wain and Showalter like Wet Hot American Summer. Also, the framing device felt completely extraneous. Just commit to the fucking bit.

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