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  • Blind Date

    Blind Date

    ★★½

    Without fail, Nico Mastorakis always makes films that seem like they should be right up my alley but come off strangely flat and listless in execution. This one works a bit better than most simply because the story is so crazy and utterly stupid, and composer Stanley Myers really goes overboard with the '80s synths here to a lovable degree. As usual Nico manages to assemble a bizarre cast accomplished by tossing darts at a wall of head shots, but…

  • The Possessed

    The Possessed

    ★★★½

    Spooky, stylish murder mystery / art film from Luigi Bazzoni and Franco Rossellini has never been the easiest one to see in an English-friendly edition, but it's worth hunting down. Loosely based on a real multiple murder case at a seaside hotel, it's a film that feels like it's about to teeter over into the supernatural at any minute even if it never quite does. Also fun to see Peter Baldwin, the frequently underused star of films like The Ghost and The Weekend Murders, really take center stage here.
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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    A raw, screaming art film with a capital A that I deeply enjoyed but would probably never outright recommend to anyone else. Those of us emotionally attached to the Dario Argento film of the same title will have the toughest hill to climb here as Luca Guadagnino doesn't even try to outdo it, veering instead into guilt-ridden, traumatized waters where the only way to survive is either mentally purge your sins or hope someone next to you gets destroyed instead.…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    If we don't get a sequel down the road with Jibrail Nantambu going after Michael for killing his babysitter, I give up on Hollywood.

    Perfectly efficient, middle of the road Halloween entry is pretty much a redo of H20 with more mythic aspirations. Some potent Michael moments (a great extended tracking shot in particular), a fun but too short babysitting detour in the middle, and a committed performance by Curtis manage to justify this one's existence and help it over…