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  • The Church

    The Church

    ★★★★

    For some reason I found myself thinking of that famous Howard Hawks quote during this, "A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes". What would he have made of The Church, which has about 50 good scenes, no bad ones, but makes no fucking sense?

    I don't even really mean that as a criticism, because this is SO much fun that the fact that it casually ditches subplots and merrily switches between protagonists barely matters. It might…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★

    After loving Kuroneko a couple of Octobers ago I picked up a copy of this one, excited to see more from Kaneto Shindô BUT also quietly confident that none of his other films would quite live up to that one because, you know, it has cats in it.

    Well, that turns out to be pretty accurate - a creepy mask and a deep hole are no match for cats - but this is a fascinating and beautiful film that explores…

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  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★★

    Murder, betrayal and corruption in Atlantic City! There's a lot of cliches here, but the energetic direction and performances carry it through with style... Nicolas Cage hits a nice mid-point between his wildest roles and the more subtle ones, as a corrupt-yet-loveable cop investigating a murder during a boxing match. Stan Shaw, as the defeated boxer, is particularly great - the deflated pride and pain in his eyes as he talks about losing his heavyweight belt feel really genuine, an…

  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

    ★★★½

    I remember the awkwardly-inserted funny bits being one the main things that stopped me from loving James Whale's Frankenstein films, but when those funny bits make up most of the movie, I am totally on board! Curiously this one falters a bit when it actually brings out the horror - the first two-thirds are so funny that the action-packed finale just made me long for more strange, hilarious dialogue.

    Most of the cast here get some wonderful lines - the…