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  • White Zombie

    White Zombie

    ★★★★

    I wrote a load of stuff about Island of Lost Souls, Murders in the Rue Morgue and (particularly) White Zombie for an article about Bela Lugosi's first year post-Dracula.

    Please read the whole thing in Bela Lugosi's voice.

    Happy Halloween!

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I started out watching Jim Jarmusch films in chronological order after somebody (I've forgotten who it was) told me that he peaked early and that none of his later films lived up to that early promise. Whoever that forgotten person was, they clearly had VERY different tastes to me! I found Stranger than Paradise and Down By Law to be incredibly frustrating experiences, Mystery Train and Night on Earth to be mixed bags, but from Dead Man and Ghost Dog

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  • The Day of the Locust

    The Day of the Locust

    ★★★

    This is a pretty fascinating film, although not always a particularly compelling one - after a strong opening it gets kinda lost in its own rambling condemnation of Hollywood, only to eventually rally for a genuinely astonishing, actually-quite-terrifying ending.

    Donald Sutherland plays a character named Homer Simpson which is obviously quite entertaining, the film also has a Simpsons-esque fascination with the angry mob... Otherwise parts of it feel like they probably inspired David Lynch, other bits feel a bit like Robert Altman at his weirdest (Brewster McCloud etc) but overall it's a bit of a mess. An interesting mess with a few incredible scenes, though!

  • Shall We Dance

    Shall We Dance

    ★★★★

    Hurray, I finally found the Fred & Ginger film for me! Despite the always-spectacular dance sequences I had major issues with the first three that I saw - they either had weak plots, unmemorable songs, cringeworthy blackface sequences or some combination of those things that stopped me from getting on board.

    Shall We Dance has no such problems! The plot is interesting enough that the energy doesn’t sag between musical numbers, the songs are absolute classics, Edward Everett Horton provides some…

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  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values

    ★★★★★

    Morticia: I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.

    <3

  • 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…