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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 Boy in Blue

    The Boy in Blue

    ★★★

    As early Nicolas Cage movies go, this one is no Birdy or Valley Girl. It’s a biopic of a Canadian rowing champion that basically falls into all the usual biopic / sports movie clichés, but there’s a certain charm to seeing Rocky-style montages and inspirational synth-orchestral music used to soundtrack the athletic progress of a late-19th-century rower. Some nice cinematography too, and Christopher Plummer does some good work in a mostly-villainous role... but I was mostly watching this for the Cage, and on that level this is pretty average. Although he does take his shirt off a lot.

  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

    An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

    ★★★

    There’s something extremely wrong with Jim Hosking. And I’m just going to have to keep watching his films until I figure out what it is. Yes, that seems like a sensible thing to do.

    I didn’t find this as funny as The Greasy Strangler but I saw that one with a large, baffled crowd which really helped. The cast for this one is amazing though, and there are some absolutely killer musical choices on the soundtrack. Craig Robinson communicating through…

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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…