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  • The Masks of Death

    The Masks of Death

    ★★★

    Film #5 of Scavenger Hunt #75
    Task 10: Watch a movie starring a Doctor Who actor, or even better, a guest star

    An elderly Sherlock Holmes, in London visiting his old friend Watson, steps out of retirement to save the British government from disaster just prior to WWI.

    Honestly, my biggest complaint about this TV movie is the picture quality. We watched it on Youtube, and its rather obviously sourced from a VHS somewhere. As popular is Holmes is, and…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    Film #3 of Scavenger Hunt #75
    Task 1: Watch one of Zach's favorite horror movies

    Film #20 of Scavenger Hunt #74
    Task 45: Edgar Wright's favourite horrors

    I swear, this just keeps getting better every time I watch it. All of Kubrick's choices are so perfectly made. The music is some of the best in a horror film. The cinematography is amazing. The production design is superbly disconcerting. Kubrick unsettles you from the very beginning of the film and never…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    ★★★★

    Film #16 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
    Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman

    Film #1 of Hoop-Tober 3.0

    This is a seasonal favorite of ours; we try to watch it every year. It's such a practically perfect Halloween film. The atmosphere is superbly gothic, creepy, otherworldly. This is done with every detail - the character design, the choice of color palette, and, of course, the music. Both the score and the songs really work to enhance…