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  • The Fog

    ★★★★½

  • Dirty Ho

    ★★★½

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    ★★★★½

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    ★★★★½

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  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★★½

    Every time I watch this movie I like it more. Carpenter is obviously a master at creating tension, but it’s the spareness of this - similar in a way to Halloween - that’s so enthralling. 

    Walking out I heard someone say to a friend they saw it with, with a laugh, that the opening credits went on for like ten minutes. And they are long and slow and nothing happens, but that emptiness - the streets; the light from stores; the…

  • Dirty Ho

    Dirty Ho

    ★★★½

    It might be that the more time I spend watching Shaw movies, the less the idea of “plot” will matter. But it’s a real shame that Dirty Ho takes too long to get going, while also ending so abruptly. 

    Because what’s in-between is some thrilling stuff and an actually engaging Buddy comedy (a nice antidote to having watched The Takedown). The choreography is stunning; at once balletic and deeply cinematic. I love the kind of action sequences where the camera…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    As a follie a deux, it actually makes for an interesting comparison to something like Perfect Blue.

    It's funny, chaotic, queer. Both men get called open books at one point or another - and a journal becomes important in the final act - which makes sense for something that's overflowing with references and allusion; to myth, Lovecraft, even a little wink towards something like the sea captain in The Simpsons.

    First thing we talked about after it finished is what…

  • The Vampire Doll

    The Vampire Doll

    ★★★½

    Fascinating kind of anti-rural, anti-Hammer film inspired by Hammer. Spare and full of dread; a delicate balance between an increasingly outlandish plot, and vampiric elements that get genuinely under the skin. It's a real shame that the characters often feel a little paper thin, but this is a great vehicle for creepy vibes, and taking vampire stories in an unexpected direction.