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  • Ghostbusters
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Phantom of the Paradise

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  • Urban Legends: Final Cut

    ★★★

  • Urban Legend

    ★★½

  • Puppet Master: Axis of Evil

    ★★★

  • Retro Puppet Master

    ★★

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  • Urban Legends: Final Cut

    Urban Legends: Final Cut

    ★★★

    This is a very strange movie, but I'm shocked to say that I think I like it a tad better than the first film (which I realize may not be saying much).

    They go harder on the meta elements here—the whole thing is centered on a group of film students, and coming from an arts background, I probably enjoyed it too much—play up the camp more and pay only cursory attention to the urban legend stuff, but it ends up…

  • Urban Legend

    Urban Legend

    ★★½

    24 years later and this is just as lackluster and mildly annoying as I remember it being.

    I am hardly the first person to remark that this is basically a watered down Scream knock-off, so I won't dwell on that. You can throw in all the genre legends you want—Robert Englund as a college professor, Danielle Harris as an angsty Goth roommate, a brief cameo from Brad Dourif as an unhinged gas station attendant—but they can't save mediocrity. (See also:…

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    REPORTER: Are they slow moving, chief?
    POLICE CHIEF: Yeah, they're dead. They're...all messed up.


    Viewed -- finally! -- on the brand new and long awaited Criterion blu-ray with a 4K transfer from the original film negative. Needless to say, NOTLD looks and even sounds better than ever. And after 50 years of public domain hell, it even has a proper copyright now.

    Sure, the film is probably not absolutely 100% flawless, but in terms of independent films (particularly of the…

  • Ed Wood

    Ed Wood

    ★★★★★

    Ed Wood is a film that gets better and better every time I watch it...and I pretty much loved it from the first time I saw it. I came to it a few years late, as I was busy being obsessed with a little Quentin Tarantino film back in 1994, but was happy when I finally did. While it's my second favorite Tim Burton film (Pee-wee will forever be my #1), you could make a strong case that it is…