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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • Smash Palace

    ★★★½

  • Luz

    ★★½

  • Willow Springs

    ★★

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★½

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  • Smash Palace

    Smash Palace

    (7/8 is "Very Good")

    I didn't know anything about this film going into it, and that works in its favor, because it is a tragically believable descent. It's an interesting juxtaposition between a light-hearted film - with a charming theme and setting and little-village problems - and a rather dark, startk twist into the depths of human nature.

    I suppose life is like that.

  • Luz

    Luz

    (5/8 is "Okay")

    Very much a case of style over substance, though the style has tinges of amateurish experimentation (not terrible) and the substance is almost non-existent. This mode of hooking into 80s nostalgia was fun for a while, but I think we need to put it to rest a bit.

    Overall: it was enjoyable, but totally forgettable.

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  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

    (8/8 is "Great")
    The great thing about this film is that it knows precisely what it is - an ultra cheap B movie horror. It knows that some of the things it does to make the horror work are silly, and then it points and says "Ha! Wasn't that great? Look at the blood!".

    It's somewhat congruous to think of two-camera sitcoms - obviously fake, removed from reality - yet highly engrossing. It's because the formalist staging makes it cinematic.…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★½

    (7/8 is "Very Good")
    In some ways this feels like the culmination of American 80s crime cinema; it is the essence of what one wants from the 80s aesthetic. The electronic and synth soundtrack is great, and it is highly stylized without feeling garish - with many pulse pounding set pieces and vignettes. It's got a psychologically tortured hero at its lead (and Peterson really nails it), as well as a great competing villain. I mean it really has some…