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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★½

    Oh, man, such a difficult movie to rate. On the one hand, it obviously sucks. On the other hand, there's a definite charm to it -- as low-budget as it is, it gives us likable heroes and damnable villains, all wrapped up in a thin veil of who-cares-how-dumb-it-is sci-fi. Well, I suppose I shouldn't veer from my usual rating system -- starts are for cinematographic quality, not kitschy enjoyability.

    At any rate, the lead is rather improbably good. I just…

  • 5th Ave Girl

    5th Ave Girl

    ★★★½

    My expectations for this film were high, because, frankly, Ginger Rogers is a treasure, and make every movie she's in that much better. And she was, indeed, a boon to the film, as was the always-excellent Walter Connolly; but the story here just wasn't interesting enough to rise to the level of its performers.

    Here's the gist: Connolly is a wealthy business man, whose good fortunes seem to have run out. His business has hit a rocky patch, his son…

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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    I hadn't seen Hellraiser for probably 15 years. A friend has been bugging me to re-watch it, and I'm really glad I succumbed to the peer pressure. This is a really good movie -- not just a really good horror movie. The direction and cinematography are crisp and vital, and the movie chugs along briskly and with purpose. The story is certainly unique, as well, of course.

    Honestly, one of the reasons it took me so long to re-watch this…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★

    What the fuck did I just watch? I am more or less speechless.

    I wonder what my life would have been like if this had been the first movie I had ever seen. If this movie were my baseline for normal...

    Really a one-of-a-kind experience.