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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★½

    It's amazing to revisit this zombie film and find that it's still so effective. It's creepy, haunting, and has some wonderfully simple gore effects that make it stick in your brain long after it's over. I had a great time watching it again and look forward to future viewings.

    For my full review, tune in to The Next Reel's podcast here.

  • Danger: Diabolik

    Danger: Diabolik

    ★★★

    The only thing I knew about this project walking into it is that Ennio Morricone's score was pretty crazy. I think that helped me when I started watching it, because the whole film is pretty crazy. It's a wacky comic book world about basically a supervillain with a secret lair who sets up elaborate schemes to steal things. And he's our protagonist. It's absurd in all the right ways. I had a lot of fun watching this and feel that my enjoyment could certainly grow as I watch it in subsequent viewings.

    For my full review, tune in to The Next Reel's podcast here.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.

    I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.

    Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.

    Great film.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    Ergh. (That's for you, Chris.)

    What happened here? Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. A ridiculously talented cast. A ridiculously talented crew.

    I love McCarthy's books and 2 of his movie adaptations. Maybe I should blame him for a nonsensical, overly talky story? There were so many monologues, I actually began hoping someone would finally say, "Oh, you caught me monologuing!"

    There were a few great scenes, but those paired with the rest didn't add up to a cohesive story. Not to…