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  • Dazed and Confused
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Diary of a Mad Housewife
  • The Thing

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  • The Grifters

    ★★★½

  • Love, Death & Robots: Three Robots: Exit Strategies

    ★★★½

  • Nothing But the Night

    ★★½

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★★½

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  • Intruder

    Intruder

    ★★★★

    Very fun and creatively directed slasher comedy set in a supermarket after hours. I worked in a grocery store for three years in the early ‘90s, and (setting aside all the gory murders) this reminded me of some of the most fun aspects of that job.  We never had a homicidal maniac get loose in our store, but one time a bird flew in and that was pretty wild.

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  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★★½

    By lucky accident, I didn't really know anything about this going into it, plot-wise or tonally. I just remembered that a lot of people I follow liked it a lot when it was released. If you can stay unspoiled, I think that's the way to go. It's directed with real creativity and total confidence in the material; when you factor in the tight script and lively performances, that makes for something pretty special.  

    This was my first Jim Cummings film, but it won't be the last.

  • Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype

    Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype

    ★★

    It's more a riff on The Nutty Professor than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and it's not what I deem good by any conventional standards, but for Oliver Reed fans and the morbidly curious it does offer a taste of the bizarre.

    As the kindly but tragically malformed Dr. Hekyl, Oliver Reed looks a bit like a zombie Shrek with a bad perm. (I think his skin is actually grey, but under most lighting this reads as green more often…

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  • Vampires

    Vampires

    ★★★

    Lesser Carpenter for sure, but it was a little better than I expected, even though it lacks a real sense of fun and does drag a fair amount (the exceptions being the mayhem at the motel bacchanal and the elevator sequence). The sleepy blues score doesn't help much in this regard, though it got somewhat better toward the end.

    Still not sure why James Woods' character was so preoccupied with the tumescence of other characters' dicks. And why does he…

  • Less Than Zero

    Less Than Zero

    ★★★½

    Disclaimers: I've never read the book that served as the source material. I've also never done cocaine, for multiple reasons. [(1) I don't like the idea of things going up my nose. No one has ever looked cool snorting coke. (I don't even like the word snort.) (2) I always had the perception that coke is a drug for rich assholes, and I am nothing if not a man of the people. (3) "Snow Blind" was one of the weaker…