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  • The Black Cat

    The Black Cat

    ★★★

    Hooptober begins!
    The Black Cat introduces its characters with an awkward chance encounter between a stranger and a couple. It's a bit hokey and Bela Lugosi tries his best to NOT channel Dracula, but nevertheless falls back on that style of delivery. The following scenes take us through a car (or carriage) ride through a spooky trail leading to a castle, again similar to any number of monster movies from the 30s. Yet toward the end, it ends in a…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★

    As a Lakers fan…..Fuck the Celtics. As a fan of film, its hard to deny the career defining performances and unique film making style of Uncut Gems.

    What doesn’t work for me is that the finale is completely wrapped up in a historical basketball game. My fandom aside (I obviously found myself cheering against Garnet), most NBA fans can deduce Boston won their playoff match up against the 76ers. The opening tip and rebound/point drama is fun but the outcome,…

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    I am hesitant to leave this film rated 1 star, but there is really no flare, no personality to the story or characters. The first two Silent Night films, while bad in their own way, at least have their moments of cheese and horror appeal. Many horror fans will tell you something memorable from either of these two, but nothing comes to mind from Part 3. Worse of all, the things that could have make it interesting are criminally ignored.…

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  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I wish I had seen Little Shop of Horrors in better health. As I'm writing this, my voice is all shot to hell. It was made worse by the film starting just after midnight and a scratched 35 mm print. Despite all that, the songs were a blast and the puppetry was beyond my expectations.
    Just how in the hell did they pull off the scene where Audrey II (fantastically voiced by Levi Stubbs) tries to take a bite out…

  • The Howling

    The Howling

    ★★★

    I want to like this film more than I actually do. Unfortunately, the first hour feels like a softcore porn thriller, only made bearable by side characters investigating a serial killer. In retrospect, I am sure this was deliberate to save the best for last. The Howling does suffer from pacing and editing issues but is nonetheless a showcase of Rob Bottin's wonderful work.

    The most spectacular special effects are saved for the final 40 minutes. The transformations, the number…