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  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★

    Detroit is one exceptionally angry film. After a certain point, though, it starts to feel like little more than noise and fury. Maybe because only the detestable villain feels fleshed out as a character. Not a bad film but definitely the weakest of the Bigelow/Boal collaborations.

  • The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass

    The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass

    ★★★

    Charming and sweet aren’t phrases I’d usually use to describe a Seijun Suzuki film, but The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass is not the typical Seijun Suzuki film. Occasionally reminiscent of the Yasujiro Ozu film Floating Weeds, The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass is an old-fashioned road movie about magicians in a jam, a yakuza on the run, and a young man becoming a hero.

    Read my full review at City on Fire.

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 4.0: WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
    FILM #7 OF 33: THE INVISIBLE MAN

    "He's invisible, that's what's the matter with him."

    Why oh why did I sit on this movie for so long before watching it? This was sublime.

    Claude Rains commands the screen largely via voice alone in a truly wonderful, utterly deranged performance as the Invisible Man. The title's madman is just sitting there, excitedly chatting about ideas to murder and sabotage for his own enjoyment. I love…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    ★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 4.0: WHAT’S ON THE MENU?– FILM #2 of 33: CHILD’S PLAY

    ”Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?”

    I never saw any of the Chucky films before. As a kid, I thought they sounded too scary. And then when I became a horror fan in my teens, I thought they sounded too childish. Funny how that goes. And while I try not to prejudge movies as much anymore, for some reason Chucky just kept getting left behind. So, I decided this…