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  • All the Colors of the Dark

    All the Colors of the Dark

    ★★½

    I dunno. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood, but I really struggled to get into this. I wanted to like it more, but something about the hokeyness of the plot (a woman experiencing nightmarish flashbacks decides satanism is the answer and is drawn into a murderous cabal where she's constantly followed by a man with piercing blue eyes - is it real, or all in her head? Or are the screenwriters making it up as they go along?),…

  • Brazil

    Brazil

    ★★★★★

    Rampant ducting, terrorism, heating engineer wars, interdimensional samurai and steampunk Futurism through a fish eye lens.

    This is Terry Gilliam at his peak - endlessly inventive visually, dark, witty, and with the power to transport you to a world where the real and the imaginary know no border. He's ably assisted by Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown in the screenplay department and a glittering array of stars including Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins and Jim Broadbent, to name…

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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★½

    Dario Argento made three genre-defining classics. How many other directors can lay claim to such an achievement? Romero springs instantly to mind, but they're few and far between. For me, Deep Red is a shade under Tenebre (giallo perfection!), but it's not far behind. Argento reprises certain elements of his earlier film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, and refines the murder-as-artform blueprint. Like that previous outing, this one also has a fish-out of water lead who is unsympathetic and…

  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

    Proving the old adage that where there's a will, there's a way. This independent gem was made for a mere $30k (not a lot, even in 1962) and it's as suspenseful and atmospheric as any horror movie I can think of from the era. It was ahead of its time too, anticipating Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead with its ghoulish denouement at the abandoned amusement park.

    Director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford had both spent their careers…