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  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor

    ★★½

    Guys, I've tripped backward into an old realm. For the first time in many years, I have a VCR. I saw a post here on Letterboxd that got me all fuzzy with nostalgia. That nostalgia carried me into the actual pragmatism of fulfilling something that I didn't even know I wanted that bad. But I did, and it happened fast. My reintegration into home video has been surprisingly easy, affordable, and addictive.

    I nailed down the TV/VCR first: A 13"…

  • The Black Cauldron

    The Black Cauldron

    ★★★

    Everything outside the evil castle is stock Disney fantasy. Everything inside the evil castle is a metal-up-your-ass Ralph Bakshi wet dream. The darkness of this movie is pretty surprising and cool.

    With The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective, you can see Disney reaching for new visual dynamics. They don't gel perfectly here. It has an imbalanced, mixed media look at times. Still, it's neat to see the fog, sky, and swirling colors striving for new dimensions. This would've…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This is the most convincing descent into Hell I've ever witnessed. Yes, I'm only just now getting to it. What's even more embarassing is that I saw the remake and the prequel to the remake in theaters when I was in high school. My ex-girlfriend loved horror so that's where I would take her to make out and half watch the gory whatever going on. So I was exposed enough to the story that I felt prepared for this. I…

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★★

    HOOPTOBER 5.0 - #9

    Towards the middle of the movie, TV personality and former film star Peter Vincent arrives in Charley's neighborhood to half-seriously investigate this whole "vampire next door" thing. He asks, "Which house is it?" Charley points. It's a decrepit, imposing two-story structure wrapped in a dry ice fog. All that's missing is a wolf howl sound cue. It's an image that you'd find in any one of Peter Vincent's films, and his response is, "Ah. Of course."…