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  • HΓ€xan

    HΓ€xan

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    HoopTober 6.0 #15: 6 Countries (Denmark/Sweden)

    What is a witch? In the popular imagination, a witch is a practitioner of black magic, a consort of the devil, a crone of wicked intent who cooks infants and flies astride a broom by night. If your husband inexplicably falls ill, why, it may be a witch - but be wary the one you accuse does not accuse you right back. If you can't produce tears on cue, you might be a witch,…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

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    HoopTober 6.0 #8: 1 film where the men and women of the church are having a bad day

    Good grief, where to begin? I guess I can say that this nicely fits the Hooptober prompt, because the men and women of the church are having a very, very, very bad day.

    The Devils is a horrific assault on all the senses. It features sequences of depravity and cruelty that showcase the absolute worst of humanity. It's also kind of fucking…

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  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    King Kong vs. Godzilla

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    Now this is more like it! Original Godzilla director Ishiro Honda returns to direct the third entry, following his own film and Godzilla Raids Again. Honda's original entry was a somber meditation on Hiroshima that also happened to have a giant monster. Raids Again featured a giant monster battle in the first half and not much else in the second. Here, Honda gets the pacing down right: though we don't get a true smackdown until the final ten minutes, the…

  • Godzilla Raids Again

    Godzilla Raids Again

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    The first sequel to Godzilla, this one ditches the commentary for monster fights. The first half is a lot of fun and features Godzilla vs the most comically inaccurate ankylosaurus you could imagine. The second half turns into a bit of a snooze fest - they just don't have the new formula down yet. Later entries will give Godzilla more of a reason to fight (here, 'zilla and "anguirus" are just already tussling the very first time we see them)…

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  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

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    I miss Sally Menke. I will not pretend to understand exactly what she brought to Quentin Tarantino's filmography - I have only fuzzy ideas of what an editor does and how he/she does it. I could not describe to you the rhythm of a scene or a film, except to say that I can feel when it is off. And Tarantino, when he was working with Menke, was never off.

    His films since her passing have had a shaggy, shapeless…

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

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    Dare you dare you double dare you

    I've seen Silent Hill a number of times - this is probably my fourth or fifth viewing - and every time, I'm reminded of its inherent contradictions. On the one hand, the dialogue and the performances are often wooden, the exposition is mind-numbing, and the Sean Bean scenes, forced on director Christophe Gans by the studio, are dull as dishwater (his original conception of an all-female film sounds much more interesting, and indeed,…