Paul Anthony Johnson

Paul Anthony Johnson

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***** - Loved It Madly
****- Loved It
*** - Liked It
** - Didn't Like It
* - Hated It

Favorite films

  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Jules and Jim
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Cops

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  • The Astrologer

    ★★

  • The Ghost Dance

    ★★

  • Invitation to Hell

  • Blood Relatives

    ★★

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  • The Curse of the Cat People

    The Curse of the Cat People

    ★★★★★

    Despite its title and lineage, a lot of smart people don't think Curse of the Cat People is a horror movie. The estimable William K. Everson, in Classics of the Horror Film (1975), lamented that the title “tried to pass off a fairy story as a horror yarn” and in A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (1973), Denis Gifford wrote that the film was “a brilliant piece of supernatural cinema, but a long way from horror.” But I’d argue it…

  • The Asphyx

    The Asphyx

    ★★★

    The Asphyx is a melancholic twitch of a film tradition that was just about to pass into oblivion by 1972. As such, its neglected status is easy to fathom. If setting trends usually guarantees posterity, then being a belated relic of an outmoded style always guarantees instant obscurity—thus we remember 1967 as the year of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, not as the year of Charlie Chaplin’s A Countess from Hong Kong and Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Honey Pot. In…

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  • Theatre of Death

    Theatre of Death

    ★★★

    Christopher Lee struts and smirks his way through the role of a menacing mesmerist/Grand Guignol theater director who may or may not be hypnotizing his leading ladies into committing a series of 'vampire'-style murders in 19th century Paris. Colorfully lighted in quasi-giallo fashion, there's a lot to enjoy in this lurid period peace as long as you don't care too much about little things like plot and characterization, though ultimately the whole thing does falter due to one too many…

  • Uncle Silas

    Uncle Silas

    ★★★★

    A young Jean Simmons stars in this Gothic melodrama (adapted from a novel by Sheridan 'Carmilla' Le Fanu) as a young orphaned heiress sent to live with a sinister guardian in an old dark mansion, where every hidden room and distant relative exists solely to enthusiastically distress our increasingly exasperated damsel. Simmons conveys the heroine's steely intelligence with a wit that prevents the film's portrait of Victorian virtue from curdling into a sanctimonious vice, while in the role of the villains Katina Paxinou and Derrick De Marney portray self-amused malice with the kind of exuberant sense of style that gives melodrama the good name it deserves.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a life insurance policy.

  • Circus of Books

    Circus of Books

    ★★½

    The fact this doc spends more time on how the woman who co-owned a major gay porn book store in Los Angeles and co-produced a bunch of gay adult movies in the 80s had trouble accepting the coming out of her son than it does on how the AIDS crisis affected her business and the community it catered to and employed is both inevitable and understandable given the subject's daughter made said doc. But that's also why someone other than…