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  • Piranha

    ★★★½

  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    ★★

  • A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★½

  • The Keep

    ★★★

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  • Moneyball

    Moneyball

    ★★★½

    The combination of baseball and numbers in spreadsheets helps make this a comfort movie for me. I also love how it’s just a quiet, adult drama around those two things, but also doesn’t need to involve some grander plot like a failed romance, some catastrophic injury, or the threat of a team moving (I guess his relationship with his daughter is the closest they get to that). It’s just all very low-stakes storytelling, and you love to see it.

    “It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball.”

  • For Love of the Game

    For Love of the Game

    ★½

    "It's hard not to be romantic about baseball...

    ...but not impossible."

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  • Piranha

    Piranha

    ★★★½

    I shouldn't have been surprised this was as fun as it ended up being, considering the Dante of it all, but it's easy to see why it became a cult success. It's not even just Dick Miller or Paul Bartel showing up and doing their thing, the whole cast seemed to be in on the joke, and were having fun. I was also immediately taken by Barbara Steele, and couldn't place her but knew she must've been someone important. I've…

  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    ★★

    The twist on this one is that it plays out for a bit sort of like some MI5 spy thriller, with agents trying to infiltrate estates and uncover a conspiracy involving important men in the city, but surprise, it's just a cult run by CEO Dracula!
    It's not surprising this was the last Lee/Cushing Dracula film from Hammer, as it feels like it's retreading much of the same ground including, once again, Cushing explaining the rules of vampirism and the occult in a very professorial way (not a complaint).

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    The thing that makes MacReady so relatable isn’t so much that he’s smart and pragmatic in the face of the situation he’s in but that, as an American, he is constantly confusing Norwegians with Swedes.

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  • Roadgames

    Roadgames

    ★★★½

    I would’ve been content if the entire runtime was just Stacy Keach riding around the Outback with his dog sidekick, cracking wise about all the other drivers, and surprisingly a lot of this film’s runtime was just that, which made it funnier than I was expecting. It teams him up with a young Jamie Lee Curtis for the middle third, in the midst of her early scream queen run and playing a role pretty similar to what she played in…