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  • Irma Vep
  • The Brides of Dracula
  • Rumble Fish
  • Ikiru

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  • Frankenstein

    ★★★½

  • The Trip to Greece

    ★★★★

  • Adventureland

    ★★½

  • Cold in July

    ★★★½

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  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    Grosse Pointe Blank

    ★★★★½

    It's a particularly Gen X fantasy - returning to your high school as the biggest badass anyone's ever seen, backed by a killer array of 80s hits. But the script is leavened with wit and humanity, and these aging kids absolutely luck out on the grown-ups who get drafted to make it happen: the elder punk singer who did the score after Kurt Cobain left the assignment and all else; the SNL veteran who jumped at the chance to play…

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★½

    This is, in fact, what we were like in the 80s: how we dressed, what we feared, what we held in our souls, the weapons we hid in our bedrooms, our ambivalent but deep relationships to our siblings, the secondariness of school to what we felt our lives really were, the bullshit we held to to cover the fact that we were still figuring things out, the tiniest intimate gestures it took all our guts to make, and the way…

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  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    Though Edison took pains to protect his viewers from that which was "repulsive" in the original novel (and it tickles me to think that the omission of the role of electricity in the book was also something that would have been omitted to escape the wrath of Edison) one has to wonder how the audience of 1910 reacted to the scene of the Monster's creation. Reductive, probably necessarily so, but it's 13 minutes every devotee of horror and fantasy cinema should look at.

  • Adventureland

    Adventureland

    ★★½

    There was a period when I did NOT think that Kristen Stewart was a national treasure, and seeing this movie was right in the middle. There's a tic I noticed here where at the end of some lines she'd let out this short, sharp breath, like a slightly disdainful/ironic chuckle to punctuate the line. And I swear she did it at the end of every single line in this movie, and once I noticed it it was hard to notice…

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

    It's very much an old master returning to the stage with a greatest hits collection, which is no bad thing. There remains much pleasure to be experienced seeing and feeling the familiar technosex/bioport/stilted dialogue/coexistence of analog and digital technologies (and what that coexistence suggests about the chaos of our time). But it wasn't the recognizable tropes that had them running for the exits at Cannes; on the other hand if you want the familiar, you deserve what you get seeking…

  • Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis

    Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis

    ★★★★½

    At the moment of its release, it was a diligent act of restoration as well as expansion - Moroder restored footage that had been missing for decades, in addition to juicing the soundtrack with contemporary music. (And, as Thomas Elsaesser pointed out, he got the movie its long-awaited Hollywood premiere.)

    It is my preferred version of the film, and if Kevin Brownlow's gonna shank me for that then so be it.