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  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Haunting
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    ★★★★

  • Getting Away from It All

    ★★½

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★½

  • The Great Rupert

    ★★½

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  • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    I GAVE THIS MOVIE ITS TITLE! Sort of...
    Well, no... fuck "sort of." HELL YEAH, I DID.

    I've actually never seen the movie, but I just wanted to toot my own horn a little for attention.

    See, after the first movie was such a surprise hit, SyFy immediately ordered a followup. So they announced a contest to title the second movie. All you had to do was go on Twitter and enter. So, I came up with this title, clever…

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★★★

    In "Best Of" horror lists, this movie consistently ranks somewhere around number 25. But I don't care what anyone says, it will always be my #1 favorite horror film. I first encountered it around 23 years ago when I worked at a mom-and-pop video store in Manhattan. I was in the midst of getting my film education from the dusty shelves full of VHS tapes. I had always been fascinated by ghost stories and had already had one of my…

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  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    ★★★★

    A strange, beautiful, striking film, sometimes boring but ultimately impactful, with Faye Dunaway in one of her finest performances. She plays Lou Andreas Sand, a successful fashion model, and relays her life story through the lens of her mental illness. The film is structured exactly the way memory works, with her narration simultaneously fragmentary, contradictory, incomplete, and sometimes unreliable, but mysterious and compelling. It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of it and figure out what…

  • Getting Away from It All

    Getting Away from It All

    ★★½

    An ABC Movie of the Week that was clearly shot as a pilot and didn't get picked up for good reason. It's not that it's awful, it's just not good. It's the same old story of Big City dwellers from NYC moving to the Backwater Spit (an island in Maine this time), suffering through adapting, and finally coming to enjoy it. It sounds and is exactly like what you would expect some clueless exec to come up with while having…

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  • Things Heard & Seen

    Things Heard & Seen

    ★★★★

    Let me just say this up front: If you are a heterosexual male, you will probably hate this movie. I hate to generalize, but I've already read some bad reviews by men and I just know this is not a guy kind of movie. It's chick-flick horror. And to be fair, yes, the film does lean pretty heavily on the female spirituality thing, especially in its rather disappointing and overblown denouement. But up until that, I was loving every second…

  • Def-Con 4

    Def-Con 4

    ★★★

    I can't believe so many people were disgruntled because this movie didn't have a skeleton in a spacesuit like its poster. Some people are so literal-minded. Okay, so it's not a big-budget sci-fi disaster film. In fact, it mostly takes place in a shack with wood paneling. But it's not THAT bad. It's low-budget Canuxploitation but it's moderately entertaining. If nothing else, you can laugh at the main actor Tim Choate's hilariously hysterical fits of screaming. Other than that it's pretty typical apocalyptic storytelling -- one faction hordes all the resources and the others fight them. Nothing much to say about it pro or con.