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  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    ★★★★½

    I'd been wanting to watch this for a couple decades and never really thought about how to find it. It wasn't until I found out about Moviepassed and the wife and I both decided to watch this for our Quarantine Movie Challenge that I finally sat down to it.

    The movie is a complete oddity and a complete delight. It is the perfect length of time for what it is: the tragic and bizarre story of Karen Carpenter told entirely…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 7.0 #1

    I've seen this a couple times before. I always liked it, but never loved it. My wife hadn't seen it but had seen enough bits and pieces that she knew she just wanted to finally say she'd seen the whole thing, so it was on our Quarantine Movie Challenge.

    Re-watching this allowed me to focus on the details and not the wide swathes of the movie. I wanted to dig in and figure out why the Academy…

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  • The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    ★★★½

    My first Hooptober movie of the season, and I'm glad to have started with it.

    At multiple points I forgot that this movie came out in 2009. The dedication to not just the style of the era, but also to the cinematic style of the era, was admirable.

    There was nothing revolutionary here in terms of plot or horror, really... it was just a very well-done horror flick. West's ability to generate suspense is among the best of working directors.…

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 6.0 #6 (super long review, but maybe worth reading)

    I'll start with my fears for the movie ahead of having seen it. Richard Stanley is still something of an enigma to me. There is a large cult of personality behind him that I feel is outsized to the movies I've seen of his. Dust Devil is something I need to revisit, but I remember being decent yet unremarkable. Hardware, which I just saw as part of Hooptober, was solid…