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  • The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

    The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

    Unbearably cheap. To it’s credit, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues wants to be taken semi-seriously, or at least sincerely, and attempts to entertain. “Attempt” is the operative word, however, as this film is too wooden and insubstantial to really be much beyond incomprehensibly dull - no matter how many genre tropes they sling at it.

    A mad scientist is using a radioactive rock to create unstoppable aquatic mutant monsters, and foreign spies are trying to discover “the secret.” What could…

  • The Brain from Planet Arous

    The Brain from Planet Arous

    ★★★

    The Brain from Planet Arous is a movie so weird and creative in its core concepts, it is a shame that it hasn’t become a genre standout over time. An evil alien has arrived on Earth, intent on taking over the entire planet by means of possessing important people (particularly a nuclear physicist, as this is the 1950s and atomic fears are the topic of the day). Soon, a second alien arrives, also possessing people in an attempt to covertly…

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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★★★

    Watching The Birth of a Nation often feels like watching the work of a mad man. Maybe even an evil genius. Distilling years of filmmaking practice on previous work into one cohesive film, D.W. Griffith made what is paradoxically one of the greatest movies of all time, and one of the most sinister. This paradox makes the film unimaginably difficult to concisely discuss. Maybe even impossible. 

    I’ve heard some credit the film as the first blockbuster. It certainly fits all the criteria.…

  • Phase IV

    Phase IV

    ★★★★★

    An arthouse film about killer ants?! It’s tempting to lump Phase IV in with films like THEM, Empire of the Ants, or nature horror films like Frogs. It is a tale as old as time. Man vs. Nature. Killer insects have been loosed onto our world, and it is now the job of our top scientific minds to handle things. In some ways, it’s almost a cliché. But trust me when I say that there is nothing cliché about Phase…