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  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • The Last Seduction
  • Strange Impersonation
  • This Gun for Hire

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  • The Humans

    ★★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★½

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  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★

    I read this play back when I heard about how it was maybe a big deal (when it was nominated for the Tony Award it won). After being able to see it performed here, I still feel the same way I did then. This is intentionally off-putting in an 'arty' way that makes for a very specific emotional empathy range. It's a piece that I think is ultimately successful, but is in no way "entertaining" or "cathartic" as a a…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    I'm still not sure how I feel about Edgar Wright. His films are so pastiche-driven, so overly reliant on music choices and visual style that it is easy to flippantly say they lack substance.
    I don't think that's quite true, especially here, with its adolescent anxiety metaphor-to-the-max. However, what I think I find slightly off-putting is how blatant everything is in expressing this. Again, the music is integral, but it's frequently perhaps too on-the-nose with its choices (the lyrics are…

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  • Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde

    Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde

    Hooptober 6.0 #5:
    I wanted to like this but I didn't, mainly because Bernie Casey's reasoning for turning from mice to human subjects in an instant seems purposeless. After the first transformation I literally lost the plot on what was going on here. Was his turning "white" (according to the Moonlight Lounge patrons) supposed to be metaphorical or literal here? The scenes where he causes all the havoc just seem poorly done (mostly flailing arms and grunting). Aside from the…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober 6.0 #22:
    I had the chance to see the new restoration last night at the local AMC (not in 4K though), so it's going on the list. I've seen this 3-4 times previous, but it's been awhile. Here are some random, not-so-organized thoughts on it this time around:
    In trying to recall my initial thoughts about this, I can remember being overly annoyed with Shelley Duvall's performance here. Boy, was I wrong. She is amazingly good here (check out…