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  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★★★

    So real it hut to watch. But I loved it.

    Girlfriends feels like Smithereens, except I liked everyone in this slow, desperate world. Recommended to anyone who has ever tried to live the creative life or love someone or chase a dream.

    Guess that means I recommend it to everyone.

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★★

    Stealing trombones, connecting callers, baking biscuits.

    The film opens with a scene following a character as he chats with people at a high school basketball game. It feels both totally natural and completely engaging. It's what every low budget film want to be — hell, it's what every movie should aspire to.

    The Vast of Night feels like Pontypool, only more on my wavelength. The friend who recommended it liked the immersive attention to detail, like the girl filling in at the board for the telephone operator, and I have to agree. Loved everything about this one.

    Later, operator.

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-tober is Grinch Night (Hoop-tober 4.0).

    I watched a mall die; not all at once, but over the course of decades. When I was young, it had everything: department stores, a pet store, a food court, an arcade, even a comic book shop. After the newer mall opened, everything left, until it had only a discount arcade (“Every game’s a nickel!”), and they really only opened the front doors so senior citizens could walk there. I saw my favorite performance…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★½

    Hoopbound: Hooptober 2
    6/6 Required Directors (Fisher)
    5/6 Before 1970
    6/10 Anniversary

    Beautiful film, Gothic but with that Technicolor flare.

    I embrace this alternate universe of the original Stoker novel. The changes are interesting while keeping true to the original feel; although, as a Texan, I’m always disappointed when they leave out Quincey Morris. They do keep a few of the same goofs; a failure to properly defend Lucy and Mina, and a lack of adequate preparation, even though they…