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  • My Soul to Take

    My Soul to Take

    ★★★★

    Why on earth is this not more beloved? Wes Craven's last masterpiece, and from what I've seen his most twisted and entertaining since Shocker (to which it felt like a spiritual sequel) and The People Under the Stairs.

    After finally forcing myself through the Scream series recently I didn't have high hopes for the movie he directed right before 4, but this was such a breath of fresh air.

    I almost missed it because of the low average, but thankfully took note that all the actual reviews seemed to really like it.

  • Death Smiles on a Murderer

    Death Smiles on a Murderer

    ★★★★

    The first five minutes are close to my perfect ideal for cinema, and most of the first third doesn't let up. But inevitably this becomes a bit of a hurdle - it starts at max, and toward the middle starts to struggle a bit trying to keep up with itself.

    That said, it's still pretty great! Beautifully shot beautifully sounding almost abstract fever-dreamy gothic soap opera madness.

    (Italian dub)

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  • The Pajama Game

    The Pajama Game

    ★★★★

    Among Doris Day vehicles, this one had a particularly deranged quality that made up for the barebones story and intrigue. Everything is played with a startling level of energy, every song has it's own insane twist, and oftentimes there are just a few lines of dialogue squeezed in before the next jaw-dropping musical set piece. Even the slower songs were twisted, like Sid singing a duet with his dictation machine, the absurdity elevated by the heartfelt tone. Together with the primary color palette, it felt at times as if the cartoonists at Warner were in charge of this one.

  • The Cabin in the Cotton

    The Cabin in the Cotton

    ★★★★

    Enjoyably weird, pretty much every character being a ridiculous caricature played with heightened sincerity. And in the middle of it all Richard Barthelmess, a 37-year-old actor who is introduced playing the role of a playful young boy who has just started school, and whose character might stay within his teens for the duration of the movie (it's hard to say for sure). To make it better, for most of it he's so passive that he comes across as a meek…