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  • The Brood

    The Brood

    ★★★★★

    8th David Cronenberg (after Scanners, Dead Ringers, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Videodrome, Fast Company, Shivers, before Crimes of the Future, Stereo, Secret Weapons and Naked Lunch)

    Hello again! As I promised last week, I do have some exciting further news. Namely, the presentation I promised on The Brood all those months ago has finally been readied! We had the panel this morning and it went very well, so finally I feel ready to show this to the world. It's…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★½

    1st Terence Fisher (followed by Eighteenth, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Devil Rides Out, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Gorgon, The Brides of Dracula, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Curse of the Werewolf, Island of Terror, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Earth Dies Screaming, To The Public Danger, Phantom of the Opera and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed)

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  • The Rocking Horsemen

    The Rocking Horsemen

    ★★★★

    6th Nobuhiko Obayashi (after Hausu, School in the Crosshairs; His Motorbike, Her Island, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Tenkôsei)

    Hello! If you're looking for nostalgic and heartfelt reminiscences of teenage rock exploits and awkward adolescent fumblings, then you've come to the wrong review. I get the sense that in the Collab, this will be the purview of older, sager fellows, such as Rem or Josh. Here on the Ethan Lyon account, we go in for film analysis and…

  • Clock Cleaners

    Clock Cleaners

    ★★★½

    4th Ben Sharpsteen (after Fantasia, Pinocchio and Dumbo)

    This will be the last animated film I watch for a while. I was practicing for a tournament, you see, which happened today. It was entirely animated films, and I really needed to get good, like a scrub. And, happily, I won, though not without some serious trying. Thank you to Lillian Crawford for running a wonderful tournament that tested my ability to the max, and it was lovely to see the…

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  • The Dark Crystal

    The Dark Crystal

    ★★★★★

    1st Jim Henson, 2nd Frank Oz (after Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

    Didn't know I had it in me to really love dark fantasy for kids, but evidently I do. I grew up watching The Muppets, so Henson's sense of movement and artistry was already very appealing to me, but transferred to such a universe as the Dark Crystal inhabits it works remarkably well. Yes, in places the puppets for Jen and Kira do move like they've just escaped a Gerry Anderson…

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★½

    1st Katsuhiro Otomo

    NOTE: Watched English dub.

    This was my first real taste of anime. Back when I was 19, this felt impossibly cool and edgy, especially to someone whose exposure to Japanese cinema had been Ghibli and the occasional Kurosawa/Mizoguchi. Watching it after six years, I must say I'm disappointed, for while the moments of sheer exhilaration do remain, they're muddied by elements that have dated badly and some which were there from the beginning. The character of the…