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  • Vampyr
  • The Black Cat
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
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  • Asphalt

    ★★★★

  • Pandora's Box

    ★★★★½

  • Diary of a Lost Girl

    ★★★★½

  • Sumurun

    ★★★

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  • Asphalt

    Asphalt

    ★★★★

    Incredibly dynamic and modern feeling, though the she used her magic vagina powers on me and ruined my life trope is wearing a little thin with me. Else Heller is very effective as the enchanting diamond thief, and plays the role with a doomed fatalism, and in fact she died the year after this film was made. Some real wow-inducing technical bravura in Joe May's camera work, and some very impressive crowd scenes. Although it's strengths are mainly in the first half, Asphalt is definitely a remarkable film in the late-silent canon.

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    ★★★★½

    In some ways less effective for me than Diary of a Lost Girl, partly due to it's length, and partly its downward spiral nature. I didn't realize at first that Lulu is the Lulu, and the story is the same as Alban Berg's opera. But leaving out some of the malicious aspects of Louise Brooks' character that were in the original Lulu stories, and later in Berg's opera, Lulu comes across as a much different character. But overall this is a stunning film, beyond just the achingly hypnotic gaze of Louise Brooks.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    A perfectly silly Robin Hood-esque parody; with silly wordplay, silly songs, silly sight gags, and lot's of colorfully costumed little people. Danny Kaye is delightful and charming, Glynis Johns makes my knees wobble, and it's mid-50's Technicolor is gorgeous. Delightful family fun.