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  • Landscape in the Mist
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Still Walking
  • Brief Encounter

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★

  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

  • Fellini Satyricon

    ★★★½

  • The Mummy Returns

    ★½

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★

    Second half of a Universal monsters double feature and definitely the weaker of the two after loving The Invisible Man. Outside of that fascinating romantic subtext that Del Toro turned literal in The Shape of Water and impressive underwater photography there's not much I loved here. What's interesting is that the monster itself is not even what dates this the most (and it's a guy in a rubber suit!)- the repetitive music sting makes this play like a comedy sometimes…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Honestly a blast and not for the reasons I was expecting. With any of these Universal monster movies I think the expectation is to occasionally laugh AT them and not with them - charmingly lofi special effects and old-fashioned sensibilities mashed up with that loaded word "horror" does not always work as originally intended. In this case though it is as much a comedy as it is a horror film in a planned way that we had so much fun…

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Thanks to Criterion Channel (and Arbelos for the wonderful restoration) I have finally tackled a "white whale" of world cinema: Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr's seven and a half hour slow cinema masterpiece Sátántangó. It is a film that demands your complete focus and that you don't think about focusing, not necessarily an easy place to get. If you can get yourself in that mindset and stay there it is capable of inducing a cinematic trance unlike anything I've experienced.

    Tarr…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    Anyone else heard of this little indie? The biggest blindspot I've tackled since Saving Private Ryan, Alfonso Cuarón's lauded 2006 scifi Children of Men is one I'd put off for way too long. I had seen the scene coming in but was delighted to find that the power of it was not diminished and that the film held plenty of surprises. What stands out right away is the world building which surpasses similar apocalyptic films with lazy "news footage exposition"…