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  • Humanoids from the Deep

    Humanoids from the Deep

    ★★★½

    The decision to for them to close out this season of The Last Drive-In with Roger Corman on hand was nothing short of genius.

    Not only is it still a delight to see that he's still as sharp as ever, but his films - and these two in particular - spark a very specific vein of enthusiasm for the possibilities of the genre that should sustain us all in the dark, empty months until The Last Drive-In returns (I hope!).

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    I watch this about once a year at this point, and that isn't nearly often enough.

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★★

    Before it takes a turn into its severely grim final act, this is a surprisingly nimble, endearingly well-cast riff on The Searchers. Of course, that turn is so sharp and so complete that it leads to my one quibble with the film - that it doesn't quite prepare the audience for where it's going to go. Granted, a lot of people are coming into this thinking "cannibal western, all right" but I'm willing to bet most won't have that knowledge,…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★★

    An unparalleled work of cinematic exuberance that finds Raimi exhausting just about every cinematic technique imaginable to craft a wickedly comic sequel/pseudo-remake that somehow still retains the atmosphere of menace the original Evil Dead managed to conjure. This remains a staggering display of big-picture filmmaking, the comedy and horror intertwined in a way that never feels cheap or disingenuous. This is a master class in tonal management, as marvelous for what was conjured in the moment on-set - the performances…