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  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    ★★★★

    80

    As with M, Fritz Lang showcases another unforgettable use of sound in its infancy. The crime thriller as a mechanical perpetual evil on the verge of expansion. Opening scene is an all-timer.

  • The Sign of the Cross

    The Sign of the Cross

    ★★★★

    75

    Mostly a puritanical exercise in Christian perseverance, but madman Cecil B. DeMille always found time for debauchery. This is one naughty Sunday School special. The Sign of the Cross not only features an incredibly horny cast dressed up in decadent costumes but also a highlight reel of exotic animals killing Christians in a gladiator arena in the climax. Elephants stepping on heads, gorillas and alligators assaulting women, and countless angry lions. And I didn't even mention Claudette Colbert bathing in milk. Absolutely deranged, a total Pre-Code wonder.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    15

    Disney/Lucasfilm Headquarters. Int. Day.

    Rian Johnson: Oh, hey, JJ!

    JJ Abrams: Hi Rian, how's it going?

    RJ: Great! I just wanted to say that really enjoyed my time making The Last Jedi. It was so exciting to craft a personal film with Disney money. And everyone at Lucasfilm approved it right away because Episode 7 left me with a bunch of mystery-box ideas and set-up that wasn't going to lead anywhere. Who directed that one again?

    JJ: Me. I…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    92

    [Removed by admins.]

    Letterboxd didn't approve of my original review wishing for the return of The Basterds and the swift, brutal end of fascism in 2019 America so here's this:

    MOVIE GOOD.

    NAZIS BAD.