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  • Magnolia
  • Blade Runner
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Heroes of the East

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  • Madame Tutli-Putli

    ★★★★

  • The House

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks

    ★★★½

  • Them

    ★★★

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★★

    Nexus Studios' anthology film The House asks three female stop-motion writer-directors to us the same house in each of their shorts and the results are gloriously weird, though the marketing is wrong to imply it's the same house in different eras, as if a multi-generational story. In each case, renovations are a theme, a metaphor for upward mobility, trying to change your life, and though the third short is more hopeful, generally drawing dark conclusions about such an endeavor. All…

  • Them

    Them

    ★★★

    Other than it happening to a French couple in Romania, there's ultimately little to make Ils (Them) stand apart from dozens of house invasion horror films. Romania does afford an interesting location for the climax, strange underground tunnels that apparently triggered actress Olivia Bonamy's claustrophobia. And the conceit of having the invaders initially never speak, and manifested as weird noises and dancing flashlights was a good one, but ruined by the third act reveal that should have been a separate…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    In pre-show interviews, Robert Eggers said this of The Lighthouse, that he wanted to make another film about misery, but this time make it a comedy. I joked that if this was going to be a comedy, it would be like that one Ingmar Bergman comedy (Secrets of Women). And I didn't know how right I was (though as a horror film, it also has shades of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf). There are funny moments in it, as might…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Can you believe I had never seen the original Halloween before? Well, it's true. Though Psycho is the granddaddy of the slasher film, Halloween is foundational to the genre, essentially the spark that lit the fire of a craze, and set up many of the tropes we associate with slasher flicks. What is most intriguing is that despite its fingerprints being all over the movies to come, it is also very distinctively UNLIKE its imitators. No jump scares, for one…