Tim Daugherty

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly underrated by the Letterboxd community (it currently has a 2.4 average), and I’m not sure why. The title makes it pretty clear where this is going so I'm not sure what people were expecting.

    I love that Bekmanbetov places all this ridiculous vampire mayhem into the context of real events and people…and mostly gets the chronology and characterizations correct. No, this isn’t “Team of Rivals: The Policital Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, but it does…

  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    ★★★½

    One thing jumped out at me while blazing through From Dusk ’til Dawn, Desperado, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. These all FEEL like movies made by someone who donated his body to medical experiments just so he could raise $7K to buy crappy 16mm film stock to make a no-budget movie with his friends.

    Today with $7K you could go to Best Buy and get a decent 4K camera and laptop with built-in movie editing software. You can…

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  • Relic

    Relic

    ★★★★½

    One of my favorite aspects of Kubrick's Shining was that his portrayal of Jack Torrance was always grounded in the idea he could just be an alcoholic abusive father. Whether the Overlook Hotel is haunted or not is secondary to the real monster within. Dads can be scary. The Babadook gave Mom an equal opportunity to be wacko before passing the baton to Hereditary. Recently The Lodge works in similar themes. Maybe there's something supernatural going on, or maybe not....sometimes…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★★

    I was going to say “I never played the video game”, but actually who gives a shit. Movies should work independent of their source inspiration whether it’s a novel, comic book, video game, or scribbles on a bar napkin. If I need to have played a video game to understand or appreciate a movie adaption then it failed…

    But I thought this was great fun! It beat watching the dour and gloomy Academy Awards for sure. That I chose to…