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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas


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

    I remembered that Bob Clark leans on the suffocated girl's corpse pretty heavily for scares from my previous viewing of the film, so this time I counted. He cuts to her nine times! Part of that is due to structural issues. The second kill in this slasher film doesn't happen until 45 minutes in, so for a long time the cuts back to the corpse are the only source of tension. (And for the first couple times, on first viewing…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life


    I have to laugh sometimes when I read the reviews of aggrieved kids who freak out about George never getting to leave Bedford Falls— “He never got to escape his shitty cowtown! This movie’s so negative!”

    George learned to build bridges between people instead of things. That’s much more important.

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  • Maniac


    It is because of the disasterous results of fear thought not only on the individual but on the nation, that it becomes the duty of every sane man and woman to establish quarantine against fear. Fear is a psychic disease which is highly contagious and extraordinarily infectious. Fear thought is most dangerous when it parades as forethought. Combat fear by replacing it with faith. Resist worry with confidence.

    Just jawdroppingly bad acting and direction. (The mad scientist’s Bela Lugosi impression…

  • Joe Bob Briggs: Dead In Concert

    Joe Bob Briggs: Dead In Concert


    Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In was a formative book for me as a young film fan, but a lot of the humor in it is cringe-inducingly privileged even though I think John Bloom is on the side of the angels most of the time. It especially comes out here as he runs through his greatest hits from the column and it becomes apparent looking at him just how young and callow he was when he was writing all that…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly


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

    I think it’s the best thing Cronenberg ever did, the counterpoint to Videodrome’s depiction of what it’s like to fall apart from the inside. There’s so much about Brundlefly’s plight that I can personally relate to, but the hardest part for me to watch has always been the attack on Stathis at the end. It’s so horrifyingly brutal that I’m always a little afraid to watch The Fly no matter how many times I see it.

    I do wonder what…

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead


    The first time I ever saw this, I was in my early teens. I watched it alone at home on some fall night. Somehow I wasn't spoiled on the plot, even though I'd read a little about it and had seen some production stills at some point, so I had a basic idea going in that there was a farmhouse under siege by walking corpses that could be held at bay by fire. Something about Ben's struggles in the farmhouse…