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  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    The release of Jim Jarmusch’s new movie made me decide to finally check off this entry from the Frankenstein Scrapbook, from the Golden Age of made for TV horror. There’s no connection in plot besides the use of zombies (here more the Haitian type rather than Romero flesh eating-corpses); I’m guessing Jarmusch saw it and liked the title. Rather, this is a period movie set in the 1930s (possibly influenced by Chinatown the previous year; like that, this has a…

  • Dillinger

    Dillinger

    ★★★★

    Bonnie and Clyde kicked off a whole cycle of films based on the Depression era outlaws, but none better than John Milius’ directorial debut, Dillinger, starring Warren Oates in the title role. 

    Milius is perhaps the perfect person for this. As a conservative who loved twerking the liberal sensibilities of his liberal peers, he was definitely not one to portray him as a free spirit brought down by The Man who’s like the real criminal, man. And yet he also…

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  • Billy Madison

    Billy Madison

    ★★★★★

    I would be remiss if I let Women’s History Month pass without talking about my favorite movie directed by a woman, Tamra Davies’ Billy Madison. Now you might assume I’m making some sexist joke, claiming my fav female directed film be a critically reviled crude comedy, but I am being completely serious. Billy Madison is a masterpiece, a comedy far above anything by Chaplin or Tati.

    One thing I don’t think many people understand is that this is a parody…

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★

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

    “This was supposed to be the Summer of George!”

    Who’d have thunk it? Godzilla: The Planet Eater was the best new Godzilla film I saw this year. 

    Five years ago, at one of the lowest points in my life, I went to see Godzilla, the first new Godzilla movie in ten years, with high expectations that were then blown away. Many fans disagreed but I recognized it for the masterpiece it was, a somber yet magical monster movie.

    A sequel…