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  • Lugosi: The Dark Prince

    Lugosi: The Dark Prince

    ★★★½

    Though it's edited with tacky transitions and music, Lugosi: The Dark Prince is much more interesting than most throwaway documentary pieces on his career. It delves further into his past than just scratching the surface with Dracula and it understands the beauty of his poverty row films. The interview subjects, mostly historians, are generally informative and engaging. It's especially fun hearing from Joe Dante and Richard Gordon. Gordon gives us a brief glimpse into Lugosi's British theatre run and his…

  • The Black Cat

    The Black Cat

    ★★★

    There's an endless supply of asshole-family-seeking-inheritance-get-killed-off-one-by-one-in-a-spooky-house films and The Black Cat is a mildly enjoyable one. It's decently shot. There's some cool imagery. There's lots of cats. There's twists. There's hangings and stabbings. There's Bela Lugosi being utterly fucking wasted as was the way in 1941. (It doesn't help matters that Lugosi has already been in a significantly better movie also titled The Black Cat.) Ultimately though, this is watchable. Except for Hugh Herbert's awful antique assessor character. Every moment Herbert is onscreen made me want to scream. The Black Cat is a waste of time, but I've seen worst wastes of time.

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…