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  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

    ★★★

    Another serviceable Hammer-Frankenstein film. Solid, but unremarkable. The only differences in story is the location of an insane asylum with creepy looking crazies and an unfulfilled beauty and the beast concept. Since this was made in the 70's, the film stock looks different than previous films and there's a bit more gore.

    Even though the character has been inconsistent throughout the films, it was nice to see how Cushing has evolved physically as Frankenstein over the years.

    I couldn't help…

  • Frankenstein Created Woman

    Frankenstein Created Woman

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this story more than the other films and I've seen 5 in the series so far. Engaging characters, interesting sci-fi concepts, a sympathetic love story and an effective revenge story. The only drawback was that this film felt more like an episode made for television. The production looked smaller in scale. Cushing's Frankenstein, while still satisfyingly dickish was not villainous in any way and there's little violence shown onscreen.

    Exceptional performances by Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    If you ever wanted to see David Fincher direct a Lifetime Network murder-mystery, this is it. Perfectly cast, including Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry, surprisingly. Of course, the female cast was impeccable with Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. But, I found the male casting particularly interesting. Fincher selected male actors that have real life public personas that are or have been "unlikeable" like Affleck and Perry. He also chose male supporting actors that usually play sensitive and emasculated…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★★

    Looper is the perfect example of creating an original film that was inspired by a classic one. James Cameron's The Terminator has better action. Rian Johnson's Looper has better drama. It's ironic that Emily Blunt's character is named Sarah, very much like Sarah Connor.

    Like the original Terminator, this was a low budget sci-fi film. Yet, the production design, photography and editing are top notch. The performances were fantastic, especially the young Pierce Gagnon. If I have one nitpick, it's…