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  • Safety Last!

    Safety Last!

    ★★★★

    2021 Criterion Challenge Film 2/52: Silent Film

    "I'm Harold Lloyd, and this is Jackass."

    It all mostly comes down to the final sequence of Lloyd scaling the building, but it's a great sequence!

  • Village of the Damned

    Village of the Damned

    ★★½

    I dig the tone and how it feels like it would be right at home among the original Twilight Zone episodes. Unfortunately, it also feels like one of the more middling episodes of that series. For how short this is, it takes a long time to get going and spends too much of its time trying to answer questions that I think detract from the overall mystery and suspense. Maybe if it was structured a bit non-linearly some of these…

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  • Who's the Top?

    Who's the Top?

    ★★★★

    I watched this with director Jennie Livingston sitting like a foot away from me.

  • The Grandmother

    The Grandmother

    Anyone who dropped acid and saw this in 1970 is braver than the troops.