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MoviePhreak

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“He’s coming to get you, Barbara.” - Johnny

Favorite films

  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Fly
  • The Shining
  • An American Werewolf in London

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  • Halloween

    ★★★★

  • Viridiana

    ★★½

  • Man Oh Man

    ★★

  • Poltergeist

    ★★★★★

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    I've never seen a movie quite like this before - and I've seen a hell of a lot of movies. It's minimalist, with muttered dialogue, a discordant score, a confusing plot, but none of that matters because each moment is so brilliantly composed and full of dread and shock. The violence is disturbing in its efficiency and straightforward-ness. Nothing is wasted in any of the shots, and so many brief moments reveal a thousand more stories (the woman on the…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Saw this back in the 70's, when I was a wee child, on a big screen at a revival house. Was kind of bored, didn't get it.

    Flash forward 40 or so years - Regal was showing it in IMAX (I missed the 70mm print at the Cinerama Dome a few months ago) and I was rewarded with no trailers, an Overture, an Intermission, and "The End" followed by 5 minutes of blank screen and the beautiful, strings-and-flutes-a'-blazin' finale of…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

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

    5th time.

    Michael Myers Kill Count:
    1 sister
    2 teenage girls
    1 teenage boy
    2 dogs

    He was just getting started.

  • Viridiana

    Viridiana

    ★★½

    I didn’t fully grasp all the pointed commentary against catholicism and fascism, but I did enjoy the section with the creepy Fernando Rey. As for the beggars, if they could be choosers, they would choose French linen tablecloths and red wine and custard each and every night. And fornication. Don’t forget fornication.

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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

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

    Can’t believe this is only the 2nd time I’ve seen this since watching it in the theater when it was released in 1986. I remembered almost every frame, from the opening white picket fence to the final fake-ass robin on the tree branch. This is Lynch’s masterpiece, and clearly it has been branded into my brain.

    I recalled how creepy and disturbing it was - “Hit me, hit me!” - but I had forgotten all the intentional humor, especially in…

  • Twenty Something

    Twenty Something

    ★★½

    A kind of interesting concept, but it feels long and not one laugh or “feel” - these SparkShorts are real hit or miss.