When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

I’ve known this film for its central, oft-referenced (including by me, in the days leading up to finally watching it!) conceit: that “men and women can’t be friends”. I’m not such a pedant or purist that I’d disregard the entire film from my anecdotal disproval of what is realistically a general rule, but occasionally treated […]

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

There are a handful of movies that have followed me for something closer to the majority of my life–some that reach back to before I can recall, and others that appear after watershed moments and from then on. Hellbound is from the latter group: in my “true” youth–single digits, and perhaps a bit past–I couldn’t […]

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Trading Places (1983)

Finally knocked another off the list of movies that people find it odd that someone with my taste hasn’t seen. Considering my appreciation for a lot of John Landis films, my appreciation of 80s Aykroyd and Murphy, and tendency to have seen a lot of the most popular 1980s comedies around…well, this one really did […]

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Doomsday (2008)

I’d seen Dog Soldiers but not The Descent when I decided to see Doomsday in theatres (why did I never notice Neil Marshall’s “D” fascination here?). I remembered broadly enjoying it and not agreeing with the negative sentiments that seemed to follow in its immediate theatrical wake, while having the separate feeling that one particular […]

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The Point (1971)

Somewhere in my perpetual top ten of films–which is based entirely on my personal feelings, and zero on some sort of “objective” or “global” scale–I’ve seen this one dozens upon dozens of times: I grew up with it recorded on VHS after Transformers: The Movie (1986), which I was told was basically to bait me […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

I’ve clearly gone down the rabbit hole entirely at this point, when it comes to slashers. I broke on both series that I tried to be judicious and selective on (Halloween and Friday the 13th, or, for that matter, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and random titles I knew nothing about except that they were […]

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The Set-Up (1949)

Once upon a time, physical releases of films were more prevalent in a different way–new films released to DVD that never saw VHS, in a market that worked unlike most others before. Cinephiles joining up via the internet, archives re-opening, and a pre-set generation ready to watch films at their leisure rather than per programming […]

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Gremlins (1984)

I couldn’t quite tell you how many times I’ve seen this one. It’s an inordinate number, though. For whatever reason, despite being born the year it came out, I’m not part of the group that found it utterly terrifying as a child. Sure, the image of that syringe–re-written in my youthful brain as a cross […]

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