An Education (2009)

I had two free passes to the local arthouse styled theatre that were running out Monday, so I decided to go see whatever the heck was showing. One film was House of the Devil, a throwback horror film that I truly loved, the other was a film that I thought sounded like the kind I […]

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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

The random decision to pick up Streets of Fire was based in Walter Hill's other work and its vague relation to The Warriors. I ended up liking it a lot more, so when I wandered across Eddie and the Cruisers and saw that it starred Michael Paré, who starred in Streets, I was suddenly more […]

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El Espinazo del Diablo [The Devil’s Backbone] (2001)

"¿Qué es un fantasma?" This question opens Guillermo del Toro's first foray into melding the Spanish Civil War with supernatural elements, later continued with El Laberinto del Fauno. Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is an orphaned old boy near the end of the Civil War, taken by his "tutor" to an orphanage in a desert portion of […]

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eXistenZ (1999)

I often spend time watching movies thinking about what to write in the review afterward (it can often take me a half hour or more as is, so I like to have something in mind, even if it’s disparate chunks to be assembled later–not that I don’t end up incoherent anyway) and I spent part […]

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The Emperor’s Club (2002)

There are a handful of films that almost everyone, or at least a large number of people, in my generation like, appreciate, love or even worship. Two amongst them–bear with me, I might seem off my rocker for a moment here–are The Dead Poets Society and American History X. If you’ve seen this film and […]

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Eraserhead (1977)

Let’s get the obvious out of the way for people who’ve read many of my reviews of any kind of surrealist film: generally speaking, I hate David Lynch films. Blue Velvet put me to sleep out of sheer boredom. Mulholland Drive put me to sleep, but I woke up and watched it from the beginning […]

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Empire of the Sun (1987)

I ignored this movie for a long time, thinking the title was vaguely familiar and that was about it. I eventually noted it was a Steven Spielberg film and my interest increased minimally, but not enough to draw me to even add it to a wishlist of desired viewing. I even found out the main […]

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Eye for an Eye (1996)

While I’m always a sucker for a good revenge film (of the classic, clichéd, generic mold even) this is a definite exception. I read nasty reviews of it, many of them, such as Roger Ebert calling it disgustingly manipulative. Well, while most of the time I comment on his reviews to call attention to his […]

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Enter the Dragon (1973)

I’ve never really seen a “Kung Fu” film before, and this sseemed a good enough place to start as it’s an American production clearly filmed to appear in English. It appears it was filmed “Italian style,” though with the actors lip-synching so that their later ADR (DR, really…) will match the movements of their mouths–though […]

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Escape from L.A. (1996)

So, I avoided it for a number of years, thinking it would be overblown Michael Bay cheeseball action. I was rather wrong it seems. There was a vein of (albeit somewhat obvious) social and political commentary that was somewhat surprising, but also Snake seemed more like the Snake that Snake should be, and his lines […]

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