Head (1968)

This is the original poster, by the way–or at least some variation on it. The obvious stars and draws (the Monkees!) aren’t on it. That’s kind of appropriate here. I saw this, largely in pieces, earlier in life, on a recorded video alongside other movies, as I often did in those days. I was increasingly […]

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Heist (2001)

It’s funny to think that by 2001, no one had yet named a film simply “Heist” (okay, there’s a forgotten one from 1998, but prior to that, shockingly, none, with a few possible translated exceptions). I suppose it’s kind of a post-modern title–forget being poetic or unusual or unique, just go minimalist and directly descriptive, […]

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House of the Devil (2009)

"Throwback" is a lovely little term that is, er, thrown around quite a lot these days. So are terms like "rip off" and "homage," but at least "throwback" is generally a positive term–at least when describing media. I suppose one could use it condescendingly, but it's typically seen as at least neutral, if not generally […]

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles become a more and more curious subject as time goes on, especially in the circles I run in. I grew up listening to them, and never thought a thing of judging their music. I always liked it, which is no surprise if one knows that the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine is one […]

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The Hustler (1961)

On a search for my last ex-girlfriend’s first alcohol purchase, we stumbled across the Newman’s Own Cabernet Sauvignon. Or rather, I did. I endorsed this repeatedly (as red wine is the only alcohol I happily drink) until she gave in. I noted the quality (for the value, at the least) to folks and was told […]

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Hellraiser (1987)

It's dangerous for me to review this film. Not dangerous in the sense that the world will end, or that the internet might collapse, or even that I will catch a cold. It's dangerous in terms of bias. Hellraiser is very important to me as films go, and that's not a surprise–Clive Barker is my […]

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Hook (1991)

I grew up watching this film many, many times. It wasn’t until over a decade later that I started to learn it was at least considered mediocre if not outright bad–possibly even the worst in Spielberg’s career. I continue to find this relatively confusing, but I tend to find things like that confusing, so perhaps […]

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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Other than King Kong and possibly some of the Lord of the Rings films (some? all? one? none? I can’t recall) this was closer to the last of Peter Jackson’s movies that I viewed. I’m not sure what I expected–a full-fledged fantasy based around true events? A thoroughly dramatic, purely realist tale with Peter Jackson’s […]

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