Touch of Evil [Restored Cut] (1958)

Anachronistically, I forever find myself singing the Judas Priest song whenever I think of this movie. Of course, timing aside, this makes no sense: the Priest song is intensely sexual, which is not really relevant here. But the mind does as it will. Nonsensical associations aside, this is hardly an obscure film. I’d heard of […]

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蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

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Taps (1981)

“Tom Cruise in his second film role!” a sticker proudly proclaims on the 25th anniversary release of this film. It seems to have been added later, possibly to push sales of the film by riding the name of the biggest star of the lot. Sort of a shame, because the film has some better actors […]

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Total Recall (1990)

When I was younger and this had come out, it was forever “the movie with the woman with three breasts.” Most jokes made about it these days seem to reference this, too (or maybe they were just the only ones I got prior to seeing it…), though there was also the Fangoria cover that showed […]

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Twilight (2008)

Working in a bookstore, with bookstore employees, I wrote off Stephenie Meyer’s books like everyone else. In the lead up to the release of the fourth and final book (Breaking Dawn), however, I decided someone in the store ought to have read them all, so I did just that. I read them in about four […]

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The Toxic Avenger, Part II (1989)

I watched all three of the Toxic Avenger movies (ok, there are four now, but at the time…) many times, though the sequels had to be rented so my viewings of them were fewer and further between. They’re often trashed or denigrated, but I still fondly remember seeing the posters for them at the tiny […]

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Three Kings (1999)

When I still believed in such things, I watched this a while ago on some movie channel as a “guilty pleasure,” but found myself completely sucked in. Later, when the director of all plays at my high school endorsed it without provocation (she typically a fan of, say, Bogart, but having, I later learned, a […]

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There Will Be Blood (2007)

I’ve seen this movie twice now, once in the theatre (where I missed about two minutes at the beginning–which, plot wise, are easy to figure out, I discovered, and have no nuance on the front of situation to be missed) and once on DVD. I saw it each time with companion viewers, once coworkers and […]

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