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For me the biggest reveal was

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This is one of my favorite films of 2013 and I have been impressed with Polley ever since I saw her feature directorial debut, Away From Her. I still haven't seen Take This Waltz, but now I will have to seek it out. I have read a brief plot summary of it and it seems like maybe she got the inspiration for TTW from her personal journey documented in this film.
10 years 5 months ago
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I've basically finished this list. The only things on it I cannot find are Mary (which is really the same film as Murder! but in German) and the two short films, The Fighting Generation and Watchtower Over Tomorrow, which I cannot find anywhere. Maybe they'll end up as special features on a disc somewhere someday, but for now, I've hit a brick wall on these three.

I had so much fun going through this list in chronological order as I was able to watch Hitch develop over his lengthy career. I also watched all the TV episodes that he directed as well. This was the first time I had ever gone through a director's filmography in order and it was so interesting, I have decided to do the same for Orson Welles.
10 years 5 months ago
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My personal favorite film and it has been since I first saw about seven years ago. This is where I sat up and realized the potential and possibilities of film as something that could be artistic and meaningful. After I saw this, it kickstarted my craze over film. Collecting and watching films (at home and in the theater) has become my greatest passion. It opened so many doors for me and I have discovered so many gems. There are certain films where, if I just see a still from the movie, I get overwhelmed with feelings and remembrances. This is one of them for me.
10 years 5 months ago
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The first three seasons are great. Season four was completely forgettable. Hopefully, they can turn that back around now that Dan Harmon has been hired back. It is a little sad that they've lost two of the main cast though.

edit: Season 5 was ok. It wasn't as good as 1-3 and certainly not as bad as 4. I miss the cast they've lost but I am happy that the show got picked up for a 6th season after being canceled.
10 years 5 months ago
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I don't understand people that label a film as being "crap." To look at something, that a group of artists and technicians have poured months or possibly even years of their lives into, and then just label it as "crap" and then dismiss it entirely with such self-righteousness, seems so crazy to me (not to mention extremely lazy film criticism.) There are plenty of films that I do not enjoy or just downright loathe but I understand that they just weren't made for me. I recently watched The Phantom Menace and did not enjoy it and saw many problems with the film but I could still see how someone else could have a good time with it.
10 years 6 months ago
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I remember seeing this in theaters and being so excited to be there. I think I was 15. I loved it.

Then, I went to see it again and then I started to be worried. I went for a third time and fell asleep.

I just saw it for the first time since I was in high school and time has not been good to this film. The CG looks pretty terrible. The acting is wooden and all the comedy relief falls flat. The script is terrible and often the plot is nonsensical. It seems like they just wanted to get you from one set-piece to another, logic be damned.

This movie wasn't made for me at the age I am now. I think I would appreciate it if I was a very young child though.
10 years 6 months ago
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This made strides towards redemption for the series after the extremely frustrating second season. I am actually glad that they used a feature film format rather than a series. It simply seems to work better in this case, in my opinion. I hope to see some more Haruhi someday.
10 years 6 months ago
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I feel like this early horror film is so hugely influential and so many films have repeated parts of its formula that it can be hard to truly evaluate its merits today. Bela Lugosi is great and so are a lot of the sets and the mood that the film generates. It has eerie-ness down pat. Oh, and I really liked the over-the-top Renfield.

I do have some complaints however. Because this is such an early sound film, the sound design is pretty terrible. There are extended moments of complete silence that could have been filled with some kind of musical scoring or sound effects. The moments I am thinking of stand out because it feels like something is missing. They lessen the impact for me.

To back up what other users are saying: Nosferatu is the much better version of the Dracula story.
10 years 6 months ago
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A true Horror masterpiece! This is still one of the scariest films I have ever seen. The only trouble is that this film basically created a new genre in Horror that spawned so many imitators that it can be hard to see what made it so special today as so many aspects of the film have become tropes. If you go into the film with the mindset is that it is 1974 and you have never seen anything like it before, then you will have a much better time.
10 years 6 months ago
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This movie is insane! I love it!

“The blood of these whores is killing me!”

Edit: Seven years later I saw it again and still love this movie. The dialogue is hilarious. Honestly, it’s a bit like The Room or a Bruno Dumont film or something. Literally every spoken line is strange, like an alien wrote it or something.
10 years 6 months ago
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This film is so hyperactive, I could barely follow it. Every scene is filled to the brim with action, movement, distractions, etc. and it all just added up to boredom and apathy. Like others have said the central idea and theme are nice and in the spirit of the holidays, but it is so wrapped up in nonsense that it doesn't do much more than poke through to the surface. They do know that it's ok to slow down every once in a while, right? There is not a single quiet moment in this movie.
10 years 6 months ago
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I really don't understand how this isn't really in any of the big horror or comedy lists. This movie is awesome. I once saw it at a double feature at the New Beverly (theater owned by Quentin Tarantino in L.A.) paired with Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein around Halloween. I and the girl I took had a blast! Don Knotts must be really underrated.
10 years 7 months ago
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Interesting subject and setting, a horror film set in the projects. Of course, a white lady is still the protagonist though, haha. It was pretty good but nothing amazing.
10 years 7 months ago
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Sexy and creepy with amazing black and white photography. I would put it in the same class as Kuroneko which shares the same director. A interesting mix of horror and samurai film.
10 years 7 months ago
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This is the film that basically started the J-Horror craze of the late 90's/early 2000's. I really enjoyed it although the effects were not as great as something that you would see in a Hollywood horror film. At the time of its release it was better than 95 % of the horror junk put out here in the states though. A lot of tension and an interesting ending. It has been too long since I have seen the American remake so I couldn't say which is better.
10 years 7 months ago
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This film was fun although the special effects were pretty cheap. I did enjoy John Ryan as the father of the creature. His character arc was very interesting and acted very well.
10 years 7 months ago
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This film is great! It's my #1 discovery this Halloween season. For the 1950's, the film has great special effects. A man begins to shrink due to being exposed to radiation and has to face challenges and obstacles to survive including being terrorized by a cat and a fight to the death with a tarantula. It also has an interesting ending which I was impressed with. This film is top of the class science fiction with minor horror elements. A whole-hearted recomendation.
10 years 7 months ago
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I had a good time with this. I loved Arthur Kennedy as the police inspector. He plays the perfect asshole and plays a great foil to the obnoxious hippies who star in the film.
10 years 7 months ago
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I know the other commenters did not enjoy this but I thought it was decent. For the 40's it took place in an interesting setting. It also was a bit frightening for its time. It was a little too mystery by the numbers but still pretty entertaining. I haven't seen anything else produced by Lewton but this film probably pales in comparison to some of his more famous films which I will try to check out soon.
10 years 7 months ago
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I had a good time with this. The film wasn't amazing, but it was fun. It was nice to see the beautiful Marilyn Chambers in a mainstream film. It was an interesting idea to make a horror film as an allegory for STD's which were probably a hot topic at the time, although this was a few years before AIDS and HIV appeared so it seems almost ahead of its time because of this.

On a side note it was cool seeing the department stores and streets of 1970's Montreal.
10 years 7 months ago
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I used to be so into Tales From the Crypt when I was growing up. I loved the HBO show and even had some short story books and some reprints of the old EC comics the show was based on. I remember being really excited when I heard they were going to start releasing theatrical movies based on the property and for the most part this film does not disappoint. It has a great villain with Billy Zane and a fun plot with a group of people gathered to fend off an old hotel against a horde of demons. It's good, trashy fun.

The 90's were kind of a strange time in horror. They could have a quasi-religious storyline sprinkled with sex and nudity and nobody would bat an eye. It's a little bit like a Hammer horror film in that way, now that I think about it, but way less classy. Also, the sex present is very 90's: crazy huge, fake boobs and teased-up hair. (Think along the lines of someone like Anna Nicole Smith.) Really ridiculous, actually. Thankfully, that isn't really fashionable in a mainstream way anymore.
10 years 7 months ago
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Hmm... Not real sure why most think is better than 2003's Hulk... There was some stupid stuff going on in that one but at least it wasn't as bland and boring as this one. I do like how they skipped the origin story stuff and got right into the story they wanted to tell though. I just wish it was more interesting. Ed Norton is a great actor but he wasn't really given a chance to act. It's not like the guy has any memorable lines or anything. No wonder he didn't want to reprise the role for Avengers.
10 years 7 months ago
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I agree with Sviggolo on this one. I thought it was likable enough but hard to recommend wholeheartedly.
10 years 8 months ago
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Silly and cheesy but a lot of fun to see all these monsters in the same film. Also, it is short enough where none of the nonsense wears out its welcome.
10 years 8 months ago
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This was a pretty fun little mystery/horror flick. Nothing amazing but it kept you guessing until the end.
10 years 8 months ago

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