Tarantino mourns the loss of cinema's glossiness in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, bridging nostalgia and honesty through fiction.
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A minor blip in Universal's catalog, Horror Island makes for fast, light viewing that's ultimately too inoffensive to write off.
Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi headline, but 1941's The Black Cat is more a murder comedy routine starring Universal regular Hugh Herbert.
Lon Chaney Jr.'s stint as an electrically-imbued mutation in Man Made Monster follows the Universal formula, but with updates for a contemporary time.
While marginally successful when dabbling with workplace sexism, Killer Crocodile 2's brazen horror doesn't show the care of the original.
There's no hiding from Killer Crocodile's knock-off quality, but the Italian flick stages a fun social dynamic between environmentalists and hunters.
Released on the eve of the US involvement in World War II, Tower of London warns of those seeking power, and those who willingly assist.
While the sentimentality for a lost era of heroism is great, the execution of Jake Speed is muddled, ponderous, and desperate for charisma.
A riotous class satire, Ready or Not brings pitch black humor to a story of rich versus poor through a clever script.
Michael Gough tries as an impossibly evil scientist, but Konga rates as one of the dopiest big ape movies in its attempt to play things straight.
Kubrick's The Shining doubles as a paranormal horror movie, but works best in its depiction of domestic abuse and the isolation it causes.
A flawless encapsulation of America's 60s and the profound change, The Graduate depicts a generation faced with uncertainty.