The L Magazine
Blood Diner (1987)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
"The psycho Santa embodies Reagan-era conservatism, then at its peak, mocking the strict discipline of compassionless, law-and-order, moral-policing reactionaries...If the Gipper was post-Carter America's Santa Claus, he was also its Krampus. "
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
"There's some pleasure to be had from its misguided spectacle...but only if you embrace the mystery rather than try to define it, which is true, really, of all of Lynch's work. Surrealism isn't meant to be sorcerered into making sense. "
River's Edge (1987)
"Like a typical high school comedy under extreme duress...interrogates a suburban generation that's either numb or nasty, born of the 60s' failed idealism...about a boy who has to betray his hometown to do right by the world. And by himself. "
Pet Sematary (1989)
Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)
"The Stanford prison experiment never felt more relevant...This is how the conditions are created for both Rikers Island and Staten Island; correctional officers aren't so different from police: from New York to Ferguson, Baltimore to Cleveland. "
The Stepfather (1987)
Heaven Knows What (2015)
After Hours (1985)
Altered States (1980)
"Nostalgic but not naive, celebrating not jingoism or violence but certain American characteristics, embodied by each of the characters, that did approach greatness: pluck, know-how, and rock-n-roll attitude. "
God Told Me To (1976)
"Grimy and off-the-rails, an overlooked masterpiece, a thinking man's grindhouse picture that fuses the religious-crisis pretensions of a Great Novel with the tawdry horror tropes of a Times Square also-ran. "
In Cold Blood (1967)
It Follows (2015)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
"Her three suitors seem to represent different facets of black identity, and her spurning of all three feels like a defiant rejection not only of being pigeonholed but also of pigeonholing the black experience. "
Queen and Country (2015)
"Once more unto the breach for writer-director John Boorman, who revisits the semiautobiographical characters from his superb WWII dramedy Hope and Glory in the beautifully bittersweet Queen and Country. "
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Big Eyes (2014)
Taken 3 (2015)
Wild Card (2015)
The Humbling (2015)
Black or White (2015)
Seventh Son (2015)
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Beat the Devil (1953)
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1973)
Head over Heels (1979)
"There's a sense that Amirpour is too in thrall to her influences and not fully in control of her effects (too many pregnant pauses between characters that don't suggest unspoken depths of feeling so much as actors uncertainly stranded). "
A Reflection of Fear (1973)
"The persistently unsettling mood is established by the graceful movements and artful placements of the camera, which alternately creeps and hangs back, though the icy affect and intimations of incest also help. "
The King of Comedy (1983)
Julius Caesar (1953)
A Tale of Springtime (1992)
"It's not really the religious stuff that does the film in - though the combination of fantasy and allegory does have the presumably unintended effect of making belief systems in general seem downright hallucinatory. "
The Love Guru (2008)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
The Last Song (2010)