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I May Destroy You
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One of my favorite movies, ever, if you're going to watch a Dennis Hopper movie in remembrance, I say go with Night Tide. All too hard to come by in movies especially, back in the day, like another big favorite of mine, I Know Where I'm Going!, Night Tide is an essentially realist story in which magic works anyway.
What could have been a cheapie rip on Val Lewton's themes with a slightly Lovecraftian bent becomes, in Curtis Harrington's hands, a full on old school fairy tale, the bloody original kind, for the age of Dick Tracy. Don't show your daughters the Disney Little Mermaid - show them this mermaid movie. You will not be sorry.
So far ahead of the rest of the late craze for alien invasion movies, there's very little chance anybody will ever catch up. The best kind of geeky geek's movie: wearing its influences on its sleeve while being entirely its own, new thing. (If, uh, John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon made The Goonies in 1974 and it was rated R...)
And what a thing it is, as surprising and heartfelt and genuinely engaging as Super 8 wouldn't have been even if Captain Lens Flare the Teevee Wondah hadn't made that bloated homage to homages past, with a stellar young cast and the best soundtrack since Scott Pilgrim, in no small part thanks to Basement Jaxx.