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    Episode 84: RE-ANIMATOR

    It's a damn fine taco indeed.
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    Episode 84: RE-ANIMATOR

    A big YES for me. I had a feeling this wasn't going to go in (and it's still early, so I'm holding out hope). I don't agree with "this is like Evil Dead 2" argument. I've always considered this a pretty unique film, fun, but also filled with things that make you think (man playing god, bringing a loved one back from the dead, etc.). And while I would vote for Bride of Re-Animator, I could see that not getting in. I'm perplexed on so many No votes.
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    Your Indulgence Picks

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    Episode 79: THE USUAL SUSPECTS

    I have to agree that this film still holds up on re-watch. The latter make it fun to watch, as you discover something new. I'll actually have to check it out from the Pete Postlethwaite as Keyser Soze angle. And yeah, I think that besides this, and Apt Pupil, Singer's other films don't hold up.
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    Episode 77: SEVEN

    I could swear that Somerset reads an excerpt from John Doe's journal that talks about having migraines, and the pain from having a mundane conversation on the subway with a man. I might be misremembering. It's a Yes for me, and while I see Amy's points, it almost rang as if she doesn't like the movie because it's popular. I've always viewed it like Alien, b-movie subject matter elevated by its director.
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    Episode 71: SLACKER

    I was honestly prepared to vote No before listening to the episode. I remember appreciating the film when I first watched it but it didn't stick with me. Listening to Amy & Devin talk about the film brought back the memory of the things I enjoyed about it on that viewing. It's also a yes based on its effect on 90s cinema, and if we have Clerks in the Canon then this certainly deserves a spot.
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    Episode 70: BATMAN v SUPERMAN

    I had to go with Superman. This was a hard one for sure, as I think both films are pretty iconic for the times in which they were released. I grew up with Superman and Superman II as two of my favorite films and then by 1989 I got to add Batman to the mix. And like most of the comments have stated, I think Donner had a real love for the character, and I also think it's great that we got a film that works as well as it does considering that the Producers of the film rushed Donner to finish the first (I've always dug that they shot the majority of 1 and 2 concurrently with one another). Not to mention that I think that all of the principal actors performances in Superman still hold up over 35 years later, while I also agree that Basinger's performance as the female lead has never sat well with me (don't get me started on Wuhl). I get that out of the two, Superman definitely moves at a slower pace compared to Batman. But much like Amy said, everytime I watch Batman, it diminishes in quality, especially considering that better Batman films were made after it.
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    Episode 69 - The Christs

    First off, loved the episode. I voted for Last Temptation, and honestly, that was my pick before I heard the episode but thought that I might hear something that might dissuade me from doing so (you never know with Devin and Amy, which is one of the reasons I love this show). My issue is that if Christ's story were not as well known in our Western Culture, that Passion wouldn't work because it's bare on characterization, and the motivation is razor thin as to why they are crucifying Christ. I remember telling my brother that it felt like a film that is entirely the third act of another, longer film but that this is all we are shown. So, in my mind, it was hard to care for why (even though I knew) they were doing this to him. Last Temptation on the other hand, not only shows the external motivation, but gives us that internalization of the struggle of someone who is both man and God. Not to mention that when he says, "It is accomplished," and the film stock goes into the "crazy" colors of overexposure it sent shivers down my spine the first time I saw it (I bought the Criterion DVD after having read Scorsese on Scorsese, and seeing the struggle to get the film made). Sorry for the long winded post, just some of my thoughts. As a weird side-note, I remember really liking the cinematography on Passion, and that was about it. I always found it fascinating that Caleb Deschanel (who shot Passion) is the father of Zooey, and Emily, and was one of the original members of American Zoetrope.