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Debt to Cinema 092: The Stepfather (1987)

If you’ve never seen this one, you owe it to yourself to watch it as counter programming on Father’s Day like we did. Such a smart script, an even better monster, and the scariest true tale there ever was without being terrifying on screen #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 091: The Mummy (1932)

Let’s be honest, with the never ending recycle process entertainment goes through, one block of original/remake tandems wasn’t going to last long. Steve apologized in advance for not picking the Universal monster incarnation, but seeing 1999’s/the release of Dark Universe made me want to see the origin of their only true original franchisee #SilverDollar

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Debt to Cinema 090: The Mummy (1999)

Of their many monsters, Universal has seemed most interested in keeping The Mummy alive forever. Between this weekend’s Dark Universe re-reboot with Tom Cruise, the original Karloff features, and of course this debt, Stephen Sommer’s turn of the century swashbuckling, treasure seeking, adventure that kicked off a trilogy, it appears opening the sarcophagus is always a good idea #DimeADozen

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Debt to Cinema 089: In the Mood for Love

Anyone who has held a camera knows glass, heaven forbid mirrors, should be avoided at all costs, and yet this acclaimed piece of Hong Kong art cinema lives within the reflections and obscurities melted sand lends to our perception of the world. I go back and forth on the why’s, landing on the nostalgic framing structure Steve missed, for this painting come to life of an era and country that have since come to pass #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 088: Infernal Affairs

This episode is a bit of a throwback, primarily as a recall to 2006’s Best Picture winner, The Departed, but also to our remake series earlier this year. The Hong Kong blockbuster, while largely reproduced for American audiences, packages deeper questions in a quicker runtime, making viewing it as a point of origin necessary #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 087: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

Following how grueling The Tribe’s abortion scene is, and my mentioning this film during its breakdown, I felt Mother’s Day was a natural fit for a film where another unwanted pregnancy is central to the story. However, like Catwoman before it, this Palme d’Or winner’s secret weapon isn’t the long takes, or atmosphere, but window into womanhood it offers #SilverDollar

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Debt to Cinema 086: The Tribe

Despite how long cinema has been around, deaf/mute societies are one of the few worlds we rarely gain access to. This Ukranian, festival darling not only takes us into one with deft camerawork, but also a matching lack of dialogue. Please experience this neo-silent film for yourself (its on Netflix) before joining our discussion, because this is a unique beast that you shouldn’t have ruined #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 085: Howard the Duck

Always a fan of seeing the worser things in cinema, I’d been meaning to get around to this culturally aborted Lucasfilm/Marvel bomb. As a fan of Waterworld, or better yet, Bio-Dome, how bad could it be? The premise and talent makeup sound quacktastic, but this bizarre, 1980s failure, despite bright moments, is far from being a campy romp.

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Debt to Cinema 084: The Conversation

As a film criticism outlet based almost entirely on the power of conversation, especially via the internet, this Palme d’Or winner raises timeless questions about the privacy of our off-air moments and the type of people possibly listening in. To say this unsung Francis Ford Coppola thriller is great is doing it a disservice by word association, you seriously have to watch this one (or perhaps let it watch you) #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 083: Bio-Dome

Given that I picked Cheech and Chong last year for 4/20, Steve naturally thought this Pauly Shore vehicle was my stoner duo follow up, but Bio-Dome is through and through a celebration of Earth Day. I strongly defend this “worst film of all time” nominee in the episode and challenge any critic, or wannabe, to listen to my thoughts and give this underrated Generation X, buddy comedy a shot.