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King Kong (1933) Review


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There are very few works of cinema that stand up to repeated viewings and decades of changing film mores and audience expectations. Most notable among these is the classic King Kong. While the special effects that really came to symbolize the film look a bit ragged and prehistoric today, they carry an emotional weight that remains unequaled by modern CGI trickery and model work. You can spout off all you like about the wonders of The Lord of the Rings' Gollum but for all his slimy verisimilitude the guy still looks 2-D. There is, of course, a reason for that: He is. Kong wasn't.

Everyone knows King Kong but few people can actually recount the plot of the film he starred in. Perhaps that is because in the ensuing years since the film's release, the plot has become so tried and true, almost hoary, that it no longer registers on the cultural radar. It is simply archetypal.

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The Most Dangerous Game Review


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Early talkie, starring Fay Wray as a damsel in distress, trapped on that infamous mad Russian's island, where humans (including shipwrecked Joel McCrea) are hunted for sport. You read it in high school, now see the original film version of the Richard Connell story, done with impressive effects, moody cinematography, and an unbeatable adventure tale. (Plus: only 62 minutes long!)
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