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  • Raffles



    For a heist film from 1939, Raffles is really not that bad at making use of some now-well-too-common suspense techniques which contribute to keeping a sense of mystery all throughout. Watching it surely reminded me of a typical crime flick, with the clichéd zoom-ins and the clichéd sound effects, and I had to remind myself of the year it came out to come to the conclusion that it's all in all pretty innovative in that regard.

    We never get to know…

  • Insidious



    Really, really liked this one. What stood out most for me was James Wan's situational awareness and how he was able to use space as a means of driving fear. There's a handful of scenes in the film where at least three different rooms are clearly filling the frame, with something bound to happen in each one of them. 

    I'm watching the three other movies of this series. For. Sure.

    Tiptoe, by the window, by the window, that is where I'll be
    Come tiptoe through the tulips with me

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