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  • The Babadook
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Game
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    ★★★★

  • In Search of Darkness: Part III

  • Blacula

    ★★★

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★★½

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  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★★

    Everybody smoking cigarettes, walking with fire at the end of a short leash. Over saturated dance hall red, the heat of burning orange-red fire, the madness of too much red lipstick. Matches light with the sound of a jet taking off from a runway. Life and death by fire. Face-first on the hot desert ground, face-first into the toilet. The stench of morning sickness with the sweetness of a candy necklace. Burning guilt and cooling forgiveness. Melt the witch with ice. Roads jammed with car accidents but we’ll have peace amid the spilled blood. Turning ever towards love with a busted nose.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    The L.A. skyline at night an ocean, the lights iridescent ocean life, Neil and Vincent two sharks unable to stop moving. 

    “L.A. the city of lights. In Fiji they have these iridescent algae that come out once a year in the water—it looks like L.A. at night.” — Neil

    Neil’s nightmare of drowning. L.A. like an ocean with its wide open spaces—freeways, airports, parking lots, shipping yards—and yet the pressure threatens an implosion. Mann shows us plenty of escape routes…

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  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    ★★★★

    Was having a perfectly nice time with a charming and adequate found footage movie and then got one of the biggest scares I’ve experienced in recent memory. There was the shit-just-got-real moment—that wasn’t the big scare. That had to come eventually. But afterwards two characters leave the hospital to retreat to their camp and get lost, and one of them gives such a shocking performance of possession unlike anything I’ve seen before “cptcptcptcptcptcptcptcpt.” It was 1 hour and 15 of good…

  • In Search of Darkness: Part III

    In Search of Darkness: Part III

    I’m just here for the title card graphics of old vhs cover art.

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  • Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

    ★★★½

    Chocolate for breakfast, midnight margaritas, and cursed pancakes: Practical Magic is sweet, care-free, and unashamedly bad for your teeth. 

    Where it’s overly-saccharine, it’s truly earnest. When it’s hilariously light on external conflict, it’s just a cozy fall hangout film. And where this mixed drink makes absolutely no sense (literal cop magic?!?), the characters still arrive where they deserve to by the end. It’s less practical magic than convenient magic, but we’re singing and laughing so who cares! The male characters…

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★★½

    [Tommy pushing a literal Sisyphean rock to finally kill Jason] “It’s too bad this healthy routine has to end, there’s so much benefit to reliving my trauma!” 







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