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  • Dead or Alive 2: Birds
  • Throw Down
  • The Samurai
  • Just Before Dawn

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  • Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

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  • Saw III

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  • Saw II

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  • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

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    I adore this sad, lonely, kind-hearted film. Vincent is a vein of cold white death streaking from point to point across L.A., uncaring, unconcerned, yet with an odd philosophical manner. He's impenetrable not because he's made of stone but because he's something like a rockfall. Heavy, sudden, heartless. Despite this he doesn't defy understanding. There's simply not much to understand.

    Max meanwhile is a mine of information and person-hood and warmth and passion. He's never even considered the nihilistic views…

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

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    How did Kirsty feel when she slipped on Julia's skin? Did she step into it one foot at a time, zipping it up at the back like a jumpsuit? Or did it react in some mindless way and mold itself to her, vacuum packing its new contents, barbarous and sickenly eager? And did she feel some phantom pain when Tiffany inadvertently degloved her? Or was it more like shedding a soaked wetsuit, so the acid smoky air down in Hell…

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  • Dune

    Dune

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    It's well established that filmmakers can make very big things look very cool. What seems to be the real challenge, and one that Villeneuve either doesn't get or doesn't care for, is directing the humans that give the medium the emotional weight around those very big things -- whether it be huge desert worms or brutal architechture or just lots and lots of sand -- in a way that doesn't drown or negate the human factor in favour of spectacle.…

  • Just Before Dawn

    Just Before Dawn

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The woods breed superstition -- not for any supernatural reason but because they're genuinely full of weird shit, and you probably wouldn't know just how much unless you've spent any time in them. Five young city kids in a van venturing into the Oregonian backwoods to check out a property wouldn't have any idea at all -- it's not just the serial killers, it's all the other demons too. God's creatures big and small. Birds that never stop calling, an…

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  • 2012

    2012

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    I understand if everyone wants to kick my ass for this but this is honestly one of my favourite films of all time. It's one of very few that I can watch over and over again and never grow tired of, even though I'm fully aware that it's severely unrealistic (NASA branded it "absurd") and probably politically questionable too (mainly because, despite continued assertions from certain characters that the act of selling tickets for placement on the arks is inhumane,…

  • The Vanishing Lady

    The Vanishing Lady

    better editing than la la land.