Michael Calkins

Michael Calkins

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He/him. 24 year old film lover, aspiring screenwriter/director.

Favorite films

  • Whiplash
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Seven Samurai
  • Inception

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  • The Guest

    ★★★★½

  • Demented

  • The Exorcist

    ★★★★★

  • Malignant

    ★★★★½

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  • Triple Threat

    Triple Threat

    ★★★½

    Triple Threat is a down and dirty, lean and mean, fight scene machine. I had a really great time watching these action stars do their thing. 

    The standouts, surprisingly, are Tiger Chen and Tony Jaa. They have a buddy dynamic that I found myself laughing at quite often. Jaa especially handles comedy really well without it distracting from the plot. Another standout was Michael Jai White, who has endless charisma, and his big fight was so damn brutal. Make this…

  • The Collector

    The Collector

    ★★★★½

    The Collector is a thrilling and often sadistic cat and mouse thriller. It’s villain is fascinating, yet vague in his motives. But it’s strength really lies with its hero, Arkin.

    Josh Stewart embodies Arkin with an intelligence and moral strength that makes every choice he makes selflessly play perfectly. He is practically the inverse of The Collector; a spectre of viciousness towards human life, a sadistic madman who takes pleasure and keepsakes from his victims. Arkin puts himself in danger…

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  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★½

    The Guest is still a thoroughly entertaining thriller with an absolutely showstopping performance from Dan Stevens in the title role. Every time I watch this I just love it more and more. 

    The cinematography, the performances, the score, the action/kills, the tight editing and the Carpenter-esque ambiance make this a (at least) yearly watch for me, especially around spooky season. The finale with the Halloween maze is so fucking good, beautifully photographed and scored by a kick ass soundtrack.

    I…

  • Demented

    Demented

    Probably one of the worst first time watches I’ve had this year. It’s not a long movie but it felt like an eternity. 

    The acting is awful, the dialogue is even worse more often than not, and the kills that they take so long to build to are unimpressive as hell. Demented has a solid premise, following a woman with PTSD following a violent rape who may or may not be hallucinating her rapists terrorizing her in her house.  But the…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Everytime I rewatch this, I continue to fall in love with this film.

    The beauty of Halloween is in its simplicity. It’s not weighed down by heavy, obnoxious exposition about Michael. We only get vague ideas of The Shape’s character. It’s a dead horse at this point, but keeping The Shape as characterless as possible is what makes him so damn scary. He is the personification of fate, a reaper who has come to bring untimely demises to the town…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I’ll admit, I’m still processing this film, but how can I not call this a masterpiece. It gets a perfect grade for the mind blowing technical prowess on display. 

    The cinematography is awe inspiring. The sense of scale, the pure majesty of every space shot, every vista. The daunting nature of humanity’s journey burned on celluloid. The musical score also adds to that, with these grandiose themes scoring some of the most epic shots in all of cinema.


    All the acting…