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  • Carrie
  • Boogie Nights
  • Evil Dead II
  • Casablanca

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  • Gaia

    ★★★

  • Saw

    ★★★

  • Persona

    ★★★★½

  • Cathy's Curse

    ★★★★

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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

    Probably my favorite movie of the 21st century and one of my favorites of all time. It's my birthday, so it was the first movie I thought to rewatch to celebrate.

    What makes this movie special is it can be watched on a more surface level as a neo-western, with some twists and turns thrown in; it can be watched as an older man coming to terms with the chaos of a new violent world; or it can be watched…

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★★

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

    I rewatched this last week and I've seen it so much, so this time watching I really was analyzing (overanalyzing) it. And what struck me is it's hard to place exactly where the conflict is in the movie.

    The conflict isn't Oskar, our protagonist, being in any danger from the vampire Eli. There is no indication at all she wants to do him harm and the scenes with the two of them together are sweet and innocent, not threatening.

    The…

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  • Gaia

    Gaia

    ★★★

    Eco-horror terrifies me. You show me vegetation growing out of human flesh, like this film does, and I will scream at the screen. Just a steady scream til it ends.

    It's too bad Gaia couldn't keep it simple, including resisting going down the path of explanations and turns in the third act, which I just annoyingly shewed away as it was getting in the way of ptsd-inducing plant growing skin. There's a really good movie about environmentalism with traumatic imagery buried somewhere in here, but it refuses to fully bloom like a plant coming out of someone's vein 😱🤮

  • Saw

    Saw

    ★★★

    So I don't like Saw or any of the abysmal sequels, except kinda appreciate part 6 reaching for some sort of health insurance message, even if it's still remarkably dumb. The first Saw irks the fuck out of me for all kinds of reasons. Firstly it invokes a sort of early aughts bro horror and set the tone for one of the worst decades in the history of horror. Just from the start, the Twisted Pictures barbed wire logo feels…

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★★

    Just out of a screening and I'll write more later. Halloween Kills is brutal. The violence is so well directed by David Gordon Green, maintaining an over the top ruthlessness but never leaving the grounded reality of this world. The film is clever, exciting and at times hilarious.

    People may have a problem with the direction they go with Michael, but the choices are less about him and more the response to him. And some may feel it's not a…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★

    Too reliant on nods and winks to the original that it forgets to be an actual movie. The humor is insepid and the film has little of its own voice. It's just a connect-the-dots of nostalgia to please reddit threads.

    Jason Reitman promised Easter eggs in this movie to the original, and if by Easter eggs, he meant the same things that happened in the original happening again in this one, then yes, be on the watch for "Easter eggs".

    I don't worship the original, so perhaps to diehard fans this may be what you need. But to me, it felt soulless.

    Full review coming Friday