• Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★

    I really love Pleasence's performance in these movies. His line deliveries are simultaneously apocalyptic and nonchalant. Does he care too much, or not at all? What a sly little devil, though he should probably spend more time at the gun range since he's swangin' and bangin' that shooter around so often with such pitiful results.

  • The Final Destination

    The Final Destination

    ★½

    Okay, so they made it to four before really rolling out the trash. At least that one guy got his guts vacuumed into an amazing bloodshart explosion, so it's not a total wash.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    This motherfucker is in his 60's now, how does he do it? I guess the decades of catatonic downtime in between murder sprees keeps one spry into old age.

  • Warning

    Warning

    ★★

    As an anthology movie aficionado I'd have to say taking already short segments and chopping them up and trying to force them to interconnect is a poor way to structure your anthology film. Better filmmakers than this have tried and it's too difficult to square. A poor man's Black Mirror.

  • Copshop

    Copshop

    ★★★

    The movie makes no sense and suffers most when they try to paper over that fact but it's an undeniably well made riff on the "police station under siege" micro-genre, at least from a camerawork/editing/makeup/set dressing standpoint, so it feels stylish even if it's a little thin. I'm still stanning for Frank Grillo, my man gets to stretch his range a little and I love it for him.

  • Final Destination 3

    Final Destination 3

    ★★★

    When you think about it, it's nuts that there's a slasher film series where the "slasher" is the non-personification of death. Jason and Michael may be unkilllable, but they're at least tangible and embodied as a single entity. Even Freddie has limitations and personal foibles to exploit. These dumbass teens have the misfortune of flailing at a metaphysical concept. Diminishing returns from the first two but MEW has obvious star power and they crank up the nudity.

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★

    The most intimate and, dare I say, erotically charged portrayal of Michael to date. This Michael yeans for connection and community, this Michael cares. He stabs, but he cares. Something something it takes it a village to raise and then be slaughtered by a psychopath? I dunno, I was distracted by the big lumbering stud.

  • Final Destination 2

    Final Destination 2

    ★★★

    It's kind of pointless to root against death so we might as well cheer as it mows through a gaggle of dopey teens.

  • Final Destination

    Final Destination

    ★★★½

    This era will be remembered as the pinnacle of American culture. This film will be a key text to deciphering why.

  • Megan

    Megan

    ★★★

    First review? This is kind of a bugnuts movie with some wild sexual politics but it's not boring, even if it's not "good" per se. I don't know if some of the twists here are earned, but as previously stated, they are effective at drawing attention. If you're in the mood for weird and indie, give it a watch.

  • BAB

    BAB

    ★★★★

    More sense than sensibility, but I dug the wavelength it was jamming on.

  • There's Someone Inside Your House

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    ★★

    I re-watched the original Halloween recently and was stuck by how the simple and narrowly focused story is so effective at building tension and atmosphere, which are both required elements for a slasher. Piling on the plot while also overstuffing it with kill sequences is antithetical to the genre. I swear it's possible to still innovate with simplicity!