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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    Third dance horror in a row. Neither as tense and effective as Black Swan more as batshit as Climax, Suspiria falls a little flat. That’s not to say I disliked it. The narrative is compelling and proceeds with intrigue and surprisingly strong pacing despite the film’s lengthy runtime. As others have said, the setting during the Baader Meinhof standoff and proximity to WWII and the Holocaust mostly serve to distract. This film could have been set in almost any other setting and been just as, if not more, effective - imagine the Italian monastery version or New England woods or Caribbean island version of this film!

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★½

    Can’t stop thinking about it. Did it have a point? Is it all climax and that’s why the title? Why is Gaspar Noe like this? Can we get a little bit less upside down at the end? Or this movie with about 1/3rd of the characters? Specifically can we get it without the two gross straight dudes from the gossip scenes and the German girl at least. Her “performance” took me out of this wild ride every time, especially at…

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  • Saw II

    Saw II

    ★★★★

    Is ACAB a spoiler? Nah. Just a truth.
    Somehow I liked this better than the first? You get to know the characters better I think, even with there being at least twice as many. It's like Saw had a baby with a haunted house movie and the Halloween franchise. What's not to like?

  • Eden Lake

    Eden Lake

    ★★★½

    Bleak and full of utter despair. 
    I prefer my horror with some hope and that this does not have. But it is SO effective for what I think it is trying to do and I can’t fault it for that.