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  • Teen Witch

    Teen Witch 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 05 May, 2016

    I love this movie - as formulaic and cheesy as its script is, everyone on the set clearly gave it 110% every day. At the very least, the costume designer deserves a lot of credit for the many amazing patterned dress/floppy hat ensembles and as many loud, oversized sweaters as could be contained in a single film.

  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 May, 2016

    Even more brilliantly crafted than Blue Ruin, though it doesn't quite have the emotional resonance of the earlier movie. That's nitpicking, though - it's basically a slasher movie that gets you way more emotionally invested in its young characters than the average slasher. You know it's just a matter of time until they start getting picked off, but Jeremy Saulnier creates almost unbearable tension by delaying the inevitable, and when things turn grisly, each death is quick and chillingly arbitrary. Maybe it's "just" a genre exercise, but it's a near-perfect one.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…