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  • Freddy vs. Jason

    Freddy vs. Jason 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Dec, 2016

    I've always thought this one was good dumb fun that, as directed by Ronny Yu, is way more stylish than any of the Friday the 13th movies (and often feels like one of the goofier Nightmare on Elm Street sequels with a bigger budget, mostly in a good way). But though I try not to hold a movie becoming dated against it, watching it now made it clear just what a shit time the early aughts were for popular music, fashion, and irony. For what it's worth, though, this is probably the best of the nu-horror movies.

  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher 1986

    ★★★½ Rewatched 03 Dec, 2016

    I've always been ambivalent about this one, as its sadism seems empty and unearned. The arbitrariness of the hitcher making C. Thomas Howell's character his target is the whole point; what subtext there is has a homophobic streak, and the movie's most infamous moment reminds me of a friend's description of Brett Ratner as a kid playing with a loaded shotgun. Viewed on the big screen with an enthusiastic audience, however, I had to admit to myself that, despite or…

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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…