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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985

    ★★★ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2014

    Jack Sholder's "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge," more famous today for its subtext or social commentary than its more overt cinematic elements, is a solid horror sequel. The follow-up to Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the film focuses on the return of killer, Freddy Krueger, who finds a way back to Elm street through an angst-ridden young man. Awash in dream logic and effectively chilling imagery, the sequel is an engaging piece of horror.…

  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan 1989

    ★★ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2014 1

    "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan," Paramount's final "Friday the 13th" film, is clearly the series' most stylish entry. Rob Hedden's film bears the flashy colors and generalized slickness of a late 1980s music video. It is a visually striking document of the beloved decade. Unfortunately, the film's horror effects look cheap, and the production limitations that were easily concealed in earlier chapters are all-too apparent here. Couple the lackluster effects with a roughly rendered script, and Jason…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Dec, 2014 12

    Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Loneliness. Longing. Rage. Whimsy. Exuberance. Love. In the space of 90 or so minutes, Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic drama observes all of these moods, emotions, and movements. Like an allegory of the mind and heart, Anderson's put-upon everyman communicates these shades while the film captures life's mental, emotional journey though the narrative lens of a single character and the stylistic canvas of a remarkable film.

    On the surface, "Punch-Drunk Love" is about a business man whose life…

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 31

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.