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  • Daughters of Darkness

    Daughters of Darkness 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2016

    I was unsure of what to expect going into Daughters of Darkness because, let's be honest, the vampire genre is fuckin' everywhere when it comes to approach and quality. However, I was shocked to find that instead of a vampire/Bathory story, Daughters of Darkness is more akin to a psychological thriller focused on sharp character interactions and intentionally vague exposition. In many ways, I'm not even sure this was a vampire film as it specifically never shows any of the…

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein 1931

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 May, 2016

    I love the manic energy of the first act and the way that humanity is portrayed as something that desperately wants to move forward before they have an understanding of the consequences of such a pace on such a path. If only the slew of other various Frankenstein reboots and rehashes could find the same balance of thoughtfulness in their simplicity, then perhaps the themes would be as impactful in other films as they still are in this one.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2016 3

    Green Room is an impressively executed horror thriller worthy of fans of the darker genres. It’s brutal in its intensity and violence, but sparks enough of a smart writing style to give the film a strong artful embrace that lifts it above just being another modern grindhouse film. There are moments when it strikes a great balance between being smart, slick, and vicious that harkens back to the French extreme cinema movement just a decade or so ago. It’s just…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Since Pixar decided to completely abandon creativity with their last two films, I was skeptical about Inside Out. However, this is easily one of my favorites that the studio has released and one of their most ambitious, unique, and creative films of their highly regarded catalog. It's both outrageously fun and horrendously sad (a key component to the theme of the film). I'm glad to see the studio producing films like this again. It comes highly recommended.