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  • Slumber Party Massacre II

    Slumber Party Massacre II 1987

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016

    The greatest film of the American 80's? An implosive wrangling genre, culture, and gender norms that leaves a quite acidic taste in one's mouth. If the first film often felt too on the money with it's overt rallying cry against the male-gaze this presents a much more complex psuedo-lynchian deconstruction of suburban Americanism in the Reagan years where one is left only wildly confused.

    P.S. I never thought I would be nearly moved to tears by a movie called Slumber Party Massacre II, but alas I have been pleasantly (or really in many ways unpleasantly) proved wrong.

  • Heat

    Heat 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 May, 2016

    A rhythmic tone poem of character, mood, and tension featuring two performances literally larger than the incredibly wide screen. Perhaps the true heat comes from Pacino's outbursts or DeNiro's empty-eyed stare. This movie would be meaningless without either of them. Not only do they realize incredibly large characters in a very expansive and human way, but only two actors of such caliber could make the devastating inevitably of the climax take such a toll on the viewer. This screen literally…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2015 3

    Probably the most restrained effort from Mr. Tarantino's entire career. Gone are all the pop Godardian tricks that first made him famous (besides the almost Brechtian decision to stage a road-show along with some pop music, a few gags centered around the intermission, and the almost-hokey clue-like genre of the murder mystery stuck inside one place); in its place is a more classical story that tries to fit more snugly among the ranks of the exploitation masters of the 70s…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2016

    "It's a good scream." The 1970's retold as one giant grand cosmic joke inducing not so much a giggle but a howl. Possibly DePalma's most melancholic and cynical vision of American culture and cinema. Possibly his masterpiece (and Lithgow/Travolta's respective career high-points).