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  • Winter's Bone 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    30 Female Directors

    "Never ask for what oughta be offered."

    Maybe if I hadn't actually been born and raised in Southwest Missouri I'd be able to give this film five stars. Although I'm not sure how people live in the Ozark Mountains proper (where this is set), if felt more like Appalachia than what I was imagining.

    I spent a summer in Forsyth (the film's town setting) when I was roughly Ree's age as well. And I just don't remember…

  • Zodiac 2007

    ★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Letter Z: Watchlist ABC to 123

    Objectively, I liked what the film was doing, but I found it hard to connect with. The first part is a mystery but then the film changes tone. It became the aftermath of everyone's lives involved in the case and one character's relentless obsession with finally finding the identity of Zodiac. It's an interesting take on this type of police drama and definitely felt more realistic, but I just couldn't find it overly enjoyable and/or suspenseful.

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  • You're Next 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    You're Next isn't quite like any horror movie I remember seeing. It tries to walk the line between standard horror and horror comedy. It also tries to be conventional for the genre at times and upend the traditional tropes at others. It feels like a parody (it especially harkens back to Scream) one minute and a typical slasher film the next. What that creates keeps you off kilter throughout the film and works effectively to feel fresh.

    Typical genre problems…

  • In a World... 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    30 Female Directors

    If it hadn't been for the unbelievable way this film wraps up in such an after-school-special way, it would have become an instant favorite. But I did like the cast, the storyline, and the film's light, quirky tone overall.

    I loved that this is a film about a part of filmmaking that we don't usually see movies mention--much less focus on. I could also appreciate its different and creative take on the concept of "finding your voice."…