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  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    No beating around the bush: The Babadook is the best new horror film I've seen since The House of the Devil. I'm no Stephen King expert by any means, but this often felt like it could be a King adaptation, with terror that grows less out of traditional scare tactics and more out of the characters' emotional hang-ups and past tragedies. Although the Babadook himself eventually comes to the forefront in frightening fashion, the strained relationship between Essie Davis' single…

  • Starred Up 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    Fucking brutal and that's all there is to it. We've seen prison dramas like this before, but rarely have they been so relentlessly raw and unpleasant. I plead complete ignorance regarding the UK justice system, but its representation here smacks of reality, and it's pretty frightening. Lives are given and taken away based on which side of the moral gray area an authority figure should fall. Jack O'Connell is excellent as young delinquent Eric Love, as is Ben Mendelsohn, bringing…

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  • Holy Motors 2012

    ★½ Watched 31 Dec, 2012 13

    To say that Holy Motors has been praised would be the understatement of the century. It has been discussed and interpreted more than probably any other movie this year. Furthermore, seemingly every major critic loves it. It has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, an 84 on Metacritic, and my boy Film Crit Hulk placed it at the very top of his 2012 list, ahead of Django Unchained, The Master, Looper, and several other terrific titles. However, there's something none of…

  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2012 3

    "I just wanna feel that we both wanna, like, be in love. I want it so...bad."

    Have you ever felt like you're drifting aimlessly through life? Have you ever longed for someone to love, a longing that runs so deep you can hardly contain your emotions when you're alone in your bed in the middle of the night? Have you ever felt like everyone's abandoned you? Have you ever felt like none of it means anything? Have you ever felt…