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  • Wolf Creek 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    "Pulls no punches" is the compliment I most want to pay Wolf Creek. It has its problems--an excessive set-up in the vein of Hostel, an ending comprised of multiple anticlimaxes--but its dreadful atmosphere and intense violence really works, and I was hooked for the entire running time, especially so once John Jarratt's ferocious Mick Taylor shows up. What a truly disturbed, perverse, uncomfortably hilarious character. I'm excited to see what the sequel has in store.

    [Several critics, including Roger Ebert,…

  • 1408 2007

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Oct, 2014

    I really enjoyed this when I was 15 but hadn't seen it since. There's your first red flag. Several things in 1408 still worked for me--Cusack's performance, the slow buildup of the first act, all the emotional daughter material--but it's simply not scary enough. Hafstrom clearly has a knack for horror-appropriate visuals and atmosphere, but he buys into Cusack's skepticism too much, almost as though he's afraid to confirm that the goings-on in the hotel are actually happening, so a…

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  • Holy Motors 2012

    ★½ Watched 31 Dec, 2012 12

    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…