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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II 2009

    Watched 05 Oct, 2016

    *Director's Cut*

    There's an expansive nature to Zombie's physical and psychological horror that is so evocative and impressive. Visions, dreams, nightmares, and flashbacks, each so thrillingly alive as to recklessly connect this fractured family in a makeshift dream space until the inevitable occurs. Littered with empathetic images of trauma and heightened stress, the film is almost encased in the screams (sometimes muted), cries, and guttural noises of the genre, each noise forthcoming and immediate in its desperation. For all of…

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven 2016

    Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    Favorite part was when my friend texted me about halfway through and asked if I wanted to drink Bloody Mary's with her tomorrow.

    I said yes.

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  • Queen of Earth

    Queen of Earth 2015

    Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Katherine Waterston's failed attempt to get the lights off in her bedroom by throwing a pillow at the light switch is one of the realest things I've ever seen.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    "It's all about if I can get close enough, fast enough."

    There's no trace of the mythic in Mann's contemporary universe, only strict instances of action and reaction swirling around to dizzying effect. The visceral and physical escalation bubbles up to the surface and leaves a lasting, personal mark. Moments of romance are present but brief: Hemsworth's Hathaway surveying his lover's neckline and skin (Claire Denis has mastered this by now), or the same couple holding each other late in…