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  • Tigers Are Not Afraid

    Tigers Are Not Afraid

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    Was gonna watch this for Hooptober, but couldn't wait!

    This is a great, serious horror film that plays more like a dark fairy tale. There are touches of magical realism (the trail of blood flowing across the ground recalls One Hundred Years of Solitude, of all things!), but it's mostly been compared to del Toro - and yeah, I can see it. I especially saw echoes of The Devil's Backbone, my favorite of his and another film dealing with trauma…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Detective stories are generally as much a fantasy as Game of Thrones, with hyper-competent detectives, clear-cut evidence, and logical chains of reasoning. Not being an actual detective, I can only assume that this ideal - presented most prominently in various crime procedurals - is rarely matched in reality. It certainly isn't matched in Memories of Murder, which sees three detectives attempt, with increasing desperation, to solve a string of murders before someone is killed again.

    Initially, at least, the suspects…

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  • Battle at Big Rock

    Battle at Big Rock

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    This came outta nowhere, but it was a lot of fun. I'm intrigued by what this seems to be setting up for Jurassic World 3 - a world where humans and dinosaurs genuinely have to coexist. It's honestly where the franchise should have gone after Jurassic Park originally (how many times can we wind up on the same damn island?), so consider me hyped.

    The actual quality of the film is fine. It's too short to have a huge impact but still manages to pack in some genuine pathos. Good stuff.

  • Unbelievable

    Unbelievable

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    An incredible miniseries - based on true events - that is by turns infuriating, compelling, and cathartic. Truly exceptional television.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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    I miss Sally Menke. I will not pretend to understand exactly what she brought to Quentin Tarantino's filmography - I have only fuzzy ideas of what an editor does and how he/she does it. I could not describe to you the rhythm of a scene or a film, except to say that I can feel when it is off. And Tarantino, when he was working with Menke, was never off.

    His films since her passing have had a shaggy, shapeless…

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

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    Dare you dare you double dare you

    I've seen Silent Hill a number of times - this is probably my fourth or fifth viewing - and every time, I'm reminded of its inherent contradictions. On the one hand, the dialogue and the performances are often wooden, the exposition is mind-numbing, and the Sean Bean scenes, forced on director Christophe Gans by the studio, are dull as dishwater (his original conception of an all-female film sounds much more interesting, and indeed,…