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  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★★

    Scream 3 is misunderstood in the Scream series; it’s actually one of the best sequels because at this point it’s hard to distinguish Scream 3 from Stab 3. Not sure if that was the intention, but I love that they’re now basically the same thing, the same entity, with a total intermingling/crossover of the real characters and the actors playing them. Either a genius move, or genius in the way it has revealed itself as a commentary on horror, trauma, mass media, and death. Watched via Lionsgate Films 5 Film set.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    Scream 2 amps up the fun factor, delivering double doses of the good stuff in true sequel fashion. We already know the characters, so it opens up the film to get down to business quicker, featuring some clever and thrilling set pieces, darker, more savage kills, and also the meta aspect with the Stab film and the media hype surrounding its premiere. 

    Wes maintains the atmosphere and tension from the first film, and we dive deeper into Cotton Weary and…

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  • The Beach

    The Beach

    ★★★

    Always had a soft spot for this movie, despite its many flaws. It seemed to have an edge in 2000, and its rogue, adventurous spirit spoke to me. I love the journey to the island, the decadent photography, the lush, romantic Angelo Badalamenti score—it's all very slick and dangerous feeling, like you’re there with Richard and Etienne and Francoise on this mysterious and incredible treasure hunt.

    But not long after they get the island, it all starts to unravel. Slowly…

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead

    ★★★★

    Some of the names that contributed to the making of this film: Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Paul Schrader, Robert Richardson, Thelma Schoonmaker, Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames, Elmer Bernstein, Joe Connelly — and yet it still appears to be moderately undervalued within the Scorsese filmography. It still doesn’t even have a Blu-ray release.


    But it is on Prime, which is how I watched it tonight; my first watch since seeing it theatrically. The subject matter is dark and dreary,…