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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★

    Ya know, I don't actually disagree with the positive reviews of this, could be the rare film where a director interrogates/indicts himself and I actually believe him to be sincere. I fear that it is much too long and repetitive though, and I was pretty turned off by the excessive brutality; not as de-sensitized as I once was.

    I respect the Matt Dillon performance a good deal, and the depiction of hell is impressive, Jack's descent is one of the year's better sequences. End credits got me to lol too, LVT pretty good for that sorta thing.

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★½

    Kind of a snoozer really, but Herzog has some fun with the audience's preexisting Dracula knowledge, and incorporates some cool elemental interstitials. Oh yea and the rats and the overhead shot of the coffins, etc. Thumbs up to all that.

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    I love the attention to detail in this movie, the small touches and considered nuances that really flesh out this world, like the white board that John Krasinski has had up for over a year that says some shit like

    Survive:
    Medical Supplies
    Sound proof

    Creature:
    ARMOR
    Sound??

    WHAT IS THEIR WEAKNESS?!?

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★★½

    A stunning subversion of the original source material ala Starship Troopers, Eli Roth takes the faux-cathartic, objectionable murder reveries of the Bronson original and pares away the tough guy grime. The results are pretty horrifying and perhaps even better than my star rating suggests (though there's some dicey plotting here) - fuckhead dad as wanna be superhero, the forgotten white man attempting to assert himself on the world through clumsy, arbitrary violence.

    In this sense its an apt continuation of…