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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

    this was a kinda painful watch. i had really been looking forward to this for the past couple weeks. i kept gushing about it to people to get them to come, and it was also my suggestion to begin with. so i was really concerned with how everyone would receive it.

    what really stung, though, was that it didn’t mean as much to me this time. this was the movie for me that just “got it,” where there were just…

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle

    ★★★★

    just not quite as good as you've got mail.

    i mean, there's a lot i really like, but the willingness to let the characters fly across the country gets kinda strange. maybe it's just because i don't remember the pre 9-11 days, but it kinda lifts the grounding, and that's never been a problem with me, but it bothered me here.

    i think it's symptomatic of the same issue that causes the ending to feel a little abrupt and blunt.…

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  • Slender Man

    Slender Man

    ★★★

    No lighting, no characters, NO RULES. It's baffling and fragmented, and accidental themes pop up and go. Wacky, semi-showy camera movements come up here and there, they're trying so hard to be James Wan but it just isn't working. But as baffling as it is, I liked it.

    None of the scares were jumps, maybe one or two, but they weren't the climax of the scare. Really, none of these really climax, I think the editing is to blame here,…

  • The Year Without a Santa Claus

    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    ★★★

    I want a squad of smaller versions of myself who audibly confirm that indeed, I’m too much©️