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  • The Amazing Colossal Man

    The Amazing Colossal Man

    ★★★

    Despite the glaring scientific inaccuracy of saying that the human heart is made of a single cell (among other “facts”), this is a solid atomic age drama. 

    It is genuinely tragic to see Glenn Manning’s mind deteriorate; hearing his spiralling despair turn to aggressive cynicism, and then to a rejection of those who love him most. 

    However, some other emotional beats leave more to be desired (Glenn doesn’t really react upon seeing his fiancé for the first time since the…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Brilliant and striking visuals, haunting sound design, and some remarkably unpleasant ideas.

    I appreciate the ways in which this builds upon the 1956 original, only lifting certain visuals towards the climax. Other than those few moments, this iteration is largely its own piece and is all the better for it. The first half is particularly effective in how understated the proceedings are. Images of everyday life in the city are unnerving in their familiarity because we know that it’s only…

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  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    ★½

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. 

    God, everything that Debra Hill and John Carpenter construct in Halloween’s first act is perfect; a superb combination of convincing dialogue between believably close friends, gorgeous framing, and compelling performances. Michael’s omnipresent menace works precisely because these people feel real.

    Happy Halloween 2019!