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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★

    these are just some thoughts. i admit to not engaging with the film itself in these reactions, just some scribblings. i saw the roadshow version.

    I like nasty movies. I like nasty characters. I like nihilism. I like when movies are confrontational. I can't say I liked The Hateful Eight. I would be far more willing to embrace its vile attitudes if the story, characters, scenarios or story twists had any semblance of spark to them. But no. It doesn't.…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    A bona-fide classic in my favorite subgenre of horror, that of the psychological. A lot of credit goes to Ira Levin’s novel which, though I haven’t read, I hear is an extremely close adaptation by Polanski down to apartment geography, color schemes and dialogue. It takes a plot that could have been very silly or campy in other hands and roots it in relatable fears and a very real sense of inevitability that remains very disturbing. I’m doubting that Polanski…