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  • Paranoia

    Paranoia

    ★★★

    usually here for monotonous psychedelia & mind games

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    it's easy to write off De Palma as a stylistic show-off obsessed with voyeurism and his calling as the Hitchcock descendant (you won't see me doing this, i'm ride or die for De Palma), but CARRIE and BLOW OUT are two of the most emotionally impactful films ever made. Full stop.

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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…