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  • Poltergeist III

    Poltergeist III

    ★★½

    What could be great schlock is mostly wasted by Lara Flynn Boyle going to a teen party and ghosts yelling "Carol Anne" at Carol Anne. Probably the only really effective scene is Donna escaping the ghost world (not too many spoilers), which is genuinely shocking and the only really weird visual in the whole movie. There's still a lot of cool visuals (the ice cars, the pulsating door to Carol Anne's room), but they don't have the weird factor of the 2nd or the presentation power of the 1st.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★

    I used to be really annoyed by this movie when I was a young lad, but it was long enough ago that I don't remember why. Watching again for the first time in a very long while I think I understand why. I'm pretty sure my young brain took the story a lot more seriously than the movie does (something that most kids do, an important fact to remember about small children) and I got annoyed by how silly and…

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  • Avatar 5

    Avatar 5

    ★★★★★

    When the main characters travelled back in time to stop President Lincoln's assassination, that's when I thought "Ah, now this series is finally getting good."

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★

    Cities = Bad, Serial Killers

    Absolutely essential nihilism cinema and possibly my favorite Fincher joint (next to Zodiac, yeah yeah I know). One of the most sadistic big mainstream movies I can think of; moreso in the detail and inventiveness of the murders than any level of gore or violence. Even for Fincher, this is some of the most beautiful lighting you'll see in any movie, a richness and variety of light and shadow that only Roger Deakins could comparably…