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  • High Tension

    High Tension

    ★★½

    I liked this one a lot when it first came out. A LOT. Like 4-5 stars territory. I didn't mind that the first half was a complete ripoff of Dean Koontz's Intensity. I didn't even mind that the third act had the most egregiously unfair "twist" I've ever seen. Why? Because the movie was directed with such attitude and style, and because the tension was relentless. (Talk about an appropriate title.)

    Now on rewatch, I see the real problem with…

  • These Final Hours

    These Final Hours

    ★★★★

    That movie hit me hard. Very similarly to how Melancholia hit me, though that one oddly left me feeling optimistic about death. Well, not optimistic about death itself, but optimistic that I might confront my death relatively peacefully when it comes. Here, I was just terrified.

    The idea that this thing I think of as me will one day not exist is terrifying to me. The only fleeting comfort I get is in those infrequent Zen-like moments when I realize…

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  • The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

    The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

    ★★★★★

    My inner monologue during the entire film:

    "Could I finish one lap? I could finish one lap. Could I? I bet I could finish one lap. Couldn't I?"

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    Wow, wow, wow! So much good stuff I want to say about this movie!

    While the characters and story are relatively weak and underdeveloped, to criticize those things is to miss the point of what this movie is. To me, it's more like a piece of visual music with all of the instruments playing against each other to create an effect -- but more of an electronic sample-filled track than an orchestral piece. It's the polyphony that has impact, not…