• Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    This is exactly what sleepovers with the fellas used to be like, and by *this* I mean the scene where Oscar Isaac cuts a large chunk out of his friend’s abdomen, revealing slithering intestine/snake monsters inside of his body.

    4K release looks spectacular. Some of the most interesting & ambitious visual effects work I’ve ever seen. So much to digest with the story as well. My experience reading the book slightly informs my opinion of the meaning of it all, but the two are so very different.

    Tessa Thompson continues to be my queen.

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    Henry Fonda plays 12-dimensional chess for 97 minutes.

    Working on an all-female reboot starring the four actresses from the 2016 Ghostbusters and the eight actresses from Ocean’s 8. 

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★★

    2021 October Horror Marathon - Day 21

    Picked up the new 4K Best Buy release. Love the packaging. Enjoyed revisiting this for the first time since the 10th grade. Appreciate it much more now for the satirical elements and black comedy.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    Ridley Scott proves with the titular setpiece that he hasn’t lost the craftsmanship which guided his action sequences in Gladiator. 

    The Last Duel is a tense drama which addresses some heavy subject matter with a welcome amount of grace. The film’s structure borrows from Rashomon, which is appropriate considering the subject matter, in a manner which adds depth to each character’s motivations. I loved especially how the nature of Jodie Comer’s relationship with Matt Damon was wildly different from each of…

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★★★

    2021 October Horror Marathon - Day 20

    Fucking love this movie. Sadly maligned due to the context surrounding audiences’ interest in a continuation of the Michael Myers storyline.

    Thankfully, this film has achieved something of a cult status in recent years. It’s a hell of a lot of fun. Great practical effects all around. Tom Atkins is fantastic. The ending is genuinely chilling.

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    2021 October Horror Marathon - Day 19

    I sincerely uphold Halloween II as being on par with the original film. In a few important aspects, I actually think this movie is more successful. The key deficit of Halloween II is that the story is much weaker than the first. However, this is made up for with the greater emphasis on inventive kills, more dynamic cinematography, lighting, and coloring, and dialogue which feels less stilted than that of the original 1978…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★★

    2021 October Horror Marathon - Day 13

    Forgot to log this on the day. One of the best horror films of my lifetime. Inventive, refreshing, and a definitive film of this era. I never grow tired of it. Can’t believe it is already almost five years old.

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, compelling, and brimming with life in every way I’d hoped it would. Picked up a steelbook blu-ray of this at Barnes & Noble the other day while scoping the place out in preparation for the Criterion sale in November. Thrilled to have finally seen it. It’s my favorite Miyazaki movie so far. Howl’s Moving Castle was stunning, but the story didn’t grip me. Kiki’s Delivery Service was so full of charm and heart that I absolutely loved it, but it did not…

  • Censor

    Censor

    2021 October Horror Marathon- Day 18

    Loved the inventive experimentation with different film stock. The whole thing has a great, ominous tone. The final leg of the movie was especially chilling and beautiful. Really cool poster as well.

    Interesting messaging about the media we consume as an extension of the self, as well as moral panic related to works of horror.

  • Goldfinger

    Goldfinger

    “You expect me to talk?”

    ”No Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.”

    Goldfinger will feel the most familiar to those like myself who were only acquainted with a handful of the newest Bond films. The tropes we know and love are etched into film history here.

    Considering Bond as the one of the earliest franchises to achieve the status of universally adored pop culture iconography, Goldfinger is the movie which first hinted at the staying power James Bond would have. It…

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    2021 October Horror Marathon- Day 17

    This movie’s iteration of Tommy Doyle would most definitely be on Facebook rage posting about Dr. Fauci and election fraud in the year 2020.

    Halloween Kills is a messy, messy movie. I don’t know what to make of it. Everything with Michael Myers was fantastic. The eerie tone of each sequence in which he appeared was often capped off wonderfully with a great kill. That’s what we come to these movies for. However, the film…