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  • Titanic
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Prisoners
  • Hostel

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★★½

  • Warrior

    ★★★½

  • Hostel

    ★★★

  • Pet Sematary

    ★★★

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★★½

    Daniel Pearl, the cinematographer from the original, returns for this film, and Pearl knocks it out of the park. The cinematography has a great natural, haunted, Texas vibe. Like an evil Terrence Malick. Pearl and director Marcus Nispel put together very legit shots and sequences that are worthy of Hooper (very high praise here as Hooper is a GOAT).

    The plot stuff mostly consists of dumb characters making dumb decisions. But if you're watching a TCM film for the plot,…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    I've seen smart folks criticize this movies as (I'm paraphrasing to an extent) nihilistic and vapid showmanship.

    I couldn't disagree more, and I think this film reveals itself as optimistic, humane, and sensitive to its characters when it is viewed as a character study of Morgan Freeman's Detective William Sommerset and his evolution from defeatism to belief.

    Early in the film Sommerset is so horrified by the evils of his fellow man that he wants to quit his job as…

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  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    ★★★½

    NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is widely regarded as one of the best players ever. He was an incredibly gifted athlete who was bigger, stronger, and faster than his opposition. His dominance around the basket was unmatched. Shaq had weaknesses; he couldn't shoot, and he was a particularly poor free throw shooter. Yet basically every basketball fan acknowledges that Shaq's outlier strengths more than made up for his weaknesses.

    Why are film fans incapable of giving Michael Bay the same treatment…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★½

    If it's beautiful, it's only in the way that some pictures in your aunt's wild life photography scrap book might be beautiful. This has to be one of the most self serious movies I've ever seen, and I felt really embarassed for Tom Hardy and Leo for being in this. Inarritu just has no idea how to tell a story using film, he has to paint in the broadest, bluntest strokes to convey even the simplest of ideas. I'm not…