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  • Speak

    Speak

    ★★★½

    A very grounded picture that occasionally has moments of cheese and whimsy despite the film’s grim tone. Despite its seeming incongruity, Steve Zahn’s performance as a particularly unusual art teacher (in a cast where all the teachers are larger than life) comes close to stealing the show from Kristen Stewart in a very impressive early role. The climax of the Speak has a great underlying tension that Stewart manages to embody with her natural anxious physicality.

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★★

    Don’t tell Harry”

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  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★★

    A schlock tour-de-force that challenges your gag reflex with a menagerie of grotesqueries. Even though most of the CGI is spotty, the practical effects are inspired and horrifying and the sound design is so effectively overbearing it is nauseating. What with some of the creature designs, the pink color palette, and the humor being mostly intentional, Color Out of Space feels like a throwback to some of the great gonzo horror films of the 80s and early 90s.

    Also, Nicolas Cage said that his performance draws from the same well as Vampire’s Kiss