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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    “The fear of becoming prey keeps both of them alive.” 

    Yoooooo, this is exactly what I wanted the film to be. I thought it was extremely entertaining and I found it to be a lot of fun. I’ll try to keep it as vague as possible, but here are some thoughts on it:

    – There’s some really clever moments, as well as an awesome long-take of Michael (which was one of my favorite sequences).

    – I loved the parallels (or…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Whiplash > La La Land > First Man > 80% of movies this year

    Damien Chazelle does it again, this time making an intense, and often poignant film, about Neil Armstrong. I liked Gosling’s performance in this; however, I really liked Claire Foy’s performance, even though she was in it for less of the runtime.

    I absolutely loved the choice to make this film as personal as possible, giving us plenty of grainy closeups of faces, keeping many of the shots as tight…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Click here for my original review to see my other thoughts on the film.

    This time I’ll just mention a few smaller things I enjoyed:

    — I don’t normally like child actors in horror films, but I honestly enjoyed the little kid that’s being babysat.

    — Judy Greer’s character wearing a Christmas sweater in one scene to show how much she probably hates the Halloween season and is already preparing to move on from it.

    — The human “Jack-o'-lantern” head

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Had this been much shorter and better paced, I think this could’ve been a much nicer film...

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    Click here for my original review to see most of my thoughts on my first viewing.

    Here’s some new thoughts after a second viewing, this time in IMAX:

    I neglected to mention the score before because I hadn’t found it that special.  I don’t know what I was thinking because this time I found the score to be very pretty.

    The moon scenes in IMAX are breathtaking.

    I liked Gosling’s performance a little bit more this time.

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★½

    “A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural... If it happens to you, you’re liable to have that shut door in your mind ripped right off it's hinges!”

    HoopTober 5.0 - Film #27
    Task: A film before 1970

    Ghostly, lavishly haunting, minimal, and atmospheric. This film does a lot with the imagination, keeping the chills hidden behind shadows and eerie sounds. I really liked it, but I think I was expecting something different. This is something I could see myself watching again, and when I do, maybe I’ll like it even more!