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  • Isle of the Dead
  • Duelle
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • Beyond the Darkness

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  • Cheerleader Camp

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★

  • A Dirty Shame

    ★★★★

  • The Great Outdoors

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★★

    I am a pathetic horror nerd so horror movies come up in conversations with me a lot. Unsurprisingly, more than one Catholic (granted, usually a boomer) has told me that The Exorcist is the scariest film that they have ever seen because it is so "realistic." I always find that funny. After all, why would one who believes in the existence of Satan believe in that... but then not in something like this? Indeed, in its own way this is…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    Totally oppressive and profoundly upsetting. As lethargically poetic as it is psychedelic, and black metal. A neo-noir inferno, but scorched earth is more terrible than anything offered by hell. The status this has achieved as a canonical top 100 IMDb box-checker perhaps dampens its severity and monstrosity, but this is a far cry from the tacit neutrality, vague jingoism, and dryly calculated aesthetic of something like Saving Private Ryan. The playing of Wagner as score during the helicopter raid sequence…

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  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★★★★

    Adam Sandler's biting satire of post-9/11, American, capitalist, consumerist culture. Sandler is clearly drawing from a vast and varied collection of sources to create this subversive narrative, the film contains hints of everyone from Jorge Luis Borges to Aristophanes. Sandler's slyly hilarious comedy is a brilliant celebration of one's own identity (particularly, gender and ethnicity) in the face of the increasingly repressive and xenophobic state of world politics, in fact, with each passing year, this film only grows in its…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

    TRIGGER WARNING

    A rape-revenge movie disguised as a high-school horror comedy. But really, is disguise even an appropriate word?

    How obvious is it that the stabbing of Jennifer in the woods is a metaphor for rape? Just like the lead character of I Spit On Your Grave (who, by the way, is also "coincidentally" named Jennifer), Jennifer is restrained by a group of men in the woods who then abuse her, thrusting foreign objects into her body. The primary difference…