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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Again: my review of this movie might not make a ton of sense but that's just cause I have so many FEELINGS.

    And those feelings are primarily ones of love. I still love this. And I think there's so much to love. (Yeah, I'm biased because this is working with a mythos that is really important to me, but I don't care--it's great anyway.)

    Centrally, this movie is about three generations of women fighting against a hereditary trauma rooted in…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    At first glance, filthy bargain bin 70s-style shock trash with a multi-million dollar budget. I know I’m watching the director’s cut, but seriously I can’t believe that Zombie got away with even 1/4th of this shit in an MGM distributed movie??

    And yeah, there’s no denying that it is EXTREMELY flawed/concerning in many respects (eg. the fact that Zombie appears to love writing “faggot” even more than QT loves writing the N-word, Zombie’s portrayal of Laurie as well as the…

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  • Donovan's Reef

    Donovan's Reef

    ★★★½

    Ford’s late career attempt at goofy romantic comedy results in one of my least favorites from him thus far, yet it’s still better than like 60% of the movies I’ve seen, so yeah.

  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★★★★

    Scarier than the thought of a monster lurking in the closet is actually being the monster that has to hide there.

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  • 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…

  • I Walked with a Zombie

    I Walked with a Zombie

    ★★★★★

    “Val was the dreamer and I was the materialist. We complemented each other. By himself, Val might go off the deep end, and I, by myself, might lose a certain poetry.”
    -Jacques Tourneur

    “Our message is that death is good.”
    -Val Lewton

    Surely, Tourneur and Lewton are one of cinema’s all time greatest power couples and this might be the most exquisite example of that. I am still in awe that a film this mystical, this occult, and this revolutionary…