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  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★½

    I watched this the night after I watched Cape Fear, and to be honest, I was disappointed. Of course, comparing the two films is like comparing apples and oranges. But after I saw Scorsese pull off a unique and genuinely scary thriller, I thought that Shutter Island would leave me feeling at least mildly impressed. Nope.

    Shutter Island opens with US Marshal Teddy Daniels arriving at a high-security insane asylum located on the rocky, dismal Shutter Island, after the seemingly…

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★

    It takes a lot of skill to artfully pull of camp. That sounds so pretentious, I know, but I’ve found that it’s really rare for a movie to find that perfect balance of taking itself seriously and lightly at the same time. Tarantino has mastered it, and Scorsese flexed his muscles in Cape Fear and executed it perfectly.

    Cape Fear is about Sam Bowden, an attorney, and his family, after a criminal whom Sam convicted many years ago (after withholding…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ooof. I wanted to like Baby Driver a whole lot more than I actually did. Everyone seemed to sing its praises when it was out in theaters. But it was a flop in my book.

    It wasn't a bad movie per se. It had a whole host of colorful characters, and an undeniably stellar soundtrack. Baby Driver was quite creative when it came to design (though not with story-- I've seen the bad-crime-boy falls in love with good girl so…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    **I watched The Witch over a year ago, but in the spirit of Halloween, I figured I should post my review here as it's one of my favorite horror movies to come out in recent years.**

    It’s really rare that a movie ties together history, religion, and horror (three of my favorite things to learn about/watch movies about)– and it’s even rarer when it’s done well. The Witch really tapped into the interconnectedness of all three of those things, and…