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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    While I was watching it, I found the incessant screaming that made up 90% of the sound mix of the second half of the film started to get annoying towards the end. In retrospect, however, I think the way this aspect put me on edge and made viewing kind of unpleasant was totally in support of the generally extremely unnerving and off-putting tone of Texas Chainsaw, and made for a very good horror film.

    It's not really scary in the…

  • Cargo

    Cargo

    ★★★½

    Definitely feels like a debut film, the middle sags quite a bit with Vic and his creepy baiting prisons. Martin Freeman is spectacular, however, and the drawn out pacing of the first act is really well done. I like the tone and aboriginal-inspired aesthetic, and a lot of the new additions to traditional zombie lore can be both interesting and genuinely unsettling. It would be much better if ten minutes or so had been shaved from the middle, but I do recommend you check it out.

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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★★

    I hear a lot about how the film celebrates stupidity and should be panned for pushing a pseudo-conservative message. While I have to agree the film celebrates simplicity (the last scene we get between Forrest and Jenny before she dies being a wonderfully beautiful example of it), I cannot agree that it is simple fluff that presents Forrest's lack of intelligence as a good thing for the sake of a lighthearted story.

    We are shown all these horrible things that…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    Whenever I tell people that Stop Making Sense is one of my favorite films, they always have the same look on their face. They've tossed it to the side as a simple concert documentary. A well-done concert documentary, but a concert documentary all the same, and don't understand why I'm praising what they think they could do with their iPhone at the next Beyonce concert they go to.

    While they're not necessarily wrong, their dismissiveness of the film almost proves…