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  • The Mask
  • Harold and Maude
  • Desperate Living
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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  • Prozac Nation

    ★★★½

  • Ms .45

    ★★★★

  • American Psycho

    ★★★★½

  • Strays

    ★★★

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    Well I really was a bit of a silly billy rating this 3.5 stars when I first watched it because it’s actually fantastic. Admittedly, I first watched it in 2018 in July, not long after I joined Letterboxd and not long after I started expanding my taste in films in general. 70s horror is quite a different experience for someone accustomed to faster paced movies, as was clearly the case with 17 year old me. Revisiting this 3 years on…

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★½

    It’s clear why Rocky caught the nations hearts back in 1976. Fat City, released 4 years earlier, another boxing comeback film of sorts, portrayed the relentless cycle of poverty, alcoholism, and unhappiness that prevents the main character from breaking out and making a name for himself. Rocky on the other hand is an uplifting success story through and through. I love Fat City, but it’s obvious that the public were in dire need of a working class character like Rocky…

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  • Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    ★★★½

    Much like Girl, Interrupted, Prozac Nation was a cornerstone of my teenage years. Despite still being a huge fan and frequent re-watcher of the former, I haven’t seen Prozac Nation since I joined Letterboxd in 2018, and I think probably even a few years before that. I was fully expecting this to be an edgy, self-absorbed mess when viewing it with non-teenage eyes, but surprisingly it holds up rather well. Sure, it has its pretentious moments due to the fact…

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45

    ★★★★

    It was a joy to see this for the first time ever at the BFI Southbank. I’m a big fan of Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer, and Ms. 45 delivers a similar amount of grittiness, exploitation and shock. The main difference between the two films besides plot is the focus on the female experience. Our main character, Thana, is pawed at, stared at on the streets like a piece of meat, and ultimately raped twice before finding a sense of…

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  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★½

    It’s been about 4 years since I last watched The Wicker Man, and despite rating it 4/5 stars, it was definitely on the ‘lukewarm’ side of that high rating. I appreciated it, but didn’t quite get it. Having read up a little on the various cuts recently (some of which are forever lost), I decided to pick up the StudioCanal blu-ray which features all three - notably the director’s cut, which people on Reddit seemed to recommend above all the…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

    I was looking forward to checking out Ari Aster’s followup to Hereditary. Although not very well versed in the genre, most of the folk horror I’ve seen has been entertaining, and the screenshots I’ve seen from Midsommar looked interesting. Unfortunately despite not living up to his debut feature film, Midsommar is a solid film with some unique visuals.

    This film manages to capture a similar, simmering sense of claustrophobia and discomfort that Hereditary does. I thought the slow build up was…