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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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  • Perfect Blue
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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  • Spider-Man

    ★★★★

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

  • Love Me Tonight

    ★★★★

  • The King of Comedy

    ★★

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    Is Spider-Man actually good or is it just exactly the film America needed in the wake of 9/11? An essential post-9/11 blockbuster, Sam Raimi's film also marked a turning point for the superhero movie enterprise.

    Raimi's film endures in the pop cultural lexicon because of its heart and rewarding spectacle. It's ironic that the film introduces itself as a "story about a girl," when the romantic subplotting finds the script at its most shallow. But Raimi has always understood the…

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

    EUREKA!

    There is no more influential a pop film than ET, and yet every imitation made since lacks its decided humanity, marvelous romanticism, and mystifying pull. Suburban humdrum is upended by a remarkable discovery after a family is abandoned by their father. What follows is a modern day fairy tale which digs at the heart of mythmaking to reveal the beauty of Earth's most instinctive forces.

    Emotion ties together two beings separated by vast distances in space, forming a codependency…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★½

    A mixed salad of ideas, the ingredients of which include gummy worms, Oreos, Cool Ranch Doritos, and Big Mac lettuce; that is to say, a tossed bunch of easily-digestible thoughts thrown together into a discordant mess. Every over-exaggerated scene (Toni Collette has never been worse), every moment of forced awkwardness, every Lynchian time skip; all add up to a hodgepodge of persistent existential dread, which might work if the overall film wasn't so lamely infatuated with itself.

    Kaufman knows how…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    I do not recommend reading this review without having seen the film.


    "Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds."

    Besides its architectural menace and vibrant, deceptive colors, the abject fear of dying alone remains Suspiria's greatest signifier. A tapestry of tragedies, woven together one after another, Dario Argento's indisputable giallo masterwork serves a voyeuristic exercise, providing a limited perspective with haunting, ethereal vision.

    A demented fairy tale, indebted to classical silent horror works, Suzy Bannion steps…