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  • Host

    Host

    ★★★★

    79

    This messed me up. Granted, I have a tough time with jump scares in general, but the build-up in this is unbearably intense. Even though they interfered with the Zoom interface effect, I had to throw on the subs because I couldn't handle the film with the sound cranked up. Between this and the Unfriended films, I'm definitely a fan of desktop horror. Keep 'em coming.

  • Knockabout

    Knockabout

    ★★★½

    71

    Abounds with the sort of Hong Kong broad comedy that I have a tough time stomaching, but the insane acrobatics make the overall journey worthwhile.

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  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    ★★★★½

    89

    A ferocious expression of woman's rage and a waking nightmare marked by vivid, apocalyptic imagery (Lynch and Argento came to mind). Though still an avenging angel figure, Matsu also becomes more of a witness, receding into near-total silence as the mad misogynist world around her spins into oblivion (she has two lines of dialogue in the entire film). This is stunning stuff.

  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★★

    The monologue scene: still one of the defining moments in my history of movie-watching. It exposes the film's allegorical intents while simultaneously keeping us grounded in Monty's haunted psyche. On the one hand, we have an operatic elegy to post-9/11 rage and xenophobia. On the other, a self-directed tirade by a man burdened with sorrow and regret. The duality is palpable, moving, sublime.