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  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★½

    [144-minute Assembly Cut]

    Fincher Nihilism in its infancy. Not surprised the initial critical and public reception toward this was outright contempt. A $50-million depressive blockbuster that goes out of its way to break from canon, halt the series, and dissatisfy fans and the general audience with its fatalistic storyline and grim violence; one of the few smiles in this film comes right before someone's head gets crunched. Here's a rare case where the added 37 minutes gives way to an…

  • The Turning

    The Turning

    ★½

    Certainly the first Henry James adaptation I've seen that opens with the reporting of Kurt Cobain's death.

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    A puzzle box for the ages: seemingly deceptively simple on the surface — it is, after all, the story of a man who succumbs to madness, eventually running amok while spending a winter with his family in isolation — but there’s more than one method of opening The Shining's myriad doors.

    What I’ll say is there are few films, horror or otherwise, which effectively portray white male hysteria and the terrifying upshots of such behavior. The movie refuses to explicate…

  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★

    "I'm a cop. You're a drug trafficker. I didn't betray you; I busted you."

    First-rate entertainment, and with some profound social commentary (which will be further inspected upon a necessary rewatch) underneath it all. Full proof that meat-and-potato crime/thriller outings aren't synonymous with Z-grade filmic idiocy punctuated by killer one-liners. (Although Captain Zhang's quote [see above] is pretty sick!) Taking the simple premise of a drug lord evading execution by assisting a police unit in taking down fellow drug barons,…