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  • Friday the 13th Part III

    Friday the 13th Part III


    Miner's work on Part 2 was competent hackery; so I was surprised to see him elevate his game on this one. My assumption is that filming in early 80s 3-D was so arduous and painstaking, that Miner had to really think through his shots. So we get some good widescreen compositions (I'm thinking of the hanging laundry in the first scene, and the ground-level camera in the handstand kill) and a lot of smooth, if at times unnecessary, crane work.…

  • Friday the 13th Part 2

    Friday the 13th Part 2


    Slicker and more competent than the original, and thus duller; it makes Cunningham's film look even more like a piece of semi-outsider art, which was the major thing it had going for it. Points, though, for introducing the withered head of Mrs. Voorhees, a well-designed and truly delightful art object.

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.

    But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.

  • Me and Orson Welles

    Me and Orson Welles

    BOYHOOD took twelve years to make, but this took twelve years to watch.