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  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★

    Undeniably fresh but praise for this starts and ends with its diversion from the Myers story, and because this is the sole black sheep of the franchise it's impossible to imagine it within the context of the planned anthology series that Carpenter had intended and to judge it on its own merits as a standalone film rather than just appreciating it being "different" from the typical slasher installments we've come to expect. It seems that initially most people were taken…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★

    This is a real slippery slope. The hypocritical animal cruelty, as many have already stated, negates the social commentary. It makes it come off insincere, falsely moralistic and will forever be a stain on the film. It's impossible to seperate that or the exploitation of the actors/extras, both of which were done to add extra authenticity, because such techniques are completely counterproductive to the film's message - a vital, core aspect to consider. It's a shame that such fatal mistakes…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    Ingenious premise is negated through bombastic gestures that are all completely contradictory to the idea of silence - the abundance of hackneyed jump scares is the most obvious one (Krasinski even uses the "fake jump scare" technique, if you needed more proof of laziness and tropes galore), accompanied by deafening sound cues, and the setup/release of these scenes come too early to ever mount tension successfully; however, the consistently droning and distracting score, full of blaring horns, may be even…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ½

    Luhrmann does Luhrmann - but this time, a messier blender of mismatched musical choices, covered dreadfully and tonally jumpy in abrupt cross-cutting with one another. Typical oppressive technical freneticism with Luhrmann's distaste for any comprehensible spatial composition shown by his stylistic forte in cluttering the screen beyond visual repair, rapid-fire pacing through the film's plot points and barrage of exposition in the first act, his pantomime direction - consistently getting the most histrionic actors to perform soapy melodrama screeched at…