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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★

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

    Gonna point form this...

    - Despite the title, this is less a remake of the original HALLOWEEN than another attempt at HALLOWEEN H20, even weirdly sharing a bathroom scene from that movie in what even looks like the same bathroom.

    - Two of the murder sequences are well done - the one with the prisoner bus and the one in the backyard, though honestly I don't know why Allyson was so mad at that kid. He misread the situation, backed…

  • Prince and the N.P.G. Present... 3 Chains o' Gold

    Prince and the N.P.G. Present... 3 Chains o' Gold

    ★★★

    I think Prince was really interesting as a filmmaker, but he was either out of his time or out of time entirely. As I said in my GRAFFITI BRIDGE review, Prince was making experimental concept films within the visual language of MTV. There isn't much appreciation for using mainstream techniques to build something that isn't really mainstream, or for any fictitious feature with so loose an approach to "story." Yet Prince knew that great movies aren't about the "rules" but…

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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★

    This is the saddest, most sickened slasher movie I've seen. It's so aggressively NOT FUN, it becomes admirable. Laurie's PTSD is a slide into teen oblivion, as though this is really a take on FIRE WALK WITH ME. There's a murder scene that's impact is not excitement or sadistic glee, but actual grief. And while the photography is inconsistent (most of the daylight stuff is a mess), there's a nighttime shot in a rainy parking lot that's straight up gorgeous.

    (This only pertains to the director's cut, which is the only way one should ever watch this.)

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    It's curious how many reviews on here say this is way better than they remembered it being. There was obviously something askew about blockbuster expectations in 1996, and I'm not sure what that was, but it brings me to two points...

    1) The plotting of this movie was criticized as too convoluted at the time, while watching it now, it's relatively tight. Which is to say, you can identify what this movie is about more clearly than the strung together…