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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    This is still haunting me a day after re-watching. It's always Brad Dourif's screaming that flashes in my memory, or a large, pastel field with a black giant tracing across it; his sudden appearance and predatory, hawk-dive into relentlessness. Taylor-Compton's maligned performance registers as what it is: the portrayal of a wreck of a person, her innards so carved out that it could only inevitably be filled by darkness. Like a long epilogue to the first film, by re-stating their…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★★★

    Incredibly depressing and disappointing, which is the entire point for a film that inevitably carries the plot points this one does. The whole crux of the saga relies here on Christensen's pathetic wailing (a practically blubbering performance complete with angry stares and lone tears). Lucas's evil, the dark side, is fully portrayed as pathetic and low, disfiguring and corrupting (Anakin's compromise with Palpatine is thus incredibly specious, but once given-in becomes absolute). The good-doers stasis, the inherent corruption of government,…