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  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★★

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

    "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar coated topping. There is another world beneath it, the real world. And if you want to learn to survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger."

    This speech precedes the release of The Matrix by about six months. Complain about the CGI, one-liners, and thin (though well-acted) villain all you like: Blade is gritty, bloody, and rife with class/race struggles all wrapped in the trappings of…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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    I somehow managed to avoid spoilers for this film in the wait for the Japanese release. I'm very confused as to the copious amount of negative reviews.

    Covenant achieves two things that Prometheus failed to do; first, to have characters making believable decisions, and second, to make the moviegoing experience uncomfortable for men once more. The first point is achieved in the fact there are no categorically ridiculous moments like Meredith Vickers not thinking to run a different direction.

    As…

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  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    ★½

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    In no way as impressive as the first entry. Buries the displaced persons narrative under too much Disney flak, and also criminally underuses Miyavi.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★½

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

    Vera Farmiga and Watanabe Ken and some awesome monster fights couldn’t save this film. It doesn’t work to have flat characters and unbelievable physics in the smaller sets; nearly every scene was a “well that should have been fatal” eyeroll. Oh well.

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  • Hell House LLC

    Hell House LLC

    ★★★★½

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

    A found footage film that has two major things going for it: a believable premise for the format, and consistent privileging of creepiness over jump scares.

    Hell House LLC is another one of those "see what happens to people who leave NYC and dare to venture to other parts of the state" films that always entertains me as a Central New Yorker. Sara's early complaint that in NYC one can leave a creepy place and get a slice of pizza…

  • The Pact

    The Pact

    ★★★

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    This film works well for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to some deliberate pacing choices and cinematography that induce a constant sense of unease.

    It takes a lot to craft an effective haunted house film, especially one that successfully unfolds at a gradual pace. The Pact may not be for everyone, but despite some of the setbacks (especially plot holes), this is worth a watch.