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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Back to the Future
  • Ratatouille
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  • Scream 4

    ★★★

  • Scream 3

    ★★½

  • Barney's Great Adventure

    ★★

  • Lamb

    ★★½

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  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★

    The first Scream movie in which the focus of the meta-humor is downright misplaced. As much as the narrative retreads the original film, it's not really a remake in the conventional sense since it still has the original incarnations of familiar faces. Because of that, most of the gags are weirdly incompatible with the meat of the film. Doesn't help either that from a visual standpoint, it opts for an unpleasant hazy aesthetic that none of the Scream movies used…

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★½

    Am I treating this subpar slasher movie somewhat kindly because the pairing of Courteney Cox and Parker Posey is just that legendary? Well, it's not the only reason - the sequence with Sidney at the house set nicely taps into how sequels can revisit familiar material for character building - but I am confident in saying it's the biggest one. A big downgrade from the previous two films in most regards, but it is fascinating to see a movie that touches upon the predatorial side of Hollywood with backing from the Weinsteins of all people.

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  • Duel

    Duel

    ★★★★

    Duel is probably the most literal example of "nightmare fuel" I have ever seen.

    Despite the TV movie limitations, Steven Spielberg has managed to convey an illogical yet completely visceral thriller better than most filmmakers today. And considering that this is widely recognized as his feature debut, that's even more impressive. The masterful editing, carefully planned shots, and insane premise create an engulfing atmosphere that only gets more tense as it goes along. Not to mention, the fact we never…

  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★

    Watched in preparation for Pete Docter's newest film, Inside Out.

    Although I like Up quite a bit, I still don't find it to be the masterpiece other people say it is. Yes, it goes without saying that the first ten minutes are absolutely brilliant, flawless even. From the opening bit of exposition to the utterly astonishing montage showing the relationship between Carl and Ellie over the course of several decades, the filmmakers managed to create possibly the greatest thing to…