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  • Serpico

    Serpico

    ★★★

    A good film, and well worth seeing for Pacino's excellent performance. But Serpico didn't wow me like other Lumet films, such as 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, or Network. Maybe it was the script. I felt like it could have been more emotionally involving. Corruption really pisses me off, because it involves people who are supposed to be the good guys, but I didn't feel much anger about this story. It just kind of unfolded the way I expected it to and that was it. I enjoyed this film but I don't think it's one I will be rewatching very often.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★

    Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a slow burn horror film like I thought I was, and I can see myself reassessing and potentially embracing this film years down the road, but A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night mostly bored me. It's frustrating because the soundtrack is incredible, the cinematography is striking, and I loved the idea of this film. But the extremely deliberate pacing really killed it for me, and I completely lost interest in where…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★★

    Sleepaway Camp will always hold a special place in my heart, because of my memory of renting the VHS from the video store years ago. I was young and didn't have access to the Net back then, so I knew absolutely nothing about this movie when I picked the box up off the shelf. The lack of photos from the movie on the back cover didn't help either, but the phony letter from a frightened camper printed on the back…

  • The House That Screamed

    The House That Screamed

    ★★★★★

    Man, oh, man! Just when I'm beginning to think I've seen every horror movie worth watching, an obscure gem like this one here sneaks up on me and blows me right the fuck away. 'La Residencia' is an unjustly overlooked masterpiece. It's a bit leisurely-paced, but the characters and mood and atmosphere – not to mention the lush, melodic score by Waldo de los Ríos – are all strong enough to hold interest. By the end, I was spellbound. See it!