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  • Black Christmas
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  • Jamie Marks Is Dead

    ★★★½

  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

  • Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance

    ★★

  • Halloween

    ★★½

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    Every year on my birthday, I pick a favorite film to analyze. And even though I just rewatched Punch Drunk Love a month ago, I decided it was the one, especially since I was with someone who hasn't seen it yet.

    Punch Drunk Love is towards the top on my list of PTA films, yet it feels like an outlier in his filmography (though that's a feeling reduced since the release of Licorice Pizza)

    In PTA'S career up until Punch…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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

    Probably my favorite movie of the 21st century and one of my favorites of all time. It's my birthday, so it was the first movie I thought to rewatch to celebrate.

    What makes this movie special is it can be watched on a more surface level as a neo-western, with some twists and turns thrown in; it can be watched as an older man coming to terms with the chaos of a new violent world; or it can be watched…

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  • Jamie Marks Is Dead

    Jamie Marks Is Dead

    ★★★½

    A tenderness to this movie that is so sincere that it saves it from over-sentimentality. It seems apparent pretty immediately, regardless of it being on a horror channel like Shudder, that horror isn't its main objective. Even the moments that could have been scarier are filmed with wider angles and a score indicating terror isn't the point.

    The deliberate pace and melancholic nature may turn off many, as they may just find it downright boring. But with each scene locked into the overall motif, the film worked for me in delivering a sadness that feels relatable and incredibly personal to director Carter Smith

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    I know, part 2 is the superior entry. It's one my top horror movies ever. It's better and I tell everyone getting into the franchise to start with it.

    However there's something so raw and amateurish about the original that when it does these incredible shots and set pieces that will forever define most of Raimi's career, it feels so remarkably brilliant.

    This gives me the feeling of not only being with the characters who go to the cabin, but…

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    X

    ★★★★½

    Texas Chainsaw ASSacre

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★½

    This just made me miss Wes. The sunny jigsaw puzzle of gore he gave us is traded in for a drearier melodrama with a lot of dutch angles. This feels like a reset on a property that was a perfectly fine living breathing franchise that successfully lived beyond the first one. The humor and meta elements didn't work for me and felt forced.

    There are some good set pieces and Ghostface is pretty scary at times. I'm close to giving it a 3. It just felt off.

    Review on Friday.