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  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★★

    The Halloween sequels never stood a chance. Unlike other sequel-ridden slasher series, the original Halloween is a masterpiece. A perfect film directed by one of the all time greats. It's a totally different experience to something like the original Friday the 13th. The original Friday is fun, but it's trash and it knows it. It didn't set the bar so high that there was nowhere to go. It's a series that wallows in its own filth and I love it…

  • The Lovers and the Despot

    The Lovers and the Despot

    ★★★

    I'm really obsessed with the story of Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok, which is perhaps why The Lovers and the Despot didn't do much for me. Having already read a book on the subject and dug into Shin and Choi's back catalogue, I didn't feel like this gave me anything new. It's not a terrible documentary by any stretch of the imagination. It tells the story in a reasonably engaging fashion, and I enjoyed the side trips it took when…

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  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…

  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…