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  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★½

    This feels way more elusive than the other two Kiyoshi Kurosawa movies I've seen (Cure, a masterpiece, and Creepy, merely excellent in comparison). Maybe that's just because those both focus on obsessed cops and this centers on a group of young people whose personalities are, well, elusive. It's definitely a movie of ideas. The images have an alien effectiveness to them (is anyone better at cold detachment?), but I think the creepiness is ultimately kind of outweighed by how fucking…

  • The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    ★★★★

    Tom Noonan is the most disconcerting person to ever walk this planet.

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  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    84 minutes of some of the most relentless, overwhelming, and insane visual and sonic invention ever put on film. If I like the first one just a little bit more that's because it's 85 minutes of the most relentless, overwhelming, and insane visual and sonic invention ever put on film. Hausu is probably the only remotely comparable movie I've ever seen.

  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    ★★★

    So am I the only one who thinks the first one is way better? Maybe it's because that one still feels like a genuinely weird outlier while this one feels like it's been made redundant by Fury Road.