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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    From the first breathtaking shot of Queen Anne's lavish gold trimmed ornate bedroom, Lanthimos creates an incessant fixation to the visual and lingual layers of his newest Barry Lyndon-esque dark comedy

    Where Dogtooth was sometimes too cruel to watch, and The Lobster and Sacred Deer sometimes too awkward to bear, The Favourite is obsessively watchable. You might get more stimulation out of trying to decode the veneer of weirdness in Lanthimos' other work, but this is like eating comfort food.…

  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    ★★

    Weirdly not bad but also oddly terrible

    Does that make sense? Did anyone making this film care? Why would I?

    Also why does Leatherface's mask keep getting worse and worse as the series goes on? It's kind of like how each Halloween film increases its budget but the Mike Myers mask keeps getting cheaper looking. I have no explanation.

    There are some actually pretty impressively framed shots and Ken Foree lights this thing up the best he can but a…

  • Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe

    Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe

    I used to want to be just like Predator Jesse Ventura

    These days I'm feeling more like Abraxas Jesse Ventura

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Winter just refuses to go away here in Missouri. We bounce between weekends with 60+ degree highs and days with 7 inches of snowfall. Just as the snow is finally starting to melt on the ground I hear next week is going to rear another small winter storm....

    That's not the only thing weighing on my mind right now though.

    On one of those snowy nights last week (or was it a month ago?) I decided to revisit a film…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark

    ★★

    I've never been able to get over this films annoying aesthetic. Its ugly, boring, goofy and the emotional fuel to the film is laughably over the top and out of reach for most people to identify with

    I like to think Lars laughs hysterically at the people who actually think this film is sad or are able to connect with it. Like the thing is one big joke to him for making people feel something. On that level I can…

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Holy crap there was a lot going on in this one. McQueen lays so much out on the table and reminds everyone that he lives and breathes the cinematic process. There is both a good and bad version of this film (the modern day heist film a-la Hurricane Heist or some shit) that exists out there in the world and we got the really good one only because McQueen was behind the camera and we have some really good performances…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★

    Halloween was finally allowed to be Halloween again, albeit interspersed between cringe attempts at humor and some completely tone-less slashings. Those fleeting moments of Michael Myers walking down a crowded street full of trick 'r treaters are few, but its what weve been wanting to see for decades.

    I admire what DGG was trying to go for here, but too often I was wondering what someone with a better understanding of tension wouldve done with with Michael and Laurie. I'm…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★★

    At the time probably one of the most repulsive and creatively bankrupt sequel attempts in film history, I think TCM2 can now be looked at in an entirely new light in a post-sequel, post-reboot dominated cinematic landscape.

    On a thematic level I could describe this film as observing the psycho-sexual tendencies of the original, but this time in a neon lit Fellini-esque carnival of raw flesh, bone and Christmas lights of all things. But from a more practical, behind the…

  • Cold Pursuit

    Cold Pursuit

    ★★★★

    "Greatest Broncos Quarterback of all time: Elway or Manning?"
    "....Elway?"
    *nods head*
    *blows a hole in the goons chest with a sawed off sniper rifle*

    Without a doubt this is the best genre film of its type ever made; that is, the Liam Neeson Vehicular Related Action Genre vs. The Liam Neeson Revenge Genre. It's basically a unique mashup of the two, and a surprisingly wild ride.

    Based on a Scandinavian film and remade by the same director, Cold Pursuit

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Some takeaways here

    1. Dakota Johnson is becoming less and less awful with each passing film she doesnt have to get bound and spanked by a low grade tv actor. This is great news. I really like her.

    2. John Hamm and Chris Hemsworth shouldve switched roles. It's hard to go into detail why without spoilers but basically they both played the parts fine but I think a role reversal would've played to their strengths more. I feel like the…

  • Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch
  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Its incredible to me how easy it is to get sucked back into the world of Alien every time you watch it. I've reviewed the film before and I've said alot about the perfectly conceived structure of the story and how the evolving form of the xenomorph crawling somewhere in the vents was a groundbreaking horror element. What makes this film an utter classic for me though is the beautifully, and fully realized science fiction setting that has not aged…