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  • C.H.U.D.

    C.H.U.D.

    ★★★½

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    CHUD has some of the worst monster effects and designs (they look like slimy dog boys) but they make up for it by doing the Jaws thing and show them sparingly. Instead of monsters run amok it builds intrigue from cop thriller elements and government conspiracy angle. Like Silence of the Lambs and Se7en will eventually do, CHUD is basically a movie where a gruesome horror movie is playing out somewhere in this world but we are basically just seeing the point of view of a cop and a few concerned citizens as they show up to the aftermath. It is surprisingly effective.

  • The Ranger

    The Ranger

    ★★★

    It honestly started to lose me when the slasher story started. It was a little derivative and simplistic, but it was really setting the stage for a final confrontation that had slightly more heft to it than usual.

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Comedians so often wear their struggles with social awkwardness as a badge of courage that it has become a currency. And they usually dramatize it by just doing Louie's show which is already a riff on old French and Italian films. Burnham instead focuses on a 13 year old girl for a universal, truly genuine depiction of what its like to have social awkwardness, which he accomplishes by using horror tropes for the simple mundane task of going to a party or talking to a peer in the hall.

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★

    Oddly slow for Tarantino. Was more about the TV world than movie world. I think we watched Brad Pitt drive across LA in it's entirety twice. Which is weird considering how long the movie is.

    Tarantino didn't quite capture the right balance with Tate as a symbol of Hollywood success. She's in it too often to just be a personification and not a character. He either had to give her more to do and let her become a character or less to do and keep her as a symbol.