Stephen Steinbacher

Stephen Steinbacher

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Denver based director/DP. Review my movies

JUNKY
dogs
Abe's World
Celestial Being
CRUEL

People Having Fun coming soon!

Favorite films

  • People Having Fun
  • Totally Fucked Up
  • Reflections of Evil
  • Haze

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  • The Boston Strangler

    ★★★★

  • White Chicks

    ★★★½

  • The Dante Quartet

  • Eye Myth

    ★★★★★

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  • CRUEL

    CRUEL

    I always worried this short was a lil rough around the edges for Letterboxd but I've been hearing more and more from genreheads that it's my best work. CRUEL was my return to filmmaking after two years of despair and the process of making this silly scarecrow splatter flick genuinely gave my life new meaning. I went in depth about the journey behind this film in my The House That Jack Built review (the only decent thing I've ever written…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    I've never written a review, or really anything this personal before, but I believe this is the only way I can properly articulate my love and connection to this film. Since the end of 2016 I've been dealing with serious mental health issues, and in September I started seeing a therapist. I'd been experiencing heavy paranoia and have been unable to get past the loss of a close friend. Crippling depression and self destructive tendencies led me into a job…

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  • The Boston Strangler

    The Boston Strangler

    ★★★★

    Dated script and maybe a little dry in tone but the direction, photography, edit and performances in The Boston Strangler are mind blowing. Tony Curtis is on another level here and the aesthetics aren't far off from what you'd find in early De Palma films, although he unfortunately never made anything with quite this much splitscreen. The crazy cutting and composite shots aren't carried over to every single scene but this is up there with Vortex for my favorite usage…

  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★

    Knock at the Cabin is a well directed and paced little thriller that I can't help but feel is a bit of a step back for M. Night on just about every front. Despite the undeniable competency all around, this is missing the aesthetic and narrative audacity that made Shyamalan's last few theatrical ventures so memorable.

    That's not to say it doesn't have strengths, Bautista and Groff do an incredible job of keeping this grounded and Kristen Cui gives one…

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  • Seance

    Seance

    ★★★★

    The best Scream movie since 1996.

    As a long time fan of Simon Barrett's writing I've been looking forward to his directorial debut, but this effected me emotionally in ways that I wasn't prepared for. A feeling of loss permeates through Seance from its opening frames, yet this melancholic banger never loses its sense of fun. Everyone is bringing their A-game from costuming to score and indie GOAT Karim Hussain reinvents his visual stylings flawlessly with this cold, slick, flare…

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★

    Near religious moviegoing experience for a dumbass like me. Peaks a little early with Knoxville's Hell segment but the sketches are as consistent as ever and the Loiter Squad reunion warmed my little heart. Loved the new additions to the crew and the stunts are delightfully cruel. Hope they never stop making these, Jackass Forever indeed.