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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Maybe like 8% too beholden to formulas of Halloweens past, by which I mean, rather than having another psychiatrist on the shape's trail, why not instead have some parts where kids play in an overgrown vacant lot near some rusted-out industrial equipment?!

    Even without that, this is still pretty David Gordon Green-y. Dude did a great job on making a Halloween sequel of all things.

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★

    Man, it's gotta suck to be a cop in Haddonfield. Not just because you have to deal with Michael Myers coming around and killing people/possibly you, but because even if you survive, there's Dr. Loomis bossing you around like a jackass.

    All kinds of horror-sequel stuff: pointless backstory additions that make the monster more explicable but less terrifying; bigger and more numerous and more gimmicky kills; biting stuff from the original. All that said, it's reasonably well-made as far as these things go, and there's a certain nightmarish quality that makes it effective in parts.

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  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    ★★½

    It's pretty cool to see JLC pick up that axe in the last 20 minutes with the Halloween theme kicking in, but it turns out that a pretty decent Strode/Myers rematch (with some lip service paid to Strode's trauma) can't compensate for a low-rent movie with all the atmosphere of a second-tier WB series. Introducing Josh Hartnett indeed.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★

    My dad would have loved this. I, a dad myself, also loved this. Is this the dad rock of movies?! If so, it's the good kind, like a Paul Simon album or something. This made me want to watch every stupid movie Robert Redford ever made.