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  • Night of the Creeps

    Night of the Creeps

    ★★★★½

    The Sixth Hoop-tober Sense Chapter Twenty: Thrill Me

    "I'm so sure. Very hilarious, Brad."

    I had an amicable breakup with the concept of "guilty pleasure" years ago. As far as I'm concerned, anything enjoyable is worth enjoying; it doesn't matter at all if it's objectively "good enough" to justify the positive feelings you get from it. Do you like Taylor Swift? Stephanie Meyer? NCIS? That's great! It is a good thing to enjoy things and know that you are enjoying…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    October 1999

    I’m in my late teens when I have my first really severe depressive episode. In hindsight, I’ve been showing low-grade symptoms of depression since I was eleven, but fall ’99 is my first time getting crushed really hard under my own brain. I’m not suicidal or anything; I’d just like to be able to take a little break from existing, and I fucking can’t. Shit.

    I’m the kind of person who will grow up to publicly post autobiographical…

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★

    Birth Year Challenge Chapter Five: Baby David Caruso

    "Let it go. Let it. Go."

    I concede that this movie is good at being the thing that it is; I'm just not really into that thing. I mean, that gas station definitely blowed up real good. And the initial hunt in the woods was pretty tense and fun. I'm not sorry I watched it once.

  • The Thing from Another World

    The Thing from Another World

    ★★★★½

    "An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles."

    Alien invasion SF and Hawksian chatty camaraderie make such a good combination. There's always a lot of fun in watching the way the group hangs together in this kind of ensemble movie. For example, notice how Scotty both does and doesn't embody the cliché of the obnoxious journalist: he's plenty pushy about butting into sensitive information and submitting his story, but he also totally fits in and pulls his weight, picking up an ice…

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  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★½

    The Sixth Hoop-tober Sense Chapter Two: OH GODDAMMIT

    "I wanted us to claim this place. Name it."

    Scariest movie I've seen in a long time: perfectly paced, serious-minded explorer horror with a bleak, dark heart and characters well worth caring about, even the couple of them who are being hideously stupid right from the jump. Honestly, this might be even more unbearably intense without the external monsters: by the time those hairless nasties show up, there's already been enough trauma,…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    FUUUUuuuuuu

    Hooptober 5.0 #3 (fulfills Hooper requirement, of course)

    I didn't sleep the night I watched this. It got way under my skin and made a home there. Not sure any horror movie has ever done that before.

    I really hope the driver of the first truck got away.