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  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★

    I should probably revisit this in installments. At some point it mostly becomes a documentary about the practicality of Karo v. CG blood sprays, the growling and stabbing and such is well staged but exhausting. It’s good. It’s looks great and it has some light violence if that’s your thing.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    This is fun as hell. It’s flabby, you can feel it straining to get away from some of its own choices - the multiple misdirects don’t really work because the film never convinces us that the characters carrying the twists are believable - but under the debris this is a compelling, inventive, beautifully crafted, funny, heartfelt return to the very best of classic slashers. It’s far better than any of the Halloween sequels (or remakes) or Friday the 13th films…

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    When I am 80 and looking down death’s barrel this is the film that will comfort me. 


    I am stunned.

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    A memorable scene for me:
    Stormare's pre-syllabic typhoon of a hit-man has just laid out a diorama of nastiness along a remote North Dakotan road - an overturned car, an abandoned police cruiser, three bodies full of bullets. An impressive mess. The violence fades to black and we wake up in the bed room of our pregnant heroine, Marge Gundersen. She has married a hobbyist. Paintings, canvases, taxidermy. Lonely violin strains, a gentle slice of the score, usher us to dawn. It's the contrast that moves me, the hard splice of gunfire against the soft quiet of home.