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  • Made in Britain

    Made in Britain

    ★★★★½

    First review in almost a year! Hopefully I reform this habit.

    It seems almost obvious to draw comparisons between Alan Clarke's Made in Britain and Shane Meadow's much later, commercially successful film This Is England. Both explore the deeper sense of insecurity that racism acts as a mask for. Both relate this racism to job security in England. Both put the skinheads in situations where they befriend (though that term is much looser here...) a black man in a similar…

  • House of 1000 Corpses

    House of 1000 Corpses

    ★★★½

    This movie feels like one of those roadside haunted houses you go to whenever Halloween comes around. Instead of creating horror through suspense, Rob Zombie crams as much bloody, spooky imagery as possible into the 105 minutes this runs. Zombie wasn't lying when he says 1,000 corpses.

    But it works. Because like a haunted house, it may be cheap and fake looking and ridiculous at times, but it's so goddamn fun. Some of torture methods and stuff these guys have…

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★½

    hmmm...maybe Drive wasn't as original as I thought...

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★½

    Spielberg is so talented at injecting a sense of wonder into his films. The characters here could have been cynical. They could have been bitter. But instead, you get a group of scientists, townsfolk, and even military who may fear the unknown at first, but grow to appreciate the beauty of these aliens and the predicament in front of them. The connection to the aliens through music is beautiful! Seeing the top minds partake in something so instinctual and unselfishly…