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  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★½

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

  • Insidious

    Insidious

    ★★

    From James Wan comes Insidious, The Conjuring's annoyingly dull cousin. The first 50 minutes of this is such a cookie cutter exposition with few positives to redeem it. Though the leads' acting were passable, their stupidity hurts them as likable characters. The dialogue is bland at best, cringe worthy at worst. Like there's some real horrible lines from the exposition alone. It's all so cliche ridden and too boring to be an effective buildup. The slow camera is kinda cool,…