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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    [abrasive synth]
    [heavy breathing]
    [doorbell ringing]

    It's been a long time since I've watched Halloween. I would get into why, but it's a boring story. Suffice to say, I didn't have access. And now I do. Wasn't sure how Halloween would hold up. I've wavered in opinion with various other cornerstone horror franchises (Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th), and it's been a long time.

    It's apparent from the opening scene that Halloween holds the FUCK up.

    Every year…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Superhero movies rarely deliver on hype. Based on the amount of eye rolling I did during the first couple of scenes, I figured Wonder Women would be another so-so trek into mildly enjoyable (but ultimately disposable) superhero cinema.

    In a rare case of a film being able to overcome a bad first impression, Wonder Woman ends up impressing with its fluid as fuck action sequences (the beach scene, in particular, is worth a standing ovation) and good on-screen chemistry between…

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  • Ringu

    Ringu

    ★★★★

    Honestly, there was little I wanted in life like a high definition release of the Ringu series. Arrow Video heard my cry and delivered--with a UK release. Sigh. I wasn't holding my breath that the US would follow suit, but a few months after UK got theirs, Arrow announced the same for the US of A. It's been a while since I believed in god, but I was offering up some honorary prayers of praise anyway.

    The wait was worth…

  • Antonio Gaudí

    Antonio Gaudí

    ★★★½

    Before Criterion, I'd never heard of Antonio Gaudi. Granted, my finger in the world of architecture is basically limited to Frank Lloyd Wright--and as great as Wright was, claiming knowledge of a subject based on knowing him would be like me saying, "Oh yeah, I'm into classical music--Beethoven! I know Beethoven!" and someone who knows a bit more saying, "And Mozart and Vivaldi and..." and me saying, "Who?"

    I don't get a cookie for knowing Beethoven, nor for knowing Wright.…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell needs to pause for a moment and look at the career of Tim Burton. Tim Burton started off as an intriguing, creative director, but then he fell in love with Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter and he stopped making movies, he started making backyard jungle gyms for his new infatuations to play about in. Quality tanked, movies sucked, life goes on because there are plenty of movies out there to watch that aren't Burton/Carter/Depp lovefests.

    David…