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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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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★

    While I've kept up with the Star Wars movies, it's been a long time since I've watched through the series. I'm in the mood to do so, so it's happening unless I get distracted by something else before I finish. It's a lot of movies--I might get distracted because I'm basically a crow hoarding shiny, sparkly things, and it's entirely possible a new shiny sparkly thing will capture my attention by next week, tomorrow, or three hours from now.

    I'm…

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    Criterion Task 2019: 6/100
    Criterion Spine: 336

    It's insane how identifiable Dazed and Confused is, as if it reached back to the late 90s and pulled my own high school experiences onto the screen for all to see. Except this is set in 1976, and my tame, goodie two-shoes high school life was drug/alcohol/party-avoidant and freshman hazing wasn't really a thing at my high school. So frankly that strips out just about every identifiable piece of Dazed and Confused and…

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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★★

    Woof, woof!

    I'd heard nothing about this film. I mean, neither the poster nor the title screamed "WATCH ME!" because you can find a thousand shitty films with bland, one-word titles with a grim-looking white man and a shattered mirror in front of it. I just gloss right over shit that looks like this. I was kind of shocked this past week when I discovered Split is actually a film by M. Night Shyamalan. Alright. I'm in.

    And it so…

  • 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.…