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  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★

    I really don't feel much need to watch zombie movies anymore. The subgenre is toast, yet, like the proverbial beating of a dead horse with a stick, directors keep coming back to the well. Somehow director Sang-ho Yeon actually gets a couple of gasps out of the dead horse, creating one of the best zombie-themed pieces of media since 28 Weeks Later.

    He does it through several key elements working together to create a lovely whole:
    1. Actual characters that…

  • Twister

    Twister

    ★★★★½

    It seems like Twister has become forgotten. Or, if not forgotten, minimized to being just another 90s action movie that gets shown on TV semi-regularly. Hell, the Letterboxd rating average is under 3 (2.9, to be precise), which is awful. Going into this rewatch I thought it likely that my teenage memories of this film would prove more nostalgia than actual excitement, but I was way wrong.

    Twister is the full package of blockbuster action cinema.

    Let's start with the…

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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…