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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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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    I'd watched 2001: A Space Odyssey a few times before college and largely found the experience to be pretty flummoxing. Then in college I took a literature course for science fiction and read Arthur C. Clarke's novel, coming away from the story with a whole new appreciation for what Stanley Kubrick does here. I watched the film once fairly quickly after reading the book, and that was the last time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey until now. That, uh...…

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★½

    Shit, son. The Innocents is intense. Almost grotesquely so. It feels like a combination, perhaps, of The Others and The Haunting (predating both; I'm confident that The Others got most of its aesthetic inspiration here), but you could probably trace a lot of house-based horror back to what The Innocents does.

    A new governess, Miss Giddens, is hired by an uncle for his parentless niece and nephew. He wants nothing to do with them—preferring to shoulder the fiscal burden, not…

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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…