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  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    Wow. I felt so many frustrations for Rosemary, how powerless she was even when she thought she finally found control. The scene when she's visiting a doctor who she thinks will help her, only to be betrayed, is heartbreaking. But it's understandable that Dr. Hill would turn her over, which is even sadder. He has no reason not to trust Rosemary's husband or doctor, except her own word. That word, though, should have been reason enough.

    The ending is haunting.…

  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    ★★★★★

    If anything, The Exorcist has the strangest sequels: a sci-fi/horror with James Earl Jones spitting up an apple; a serial killer flick that follows Detective Kinderman, the officer who shows up briefly in the original. Neither follow the traditional idea of just doing the same thing but bigger and louder. Both strike out on their own to try and create original works of art. The Exorcist III is the better sequel. Great acting, an intriguing mystery, legitimately creepy scenes: all…

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's hard to remember, because of the awful sequels that came after, but First Blood's Rambo is not a macho 80's action hero. He's a broken man who's climactic final scene is him breaking down in tears, recounting how one of his squad mates and friends in the Vietnam War died. This was not how other 80's action hero's ended their films. The empathy First Blood shows for its leading hero, John Rambo, makes it special in the canon of…

  • The Last Stand

    The Last Stand

    ★★★½

    The Last Stand, Jee-woon Kim's American debut, is a goofy blockbuster staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Peter Stormare, and Jaimie Alexander. The action is goofy, some of the characters are weird, and the premise is a little hokey. But there's a strange endearing quality to the whole film, which is probably thanks to Jee-woon Kim. I have yet to see any of his Korean films, but I want to rectify that situation as soon as possible.