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  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

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    Unbelievably terrible. I loved it.

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

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    Is there a more visually memorable product of the 80โ€™s than Beetlejuice? There might be, yeah, but Iโ€™m drawing a hard blank right now.

    One of the things about this movie that Iโ€™ve always found slightly frustrating is the fact that almost nothing happens in it. By the writerโ€™s* own admission (if memory serves), there really isnโ€™t much of a story here. Something I realized while rewatching the film is that this might actually be one of its secret strengths;โ€ฆ

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

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    This is garbage, man. Occasionally elevated by some striking imagery and a good performance by tha Cage, Mandy is about as basic a revenge film (structurally, at least) as you could possibly expect. The story and characters are both deliriously uninteresting, and it fascinates me that a director who seems so attentive to craft and aesthetic would settle for such a simplistic end-product. The over-stylization only exacerbates this problem. Thereโ€™s nothing to think about, here. No meaning.

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

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    A big reason for the appeal of John Carpenterโ€™s Halloween, in my eyes, is that itโ€™s such a modestly budgeted film, made with so much style and confidence in its direction that its other limitations donโ€™t really register.

    This one is sort of an inverse of that; a shiny, competently made slasher with little style to speak of and a distracting lack of confidence. Itโ€™s a film that seems overly preoccupied with the fact that itโ€™s a sequel to Halloweenโ€ฆ