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  • Better Watch Out

    Better Watch Out

    ★★★½

    Halloween Horror Haul 2017 #5

    "Fear really makes girls wet."

    We're currently experiencing a wave of nostalgic '80s-inspired horror, sparking pop culture phenomenons on screens both big (It) and small (Stranger Things). One element that's been consistently ignored is how often our beloved '80s horror flicks were misogynistic teen boy fantasies. Enter Better Watch Out, which begins as a creepy Yuletide-tinged horror movie before taking its pubescent protagonist's half-formed ideas about women and sex to its logical, albeit extreme, conclusion.…

  • Cold Moon

    Cold Moon

    ★½

    Halloween Horror Haul 2017 #4

    How the fuck do you put Tommy Wiseau in your schlocky D-grade horror movie without giving him a single line of dialogue? Especially when that schlocky D-grade horror movie also doubles as Tennessee Williams-esque melodrama? Cold Moon is a film that can't decide if it wants to played for laughs or taken seriously. As such, it can't be either.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.