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  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    No rating as I awoke to my girlfriend watching this and what I caught was through wincing, sleepy eyes but I will say, I was pretty struck by the moments of visual abstraction that the movie flipped out of economic necessity. And I am not solely referring to the lack of 'showing the monster' and allowing our imaginations to do the dirty work. What I'm talking about are the held moments of flashlight beams on smeared trees while the characters…

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★½

    Funny how one of the most nihilistic films to have been created is also responsible for an ongoing torrent of genre cinema and artistic expression. Shadows and flesh, fear and anger. Simply marvelous in its terror and woe and still able to shock and stir. Loved it.

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★½

    Nearly everyone I respect and follow on this here Letterbox has written not just extolling reviews of MV but in-depth critical analyses. I'm not smart enough for that, but I've read a lot of em, so I'll try.

    Dissecting the deconstruction and reconstruction of a cinematic grammar by the man Mann, moving from film to digital with Collateral, and continuing to explore the new grounds possible with this transition. A renaissance of a medium, the technology of the camera and…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Choice is a fallacy but try your best: what you watch is important. Any product of art or media is inherently manipulative, but try to choose the good stuff to inoculate yourself against the viruses of the insipid. Shoot some of Cronenberg's strain of it right into your goddamn veins, or retinas, or tummy vaginas; it's all good.

    *typed by a man looking at a screen, yelling into the digital ether behind a projection of myself hoping that other projections…