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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #7

    Even though it's a more than a classic, the beginning of an entire horror genre, I don't revisit this often. When I do, I find it still feels special, even after the zombie menace has seen so many permutations in the years since. It’s simple and sparse and bleak in a way that’s arresting: one house, one truck, one gun, six people, one horde of the undead.

    Within that small context it explores the fledgling…

  • Unfriended: Dark Web

    Unfriended: Dark Web

    ★½

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #17

    A slave to its format, which is no longer a novelty, this wanders into hazy technical territory and weaves a narrative that puzzles without frightening, and makes a distracting mess in the process.

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  • Johnny Suede

    Johnny Suede

    ★★

    This is one of those little movies that defies all genres by quirk-addled accident. Not funny enough to be a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, not wacky or gross enough to be whatever it is that John Waters makes. Johnny Suede would be just a cute throwaway movie if not for the immense talent taking shape right before your eyes in Brad Pitt and Catherine Keener. Even so, it's barely worth a watch to see them, albino Nick Cave, and a brief glimpse of Sam Jackson, because that's really all there is to see.

  • Roger Dodger

    Roger Dodger

    ★★★½

    In Jesse Eisenberg's major film debut, his blend of awkwardness, precociousness, and perfect comic timing are already almost fully developed. This is a memorable little story with a lot of sharp dialogue mostly delivered by Campbell Scott as his character misguidedly attempts to shepherd Eisenberg's into manhood to distract himself from his own continuing failure to grow up.