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  • The Brood
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Lake Mungo
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  • The Empty Man

    ★★★

  • Castle Freak

    ★★★★

  • Evil Dead II

    ★★★★

  • Vampires

    ★★

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  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    ★★★★

    One of the most striking final moments of Matthew Weiner’s 2007-2015 American period drama Mad Men finds its main character, Don Draper, driving off into the sunset as the sounds of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ crescendo into its triumphant chorus. In the context of Mad Men, the song represents not only the end of the show but also the end of the decade it attempted to faithfully capture. With just one song, the show re-contextualizes the historical feeling of everything…

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    ★★★★

    “Go all the way through with it”, is a line repeated more than once throughout David Cronenberg’s The Brood, always by one Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed). In the context of the film, it’s a sentence of encouragement for the doctor’s patients, who are all suffering from various psychological ailments and are desperately searching for help through psychoplasmics, a fictional form of guided psychiatric therapy wherein illnesses of the mind are literally forced to manifest on the body. The film’s…

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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★

    a surprisingly good, patient film that intersects the urban legend spirit of creepypasta with the eerie, disorienting craftmanship of a filmmaker like kiyoshi kurosawa. couldn't really buy into the creepypasta stuff but i liked everything else about it. truly astonished that this was made and released in the united states.

  • Castle Freak

    Castle Freak

    ★★★★

    there is a castle, and there is a freak. hell yeah.

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★

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

    A very conflicting film. The first half is astounding, a sweepingly poetic landscape of nostalgia for the past and excited hope for the future. The production design and cinematography are predictably breathtaking- I've thought fondly about that shot on the poster ever since I first laid eyes on it. Ennio Morricone delivers his best Leone score, second only to Once Upon A Time In The West.

    Yet almost immediately after we're reintroduced to our adult gang of characters, the film…