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  • Child's Play 2
  • The Exorcist III
  • The Blob
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    ★★½

  • Rocketman

    ★★★★

  • The Haunted Mansion

    ★★

  • The Death of David Cronenberg

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2021

    A profoundly moving film about grief, regret, and a Saab 900 Turbo, exploring the understanding of one’s self before it is possible to thoroughly engage with another. 

    I’ll be honest here. It’s late. I’m drained. I feel like I’ll ramble while processing the film. Please forgive the word salad that may follow. 

    This Ryusuke Hamaguchi visualization of the Haruki Murakami short story that sees its characters tackle Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is tied together by the curious choice…

  • Murina

    Murina

    ★★★★

    TIFF 2021

    Murina is a remarkable coming of age film under the pressures of a toxic patriarchy while navigating the confusing emotions of hatred and love, hormonal frustration, and a pseudo-Electra complex. An impressive feature debut for writer/director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović and lead Gracija Filipović. Most deserving of the Caméra d’Or. 

    The anti-chemistry between Julja (Gracija Filipović) and Ante (Leon Lučev) is potent. The vicious verbal bullying and aggressive threat of domestic violence inflicted by the father is in stark…

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    ★★½

    No monumental slasher franchise can deliver with its fifth instalment.

    This is neither good nor bad. Maybe just ill-conceived. If you stripped out the pregnancy and Freddy’s origin plot lines, and saved the gory scenes left on the cutting-room floor by the MPAA and New Line, this could have been a series of creative set pieces worthy of the film‘s predecessors. (Sidebar: the motorcycle kill has shades of Dream Warriors meets Hellraiser, the comic book sequence is top tier Elm…

  • The Haunted Mansion

    The Haunted Mansion

    ★★

    I didn’t so much watch this as be subjected to it while it was on in the room while I was working. But I feel like I earned the log.

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  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    ★★★½

    This movie’s still fine. If it wasn’t the cast-aside Carrie vs. Jason pitch, or if the MPAA hadn’t butchered the original cut, I think it could’ve stood as one of the better, more brutal Voorhees rampages. And yes, I’m finally getting around to the back half of the Scream Factory box set. Looks great, as expected. There are some fun performances and Kane Hodder makes a statement with his first outing as zombie Jason. It’s just a little odd to…

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★

    Alright, horror-leaning cinephiles. You can get all barred up over Aster and Eggers as modern masters of horror. But James Wan has been delivering horror movies the way you think you remember them being for a while now. The Conjuring is popcorn studio horror at its finest, and sometimes (read: most times) that’s all I’m looking for. Wan is the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln of my 21st century horror Mt. Rushmore.