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  • Saw VI

    Saw VI

    ★★

    Somewhere in here, amid the late '90s / early '00s J-horror lighting and wanton violence of the steam maze and shotgun carousel and acid needle grid, there's a hell of a fun lean little self-contained torture slasher about vengeance against predatory health insurance companies and a twisted retributive logic... however, it's buried under yet another movie of Hoffman bullshit police procedural nonsense and retcon flashbacks on top of retcon flashbacks.

    I know that if I can't handle the series at…

  • Saw V

    Saw V

    This one also has an opening that kinda whips and an ending that had me chuckling while being dull as fuck and not really going anywhere throughout most of the middle, but not nearly as galaxy-brained in its denouement as III is, so this gets a half star less, I don't give a fuck, all sense of standards I have for rating things are entirely going out the window the further I continue through these

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  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★½

    ANNA COBB!!!!!

    Oh man, this had so many things going for it that are exactly my kind of shit:

    • Reconfigurative use of horror media such as creepypasta and the occult to center on depersonalization, depressive malaise, and the desperations of suicidal ideation
    • Meditative yet unsettlingly long unbroken takes moving across several actions/locations/points of focus
    • Unpredictable Noroi-esque genre/medium pivots
    • Scenes that could haltingly change mood on a moment's notice based on a single jarring action from the…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★

    Lost me in Minute 1 by depicting two people in the unrealistic scenario of willingly singing a song from Painting With.

    For people who thought Moonlight needed the subtlety of a sledgehammer or that American Honey needed more unnecessary stylistic flairs (what do the aspect ratio changes even accomplish! why is the soundtrack outsourced by an Indieheads teen! why are 3 different versions of "Be Above It" licensed for this!)

    I gave Shults the benefit of the doubt on It…