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  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★

    Hoop-tober 5 - Film #2

    Tobe Hooper film

    As campy, cheesy and bad as you'd expect from a low-budget 80s horror. Hooper's use of setting to create fear is notably very good; the inside of the titular funhouse and its props overwhelm and convey a sense of claustrophobia for the characters and audience. The two-headed cow, mutant baby and other carnival spectacles also add to the film's general weirdness. Visually the film just works really well.

    However, it suffers from…

  • Ringu

    Ringu

    ★★

    Hoop-tober 5 - Film #1

    Anniversary film
    Country - Japan

    While I admire the originality of Ringu's concept and the societal worries it conveys of that era (and translates well to 2018, i.e.the rise of modern technology). It just didn't hold up for me. A film that is definitely a victim of outdatedness; not scary at all, the plot is slow and meandering, and far too often goes into hokiness territory whilst simultaneously trying to exude a lingering sense of…

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  • Stuck in Love

    Stuck in Love

    ★★★★

    The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Easy A, 500 Days of Summer and Serendipity are a handful of films that, if you look at externally, have some issues. But each one of those films are special to me, and it all comes down to a simple fact: they struck the right chord with me. I am blind to their faults due to how subjectively enamored I am with how they present themselves to me as a person.…

  • X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class

    ★★★★

    With a strong script, smart direction from Matthew Vaughn and a stellar cast, X-Men: First Class is both a mature origins story and an entertainingly ambitious superhero film. The chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender is fantastic, Jennifer Lawrence is great in her first mainstream role, and Kevin Bacon is convincing as the lead antagonist. Can't wait for round two.

    Still can't get over how shit Nicholas Hoult's Beast looks after his mutation enhances, though.