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  • Whisper of the Heart
  • You Can't Take It with You
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

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  • The Hole

    ★★

  • Joy Ride

    ★★★★

  • No One Gets Out Alive

    ★★★★

  • Evolution

    ★★★

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  • The Hole

    The Hole

    ★★

    Half procedural, half locked room hoodunit. The beats of the story work fairly well. The actors are all doing their best but I just hated the characters as written. These four get locked in a weird bunker because they wanted to "party" instead of go hiking in Wales or go home. Fuck all of these posh shits. I didn't feel a murmur of an emotion when any of them died. Everything's told in flashbacks and Rashomon-style revised-remembering. Chopping your story…

  • Joy Ride

    Joy Ride

    ★★★★

    Well executed highway stalker flick in the mode of Road Games or Duel. Great cast. Takes its time but once it kicks off, this film is all tension and gritted teeth.

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  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★½

    Maybe Zack Snyder should have been a cinematographer. I noticed in the opening credits he was writer, director and DP on this film. Of the three, he demonstrated competence only at the third. Well… if you can forgive his repeated cutesy use of shallow depth of field. But I blame director Snyder for that.

    Where to start with this mess? This film should have an hour cut from it. Cut half the characters. Cut half the endings (I think there…

  • Hunter Hunter

    Hunter Hunter

    ★★★★★

    Beautifully executed tension. A family lives by choice out in the wild far from anyone else. They find themselves prey for a wolf. This film isolates them in a unique way. Makes the threat of the wolf immediate and palpable. Great "show don't tell" writing and filmmaking. Very patient. The threat builds and builds and the POV is masterfully narrowed. Ends with the most bittersweet skinning alive you'll ever see.