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  • Son of Frankenstein
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Halloween II
  • Batman Returns

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  • The Sum of All Fears

    ★★★★

  • Clear and Present Danger

    ★★★★

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

  • Patriot Games

    ★★

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    Movies can live inside you. By which I mean, the really important ones that reverberate with you on a spiritual, molecular level, take on a whole new life that transcends subtext, political reading or even groundbreaking aesthetic iconography. I’ve just begun my 5th decade spent consciously obsessing over film and precious few movies I’ve watched in that interim have been as diligently studied and wholeheartedly embraced by yours truly as Tobe Hooper’s seminal masterwork from 1974, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. …

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

    Big old dumb daydreams. My deluded shrink leading me to my revelations. Have I been wasting all this time before I really started wasting all my time? Home alone except I’m never alone. Surrounded and suffocated at every turn and turning into a fat, pointless old man with a lot of lines all over my face. 

    I was a pointless boy before I became a pointless man. A boring redundancy with two balls that have since been silenced. Nothing more…

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  • The Sum of All Fears

    The Sum of All Fears

    ★★★★

    If they made a film about Affleck’s last decade, it could be reasonably be called The Sum of All Beers.

    Anyway….am I crazy or is this actually really damn good? I was expecting something ranging from middling to train wreck. What I got instead is a well above average thriller, incredibly well shot with terrifically strong performances across the board. It also sports a spine chillingly prescient narrative, surrounding a plot by fascists to set Russia and America against one…

  • Clear and Present Danger

    Clear and Present Danger

    ★★★★

    Wowzers. This was a monumental improvement over its immediate predecessor. Where Patriot Games felt needlessly convoluted with weak sauce action, Clear And Present Danger is smartly layered with a handful of thrillingly executed set pieces. This film is impressively thoughtful and nuanced in how it explores the complexity of its labyrinthine plot. And its themes regarding how crucial to democracy’s survival those in office  honoring the solemn oath they take to the American people couldn’t feel more relevant and necessary…

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  • Patriot Games

    Patriot Games

    ★★

    Film grain so heavy it looks like a swarm of gnats, car phones the size of a loaf of bread and a cast stacked with talented actors given nothing interesting to do. It must be an early 90’s mainstream thriller! After piecing together the Alex Cross movies on streaming services to check them off a list I had actually never made, I’ve decided to do the same with the middle 3 Jack Ryan movies, which are all on Paramount+. 

    I…

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    Noticed I got the new 4K/Atmos upgrade for this in ITunes, so I wanted to give the audio and picture quality a quick sample, then ended up watching the whole film. I would imagine I got sucked into it because it’s essentially a perfect movie on every level. And I hate time loop movies. But this one is simply remarkable. It’s thematically profound and emotionally resonant in a way I’ve never found Groundhog’s Day or other films within this specific…