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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★

    Dimishing returns.

  • Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch

    Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch

    Oof, this is about as hard a downgrade as a horror franchise can get. I'm pretty certain there's about 3 minutes of enjoyable footage in this 90 minute film. Actually, I'm sure of it, because they reused it all for the credits.

    8/31

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Jurassic World represents the worst of modern filmmaking.

    A Spielbergian blockbuster without the Spielberg touch, Jurassic World gets almost everything wrong, while remaining incredibly, boringly formulaic. The result is a dumb popcorn movie less interesting than the titular popcorn we need to consume to keep us occupied. Here's what I took issue with most:

    First, the characters are bland, one-note caricatures who either don't change at all or change entirely.

    Second, the plot consists entirely of set-pieces rather than scenes:…

  • Hoop Dreams

    Hoop Dreams

    ★★★★★

    As I lie here in my bed, anxious and doubtful about my uncertain future, I can only think of Hoop Dreams and the two boys so sure of theirs. This is a movie about the power of dreams and the perseverance of humanity in the face of nigh insurmountable obstacles. But it's also about the degradation and corruption of dreams - by circumstances of birth, by responsibility, and by what some people call luck, fate or simple statistics.

    For these…