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  • Carrie
  • Boogie Nights
  • Evil Dead II
  • Casablanca

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  • Escape The Undertaker

  • Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    ★★★½

  • Alice, Sweet Alice

    ★★★★½

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★★

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Probably my favorite movie of the 21st century and one of my favorites of all time. It's my birthday, so it was the first movie I thought to rewatch to celebrate.

    What makes this movie special is it can be watched on a more surface level as a neo-western, with some twists and turns thrown in; it can be watched as an older man coming to terms with the chaos of a new violent world; or it can be watched…

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I rewatched this last week and I've seen it so much, so this time watching I really was analyzing (overanalyzing) it. And what struck me is it's hard to place exactly where the conflict is in the movie.

    The conflict isn't Oskar, our protagonist, being in any danger from the vampire Eli. There is no indication at all she wants to do him harm and the scenes with the two of them together are sweet and innocent, not threatening.

    The…

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  • Escape The Undertaker

    Escape The Undertaker

    It took me til like the end of the movie to realize this was interactive and I was supposed to be picking options the whole time. Every time choices came on the screen I thought it was some meta commentary on the viewer's culpability in their voyeurism. Very Haneke-ish.

  • Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    ★★★½

    A creepy and haunting film featuring Orson Welles and directed by Hilton Edwards, but really probably directed by Welles, is a tale of a man picked up on the side of the road by a driver and he proceeds to tell him a story that Welles narrates to the audience.

    It feels like a campfire ghost story. The deep, baritone voice of Welles and the eerie cinematography helps drive that feeling home. It even has flashes of Welles sardonic humor, including towards the end. Recommended watch.

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★★

    Just out of a screening and I'll write more later. Halloween Kills is brutal. The violence is so well directed by David Gordon Green, maintaining an over the top ruthlessness but never leaving the grounded reality of this world. The film is clever, exciting and at times hilarious.

    People may have a problem with the direction they go with Michael, but the choices are less about him and more the response to him. And some may feel it's not a…

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★½

    "911, what is your emergency?"

    "I'd like to report a theft. It appears a Netflix movie stole from a Danish film."

    "Ok, sir. What did they steal?"

    "The whole movie."

    "So is it a remake?"

    "It's less a remake and more like they just put the script through google translate."

    "Sir I don't know if this is an emergency."

    "It is! You aren't listening. Please arrest Netflix. You aren't taking this seriously. The original was so much better and is…