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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    This is a film I want to love and I almost do. It's great, so fucking smart and self aware in all my favourite ways. The thing that holds the rating back from going any higher is the company I was viewing it with. One of the guys would make comments at the film at least once a minute. Sometimes it was a bad joke, sometimes it was repeating a joke from the film and the rest of the time…

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

    This is the kind of film that is fully aware of its 85 minute runtime, as it wastes precisely zero of that time, preferring to just keep chucking fun and silly gore everywhere. Should have watched it drunk and with some buddies, so watch out fourth year housemates: you guys are next.

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    ★★★★½

    This film is great and now I want to take a bath in fucking acid. Call that a recommendation I guess.

  • Phantasm

    Phantasm

    ★★½

    I dunno, this takes itself just a little too seriously for me to really get into it. The score is pretty solid and there is one amazing use of blood but I'd like it more if I'd seen it with a bunch of mates or if it was way stupider.

  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    ★★★½

    Really really fun! Less of a musical, more of a "women hustling men" flick and that's totally cool with me!

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★½

    For me, this film weirdly occupies a similar space to Toy Story 4: it is another tale in a world I love, that didn't need to happen and that I honestly didn't want, that avoids tarnishing the legacy of that world by delivering a solid if inessential flick. If you're a fan of the series (I hear it's fairly popular) then there's no reason not to check this out, even if it doesn't rise to the levels of excellence that the show did.

  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe

    ★★★½

    2019 Catch Up Challenge (71/100)

    Unlike Cabin in the Woods, I feel like this was definitely hampered by knowing most of the plot beforehand but even so, it's a really rock solid slice of horror movie pulp, perfect for the spoopy season. The turkey baster scene will haunt my nightmares though and I apologise for anyone reading this who's seen the film, because now it's back in your mind too.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    2019 Catch Up Challenge (70/100)

    This film is like a really brilliant robot, with a kinda shoddy exterior. The exterior gets a lot of focus and while it definitely looks like what it's meant to, it is the whirring core of the machine that I'm interested in, the way the gears grind and fit together so satisfyingly. Basically, slightly less of the horror stuff to allow for the perfectly insane third act and meta-textual brilliance to shine through that bit more. Still kinda loved it, just wish I hadn't known what I was in for.

  • One Week

    One Week

    ★★★★½

    With all the jaw dropping creativity, humour and astonishing stunts, this is probably the best short film ever made. You know, excluding Anima, can't beat that.

  • The Adventurer

    The Adventurer

    ★★★★

    It's basically just Paddington 2 so yeah, I loved it.

  • Ask Father

    Ask Father

    ★★★½

    Harold Lloyd is kinda hot?

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★

    Week 5 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge
    From Stage to Screen Week

    Like slowly setting your heart on fire and having someone put it out by crushing it. At times in the first half, the structure and pacing felt somewhat uneven but as we approach the miserable end, everything fits together and I don't doubt a rewatch could remove that problem. I feel a little shitty because I should dedicate this entire review to how brilliant the editing and traversal of time is but I can't because I want to curl up in a ball and hide away from the world now.