Favorite films

  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Night of the Creeps
  • Ganja & Hess
  • Coraline

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  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Beetlejuice

    ★★★★½

  • Practical Magic

    ★★★½

  • Rodan

    ★★★★

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  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★★

    Tampopo is not the protagonist. Gōro is not the protagonist. The ramen is the protagonist.

    There it is, my deep thought for the day. You’re welcome.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Yeah, I dunno, something about the saga of a necrotic misogynist dictator clinging desperately to power until everything is taken away from him just felt like the exact thing to watch.

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  • Children of the Corn

    Children of the Corn

    ★★★

    Bride of Hooptober Chapter One: A Kernel of a Good Thing

    "Don't ever show up in my emergency room, buddy!"

    The year before last, I inadvertently started a personal tradition of opening my Hooptober viewing with a Stephen King adaptation. When I watched Carrie first, that was by chance. Last year, when I watched The Shining first, I just happened to be psyched to see it at long last. But now I kind of feel like I should kick things…

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    Hooptober VII Chapter Nine: All By Ourselves, Part III


    "Whatever helps it get close to you."

    In retrospect, this was one of the most 2020 movies I watched during the year. Cinemonster set us a couple of topical categories for Hooptober, including disease-based horror and a film set entirely in one location, but It Follows, which didn't meet either of those requirements, nonetheless felt extremely Covid-current in ways that got under my skin. There was something about watching a monster…

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  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★½

    The Sixth Hoop-tober Sense Chapter Two: OH GODDAMMIT

    Previously, devastating high school carnage. And now:

    "I wanted us to claim this place. Name it."

    Scariest movie I've seen in a long time: perfectly paced, serious-minded explorer horror with a bleak, dark heart and characters well worth caring about, even the couple of them who are being hideously stupid right from the jump. Honestly, this might be even more unbearably intense without the external monsters: by the time those hairless nasties…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    FUUUUuuuuuu

    Hooptober 5.0 #3 (fulfills Hooper requirement, of course)

    I didn't sleep the night I watched this. It got way under my skin and made a home there. Not sure any horror movie has ever done that before.

    I really hope the driver of the first truck got away.