Tom Samaroden

Tom Samaroden

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A film lover who arrived late to the party. Out doing field research instead. Really just trying to nap on some trees.

Favorite films

  • Sea Fever
  • Hold Me Back
  • Fighter
  • Charade

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  • Scream 2

    ★★★★★

  • Nobody's Daughter Haewon

    ★★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★★★

  • Wild Indian

    ★★★★

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  • The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

    The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

    ★★★★★

    Thrilling, and only 3 hours long! Could have reveled in the images of this film for hours more. Pretty convinced that the film purposely shows the anarchists as buffoonish amateurs so that they might step up and rise to a level of accomplishments of the women sumos. They may have failed in their dream, but Tetsu and Dai had heart and courage, and were inspired to find strength after witnessing the outsider life of the sumo wrestlers. Many reviews I've…

  • Microhabitat

    Microhabitat

    ★★★★★

    I read an interview with the director, Jeon Go-woon, and she described this film as a satire. I'm not sure I found it funny per se, though their are moments of levity and cringe. Instead, I found it rather heartbreaking. I definitely empathized with Miso and the former bandmates she visits, the things they give up to live the lives they think they want, or rather think they should live. They sacrificed so much for a certain kind of living,…

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  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★★

    Might sound crazy, but I think I like the sequel more than the original. Everything feels tighter, and though the opening scene of Scream is an all timer, that car scene is maybe better. Just really dug it on this second viewing.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    In a panic, I probably would have got the question wrong, too, Drew.

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★★

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

    It's hard to remember, because of the awful sequels that came after, but First Blood's Rambo is not a macho 80's action hero. He's a broken man who's climactic final scene is him breaking down in tears, recounting how one of his squad mates and friends in the Vietnam War died. This was not how other 80's action hero's ended their films. The empathy First Blood shows for its leading hero, John Rambo, makes it special in the canon of…

  • More Than Two Hours

    More Than Two Hours

    ★★★★★

    This movie made me want to scream. I'm not sure what else to say.