Zack

Take a tempting taste treat and ponder the intellectual meaning of cinema.

Favorite films

  • Scream 4
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Rear Window
  • The Living End

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  • Saboteur

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★½

  • Deep Cover

    ★★★★

  • Scream 3

    ★★★½

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  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★½

    Frustration with this one remains with the killer, from the (inventive but very silly) voice-changer gimmick to their identity, motive, and retroactive involvement in the events leading up to Scream. Everything else is actually pretty good, especially the dialogue and the cast — taking things to Hollywood may have been cheesy and done entirely out of response to Columbine, but it’s fresh (crazy that we didn’t return to Woodsboro until the fourth installment, even crazier that we did it again…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

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

    OK, second viewing, slight uptick but not by much.

    I've had friends who liked it more than me tell me my expectations were too high -- that I'm not accepting it on its own terms. It's a new creative team, a new cast, a new chapter. But my issues with it aren't really explained by that. I assure you, I am dealing with it on its own terms, and on its own terms, it's deeply frustrating.

    For example, how is…

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  • Polyester

    Polyester

    Me: "You know, we've been dating six weeks, and except for one all the movies we've seen together have been John Waters movies."

    Him: "I don't see the problem."

  • Suburbia

    Suburbia

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

    Bizarre to see folks dismiss the morality of the movie as one-sided (e.g. Wil Forbis sez "punks = good; everyone else = bad") when a girl has her clothes torn off by her punk peers at a concert, or one of our young protagonists is drugged, or Chris Pedersen's character complains repeatedly that his step-dad is black. Instead, what Suburbia does is effectively demonstrate the obvious but frequently unacknowledged notion that society is constructed to give the benefit of the…