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  • Sling Blade

    Sling Blade

    ★★★★

    ★★★★ out of ★★★★

    I reckon this is a phenomenal film mhmm. Billy Bob Thornton has always been a great actor but he was something else in this one. It wasn’t just him either, the entire supporting cast were right there with him. They weren’t just simple characters meant to only further the plot. They were well rounded with lots of depth. I’m a sucker for movies about friendship and Sling Blade nails that aspect. Whether Karl felt Frank was…

  • Survival of the Dead

    Survival of the Dead

    ★ out of ★★★★

    I watched this purely from a completist standpoint. This is Romero’s final of the Dead movie. I already had low expectations after seeing Diary of the Dead a while back. Unfortunately, this is Romero’s worst film yet. It’s hard to think this was the same guy that brought us the amazing Night, Dawn and Day. Once he made Land of the Dead (which is still entertaining and fun), you could see the beginnings of his drop…

  • Night School

    Night School

    ★★½

    ★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★

    A pretty decent American giallo. I was surprised to see this on Turner Classic Movies so I recorded it to watch later. This is one of the only slasher movies where the knife kills felt real. Each time the killer slashed at their victim it starts like a small cut before blood spilling everywhere. Some parts felt a bit too slow and I thought the overall story was rather predictable (I saw the killer reveal coming a mile away). All in all, not a bad blind watch and I get another horror movie under my belt.

  • Open Water

    Open Water

    ★★★

    ★★★ out of ★★★★

    Wasn’t a fan of the camcorder/digital video style but that didn’t stop this movie from being terrifying. The vast ocean is scary to me. The sharks add to that terror but being stranded in the middle of the ocean is a nightmare situation. When night falls and the lightning is the only thing that illuminates Susan and Daniel while sharks rub against them below the surface...that is horror. The only other issues I found with this…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    ★★★★ out of ★★★★

    I thought this was my favorite of the year after I saw it the first time in theaters and was curious if I still felt that way on rewatch. The answer is yes. I absolutely love this movie. Highly rewatchable and so entertaining.

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★

    ★★★ out of ★★★★

    A thoroughly entertaining follow-up that is good but not great. There is definitely a tonal change to this one...and not for the better. The reliance on jump scares was the biggest mistake. The building tension we got when Bev goes to her old childhood home is what we needed more of. We needed more of the Pennywise under the bleachers. Instead, we got mainly loud noises. They got a bit too carried away with the big…

  • The Scorpion King

    The Scorpion King

    ★★

    ★★ out of ★★★★

    About as cheesy and bad as I remember it. The Rock has certainly come a long way since these times. He still stars in big budget B-movies but at least he has great charisma now. The Scorpion King was like peak WWE time for The Rock. This movie is so early 2000s it’s hilarious. Hard rock soundtrack? Check. Questionable CGI? Check. Stylized action with no actual story? Check. I don’t regret this rewatch as it was an entertaining car ride movie on my way back home.

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★★

    ★★★★ out of ★★★★

    I love this movie so much. I rewatched on my long car ride and it’s the perfect movie for such an occasion. It treats the genre with respect with its mix of homages and comedy. Edgar Wright wore his influences on his sleeves while making the movie with his own unique touch. There’s not much else to say about Shaun of the Dead. It’s a classic at this point that I’m sure most have seen.

  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique

    ★★★½

    ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★

    Deeply unsettling and hauntingly realistic. When dealing with this type of subject matter you have to be careful not to go into exploitation territory and Denis Villeneuve handles it with taste. He’s such an amazing director and Polytechnique is no exception. It feels as though you are just watching a real life event happen. The tension is excruciating as you know what is about to happen - you just want it over. The credits roll at 71 minutes. That may seem short but you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when it ends.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★

    ★★★ out of ★★★★

    Definitely the most wholesome, touching and feel-good movie of the year. The relationship between Tyler and Zak was heartwarming with some great dynamics. Everything was hinged on that aspect working and they knocked it out of the park. This definitely felt like a Taika Waititi inspired movie with the adventure, the danger, the comedy/drama and fun characters. Even the look of the movie was endearing. It has that kind of haze that makes everything feel warmer…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★★

    ★★★ out of ★★★★

    On to the next horror franchise that I haven’t seen in its entirety. I’ve seen the original, Freddy vs Jason and the remake so I’m excited to watch this series.

    I was pleasantly surprised with Freddy’s Revenge. Seeing the low ratings had me worried. It definitely doesn’t hit the same highs or creativity of the first but it was a solid sequel. The characters were well rounded and you actually cared for them. I wasn’t super…

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★½

    ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★

    Entirely too relatable at this moment. This film is basically an existential crisis for the characters. That feeling when you finally graduate but then have to think “what next?”. All the things that plague you when entering adulthood - anxiety about leaving your comfort zone, not feeling like you’re good enough to make it and the nostalgia of your past - are explored. The characters got more enjoyable as the film went on. Grover’s moment…