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  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★★

    Opera has a lot to like. Like some of Argento’s other films, the shot composition is gorgeous and the use of color is pretty great. The film is spectacular looking. As for the plot, after an accident injures the lead singer of an opera, her understudy Betty takes over as the lead. But a masked killer is murdering people and frequently tying Betty up and making her watch. It’s definitely a giallo, with the plot occasionally dipping into almost dream…

  • The Purge

    The Purge

    While it has a solid concept behind it, The Purge commits a cardinal sin for the horror genre: it’s boring. 
    Epic concept limited to a home invasion movie, but it lacks the tension of typical home invasion flicks. It limply attempts to throw in jump scares, but they rarely land. No gruesome kills for the gorehounds, and while the villain chews the scenery, he stops short of being a truely memorable baddie. If he was just a bit more over-the-top,…

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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★½

    Impressively nihilistic and thrilling, Kim Jeewoon really knocks it out of the park with this one. It’s among the goriest Korean films I’ve ever seen, and it has a couple scenes that are tough to watch. Like many of his other films, it runs a little long, but it’s at least captivating the whole time.

  • The Foul King

    The Foul King

    ★★★★

    I’m quite a fan of Kim Ji-woon’s dark sense of humor and Foul King is no exception. Song Kang-ho is also great as usual. The film has themes of disappointment and failure, which makes it feel a bit unsatisfying at times, but I think that’s the point. The end also seems a bit jarringly edited, but a really enjoyable film overall. My only complaint is it’s a bit long.