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  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    ★★★

    New Line bought the franchise and hit it in face with the 80s in this third sequel that bears little tonal resemblance to the first two. I remember it being controversial for its gore (and it got heavily censored) but watching the "unrated" version now on DVD it actually feels pretty tame? Maybe I'm desensitised? It's a shame because with a ton of good gore, this probably would've played a lot better.

    It's a standard cannibal slasher plot with a…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★

    It's been about 15 years since I last watched this. As has been the case too often lately, I'm not enjoying stuff as much on a rewatch as I once did. Not sure if it's just me being in a constant bad mood at the moment, or if the films haven't aged as well as I'd hoped but I was sad that Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - a film that was so iconic and important to me as a child…

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  • Lords of Chaos

    Lords of Chaos

    I have Thoughts. With a capital T. So this is going to be a long post. Sorry.

    I guess I should start by putting this into context because I suspect most people are probably going to find this film perfectly enjoyable and wonder why I'm being so joyless. I admit I'm basically the butthurt fanboy of black metal. All those nerds moaning about Star Wars or Ghostbusters and ruined childhoods. That's me here, sure. I admit it. But I'm at…

  • Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution

    ★★★★★

    I watch a lot of movies that feel so messy and out of control I just think "who is this for? Does even the director understand what they're doing?" and it's refreshing to feel, from the very start, that you're in the hands of someone who truly knows what they're doing. Lust, Caution is exquisitely made; not just in terms of its lavish production values but in every sense. It's cinema that knows just the right balance between opulent movie…