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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★★

    The dreams aren't as surreal as in later installments, but the original A Nightmare on Elm St. still holds genuine tension and although Krueger would later become a punchline, it's not hard to see why he became such a fascinating figure off the back of the film. The movie benefits greatly from Craven's still low-budget sensibilities, which grants the picture a gritty authenticity that all of its sequels lacked. And unlike 90% of all slashers, you actually care about the characters that are being hunted.

    Also, this series has the best poster art of any horror franchise I can think of. Evocative and memorable.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    About 30-40 minutes into Gone Girl, I thought that this was a very well-made film, but I could not figure out why David Fincher chose to direct this particular story. It seemed so banal, us wondering whether or not this one guy had killed his wife. The murder mystery aspect of it didn't seem to warrant a director like Fincher's attention.

    And then the second act kicked in and it all made sense. This wasn't a murder mystery at all.…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    The greatest film of all time. Kubrick does things with the medium that no one has yet surpassed.