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  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★★½

    Like a lot of remakes, there's nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't feel very necessary. Pet Sematary is a strong story with a mythic character, something that deserves to be told over and over again and doesn't diminish in the retelling. Bringing the Wendigo in from the novel was a nice touch, though I wish they'd expanded on it beyond some growls in the woods. Nobody has yet captured on film the cosmic horror that King managed to…

  • Brown Sugar

    Brown Sugar

    ★★★

    #52FilmsByPOC 2019 pt. 33.

    What exactly is Dre's job with the label supposed to be? He's an A&R who is also sort of a producer who is also sort of an engineer? Good on him for bouncing since they surely were not paying him enough to pull triple duty.

    Anyway if you love hiphop like this movie does, it's charming and delightful all the way through. If not, it's a bit underwritten and sloppy, only has enough story for half…

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  • The Toolbox Murders

    The Toolbox Murders

    ★★★★★

    The film that opened my eyes to Tobe Hooper's brilliance was neither The Texas Chain Saw Massacre nor Poltergeist (though I had previously seen both) but rather Toolbox Murders. I was 18 years old, living with my parents and unemployed, having withdrawn from college after a disastrous first semester. It was the beginning of a four-year spiral of depression, isolation and substance abuse: the darkest period of my life thus far.

    I rented Toolbox Murders from my local Hollywood Video…

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★★★½

    #52FilmsByPOC 2018 pt. 20.

    Attention filmmakers: I don't give a fuck. I'll take all the bad dialogue, bad acting, hackneyed storytelling and lopsided editing you can throw at me, as long as you give me something I can feel. This movie is ANGRY--at white supremacy and out-of-control capitalism, at the institutions that support them, at the lengths those institutions will go to uphold it while simultaneously denying it exists. It's a primal scream of a film, and I felt every…