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  • House of 1000 Corpses

    House of 1000 Corpses

    β˜…β˜…Β½

    Feel conflicted on this one! Has Halloween vibes pouring out its ears but doesn't fully cohere. Or rather, it does, but in ways that just aren't that interesting to me. Zombie - in what I believe is his first feature - throws everything and the kitchen sink into this, trying his hand at just about every cinematic trick, from inverted colors to slow motion to bonkers musical cues to split diopter to dolly zoom. I get the impression of a…

  • Catcalls

    Catcalls

    β˜…β˜…Β½

    Fun short, not complicated but doesn't need to be. Some decent suspense even though there aren't really any surprises along the way.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    I miss Sally Menke. I will not pretend to understand exactly what she brought to Quentin Tarantino's filmography - I have only fuzzy ideas of what an editor does and how he/she does it. I could not describe to you the rhythm of a scene or a film, except to say that I can feel when it is off. And Tarantino, when he was working with Menke, was never off.

    His films since her passing have had a shaggy, shapeless…

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    Dare you dare you double dare you

    I've seen Silent Hill a number of times - this is probably my fourth or fifth viewing - and every time, I'm reminded of its inherent contradictions. On the one hand, the dialogue and the performances are often wooden, the exposition is mind-numbing, and the Sean Bean scenes, forced on director Christophe Gans by the studio, are dull as dishwater (his original conception of an all-female film sounds much more interesting, and indeed,…