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  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★★★

    Less polished than Raimi’s other Spider-Man entries, nevertheless rendered as engrossing by its commitment to human emotion and authenticity to Marvel’s tried and true style of melodramatic, engrossing, soap storytelling (which Ditko’s run on Spider-Man practically invented). If you can jive with some of Raimi’s humor, and the intentionally offbeat ways that he explores what is essentially a story about the misguided but human motivations of four men, and how their choices change them, I think you can find yourself being captivated by the movie overall.

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★½

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    “He came home...”


    Carpenter’s sense of alienation from “the group” externalitied with cynicism and paranoia before his VFX opus The Thing; that is to say that John Carpenter’s distrust of systems, of status quo, of a comfortable complacent ignorance is brought to smoldering life. The playfulness of Halloween becomes the device selected to point out real, deeply American anxieties; that despite our best efforts and want of trying, we have monsters amongst us, and no thanks in part to the…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    Just perfect. 

    Captures the melancholy tone of the Ditko run on the comics to perfection. Some years later, the melodramatic elements might seem kind of weird to modern viewers but it’s 100% on the nose to the classic Marvel tone. I believe Peter Parker to suffer from depression and anxiety, which this film also highlights (although never states) expertly.