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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Harold and Maude

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  • Mass

    ★★★½

  • Compartment No. 6

    ★★★

  • Pleasure

    ★★★½

  • Audition

    ★★★★½

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  • Mass

    Mass

    ★★★½

    "I'd like to tell a story."

    Predictably, this is difficult to get through, primarily due to the subject matter. For most of the movie, you just want out of that room.

    But unlike Carnage (which I saw so so long ago now), Mass never quite spirals into abject chaos. It's remarkably human and remarkably driven. It's not interested in finding the narrative-forced escalation, but in simply allowing these characters to speak their mind and say what they must.

    For that,…

  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★

    "We're not friends. Just sharing the same compartment."

    Trains are just so dang cinematic. Especially European trains with compartments. Every movie should feature a European train. And the more scenes set on that European train, the better the movie. That's why Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes is the best movie of all time. (I know thought I was going to say Strangers on a Train, but actually only the opening and closing scenes of that are set on a train.)

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  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★★½

    "Even if I give you my entire self, you'll never give me yours."

    Damn, what a great movie! For a while now, my interpretation has revolved around how Aoyama basically lies about what he wants in a woman: he doesn't want someone independent and free-spirited, but someone subservient and submissive, someone with absolutely no life outside of him. Of course that woman doesn't exist in the real world, so instead he gets Asami -- and it becomes a problem when…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★

    "It's time to cut out this cancer!"

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    How James Wan described this movie: When he was a kid, he would go to the video store, then he'd go all the way to the back where they'd hide their horror movies, then he'd go to the back shelf of the horror section, and pick something with a cool cover to bring home and watch. This is that back shelf movie, or at least a love letter to it.

    Malignant literally…