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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    hooptober 4.0 - film #03

    a masterclass in brutal, efficient filmmaking. the script is airtight, quickly setting up a scorching critique of capitalism and a wonderfully grotesque vision of a hollow, abandoned desert before launching into what is essentially the popular genesis of the slasher genre. that marvelous final shot of leatherface swinging his chainsaw around in the sweltering texas sun is one that sticks with you forever.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    beautiful and torturous; a neo-noir shot in bright colour and sweeping wide shots yet every bit as claustrophobic as the genre's classics. lee leaves you grasping and yearning for anything outside of frame but never yields, keeping you in the muck and messiness of these character's lives.

    yet, as i write this the day after seeing it, i still can't shake the potential yuckiness of the gender politics in this one, nor can i figure out where i land on…

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    i had hoped this would be mindless dumb fun but unfortunately it is completely boring, cynical, and uninspired in every way.

    the movie looks like shit, with a reliance on CG and grimdark colour grading sapping the energy out of the film. the fight scenes - ostensibly the main attraction in a film adaptation of a fighting game - are poorly staged and rendered near incomprehensible through far too many quick cuts between close shots that obscure the action. somehow,…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★

    first time seeing the theatrical cut - oh my god it’s so much better!!

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