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  • Do the Right Thing
  • House
  • The Sound of Music
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • The Shining

    ★★★★★

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

  • Alien

    ★★★★½

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★½

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Stanley Kubrick, after inventing the first furry: I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

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

    What is interesting about John Laroquette’s iconic narration at the beginning of the film is that it references something we do not see in the film— the eventual discovery (publicization) of the Massacre perpetrated collectively by the Sawyer family in the film, which presumably occurs after Leatherface dances with his chainsaw.

    This sets the tone for what makes The Texas Chain Saw Massacre stand the test of time. Like all the best horror films, much of its power is derived from…

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  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

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

    In several ways, House is an adolescent film. Obviously, it is about adolescents. Additionally, the picture was director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s first feature film, and cast largely with similarly inexperienced actors — their collective first, fumbling foray into the feature-length thing.

    But most centrally, what I mean is that House is the perfect film to see when YOU are an adolescent. The film, commissioned as a summer horror picture intended to evoke Jaws, was a smash hit with the contemporary teenybopper…

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★

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

    A great big plothole of a movie that doubles as an incredible warning about the dangers of ineffective bureaucracy and misgovernment (unfinished infrastructural projects; insufficient financial support for disabled former public servants; racking up a property damage bill almost certainly higher than Dennis Hopper’s desired ransom).