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  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Truman Show
  • Back to the Future
  • Donnie Darko

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  • VHS 94

    ★★★½

  • Insidious: Chapter 3

    ★★★½

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    ★★★

  • Cube

    ★★★★

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  • Flashback

    Flashback

    ★★★★

    One set of choices and I exist in all of them, simultaneously. I'm more free than you can ever imagine. I've seen the skylines of a thousand cities. I've looked into the eyes of a hundred grandkids. The ones that I love the most....they look like you.

    Wow. A cathartic experience in a less-than-perfect movie. I think the comparisons to Synchronic are impossible to avoid - the score, acting, editing are all way better than Synchronic but I can't say…

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    ★★★★½

    Let me start by saying this is a high end 8/10 or low end 9/10, nothing to rush to see. But if the philosophy of sex interests you, this is a respectable film. Much much better than Gaspar Noe's Love.

    The acting, camerawork and dialogue are excellent. It's not the most interesting movie but the narration and storytelling are tied together with the story so perfectly. It feels like visual literature and this is truly art - like all of…

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  • VHS 94

    VHS 94

    ★★★½

    This is the most consistent of the franchise, none of the segments are bad. The "in between" segments where they're playing the tapes is probably the worst part but I really enjoyed all of the shorts this time around. I did skip Viral but I've seen the 1st 2 installments a few times and have definitely come out with a few favorite shorts. The rest I think are a waste of time, I could pick out the best 2 from…

  • Insidious: Chapter 3

    Insidious: Chapter 3

    ★★★½

    When this 1st came out, it seemed like this series just declined after every installment and I had rated this a 5/10. After revisiting, this felt fresher than #2 and #4 and I was okay with the teeny jumpy horror so I raised it to a 6/10. This 3rd time around I was with roommates who had never seen it and I enjoyed watching them jump and laugh. This is a fun horror to watch with friends, it just isn't…

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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed The Night House from Bruckner so I decided to revisit the flick that got me hyped for his latest film. Just as I remembered, it's not the greatest film but damn does it do a good job of personifying/visualizing guilt. I love the way this director themes his characters' internal conflicts. I saw the potential in him with The Ritual, I was just waiting for him to step out from Netflix and give us something even realer.…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★½

    I wasn't in love with The Ritual but it was clear to me that the director had massive potential. I was actually very excited for this all year and actually made it this whole time without seeing any trailers or anything about the plot. I saw the poster and was already thinking Invisible Man but this seemed to be more cosmic and internalized and I loved it.

    The directing is phenomenal, I knew Bruckner had this in him. The hallway…