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  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Bo Burnham: Inside

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  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    ★★½

  • The Escort

    ★★★

  • The Hunt

    ★★★½

  • The Nest

    ★★★

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    I've seen a number of other shorts, sketches, and songs about the pandemic, and they've all sucked. This does not suck. In fact, not only is it BY FAR the best pandemic-based art piece I've seen, it's one of the best pieces of film I've ever seen. This is Bo's equivalent of Childish Gambino's This is America: an established, if low-profile, artist taking a hugely original and creative step forward, and making art that is both incredibly relevant to today,…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    Imagine you're Tobe Hooper, and you have $60k ($300k adjusted for inflation today) to make a feature-length horror film. How on Earth are you going to make that work? Here's how you do it:
     
      - You make Gunnar Hansen wear the same mask and costume for the entire month-long shoot because you can't afford a spare outfit and you're afraid a laundromat would lose it.  
      - You save money on props by having your art director…

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  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    ★★½

    F O O D
    No, try again. 

    I could see myself actually enjoying this if it weren't for how incoherent and censored it is. Apparently the intense micro-management by the studio and lengthy MPAA battle chopped this up better than Leatherface - the mince-meat 80-minutes theatrical cut is what is streaming on HBO Max now, and boy is it hard to follow. There's practically no blood or gore in the whole thing, which is a bummer because there are some…

  • The Escort

    The Escort

    ★★★

    I'm sure I don't have to tell you how tough it is in the newspaper business right now. Our only hope is if something should happen to the internet. Something like a solar flare incident that knocks out all the electricity, then we'd be in business.

    The highlight of this film is definitely the charming performances from both Fonseca and Doneger, giving the necessary energy to maintain my interest despite the story's slow pace and unconvincing premise. I guess this…

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  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    Betty Gilpin singlehandedly saves this movie from being totally mediocre! I didn't care for the first half hour of this movie, it feels a bit like a bad parody of The Hunger Games, and the jokey critique of liberals feels hollow and cheaply written for laughs, as if a PLEASE LAUGH sign should appear when they mention NPR. The convenience store scene in general was predictable, and I had newly given up hope that anything unexpected world happen, and then…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    If Patrick Wilson doesn't show up in this I'll lose my shit