Mira116

Mira116

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“It’s aesthetic observance of violence.” — Sinister II

Favorite films

  • Blade
  • Sinister
  • Pitch Black
  • The Strangers

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  • The Barrens

    ★½

  • Curse of Aurore

    ★★★½

  • The Salvation

    ★★★½

  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    ★★★½

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  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★★

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

    "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar coated topping. There is another world beneath it, the real world. And if you want to learn to survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger."

    This speech precedes the release of The Matrix by about six months. Complain about the CGI, one-liners, and thin (though well-acted) villain all you like: Blade is gritty, bloody, and rife with class/race struggles all wrapped in the trappings of…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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

    I somehow managed to avoid spoilers for this film in the wait for the Japanese release. I'm very confused as to the copious amount of negative reviews.

    Covenant achieves two things that Prometheus failed to do; first, to have characters making believable decisions, and second, to make the moviegoing experience uncomfortable for men once more. The first point is achieved in the fact there are no categorically ridiculous moments like Meredith Vickers not thinking to run a different direction.

    As…

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  • The Barrens

    The Barrens

    ★½

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

    Truly uneven with some of the strangest family dynamics I can recall. This is just an odd one.

    There’s some Bousman smash cuts, Moyer acting intensely even as everything goes to shit, and a decent ending, but… needs more Jersey Devil and characterization.

  • Curse of Aurore

    Curse of Aurore

    ★★★½

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

    Oh damn. I loved this. This legend tripping in the middle of snowy nothingness speaks to my Central New York soul. I adore the windswept white cornfields, the bleak country roads, and the old houses full of ominous books and crannies.

    The wraparound narrative works and is the kind of thing newer found footage films should consistently employ. Our main trio is actually likable (Aaron less so), and their frustrations as budding filmmakers comes across as genuine rather than entitled.…

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  • Hell House LLC

    Hell House LLC

    ★★★★½

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

    A found footage film that has two major things going for it: a believable premise for the format, and consistent privileging of creepiness over jump scares.

    Hell House LLC is another one of those "see what happens to people who leave NYC and dare to venture to other parts of the state" films that always entertains me as a Central New Yorker. Sara's early complaint that in NYC one can leave a creepy place and get a slice of pizza…

  • The Pact

    The Pact

    ★★★

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

    This film works well for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to some deliberate pacing choices and cinematography that induce a constant sense of unease.

    It takes a lot to craft an effective haunted house film, especially one that successfully unfolds at a gradual pace. The Pact may not be for everyone, but despite some of the setbacks (especially plot holes), this is worth a watch.