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Halloween-A-Thon Day 9: King Kong vs Godzilla

Note: The following contains spoilers. Old Godzilla movies can look kind of silly to a modern audience. If you’re used to the constant CGI barrages that blockbuster movies often are nowadays, the cheesy man-in-the-rubber-suit look of a movie such as King Kong vs Godzilla might just make you roll your eyes and put on a… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 8: Zombeavers

Note: The following contains spoilers. There’s nothing wrong with slasher movies being sort of light on plot. Halloween is one of the greatest films of all time, and it doesn’t have particularly deep characters with complicated back stories, yet the film still works and then some. However, “conventional” wisdom would tell you that if a… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 7: Friday the 13th Part 3

Note: The following contains spoilers. Ugh. I’ve been dreading rewatching this one. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the first four Friday the 13th movies, but if there’s one thing I remember clear as day from when I first watched them, it’s that while I was watching Part 3 I kept saying to myself… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 5: The Fly (1958)

Note: The following contains spoilers. On October 5th, 2014 I watched David Cronenberg’s The Fly, so it only made sense that a year later I would watch the original Vincent Price version and compare the two of them. This turned out to be quite easy as they are very different films. The original is more of… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 4: Friday the 13th Part 2

Warning: The following contains spoilers. I haven’t yet watched any of the Friday the 13th movies after the fourth one, but I know the basics of how supernatural they get with regards to Jason’s origin and the source of his “powers” in later entries. With that knowledge, it’s interesting to contrast just how grounded they… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 3: John Dies at the End

Note: The following contains spoilers. The mythology of John Dies at the End is often either explained poorly or not at all, which is often to the film’s detriment. But there is one running bit from the first half of the film that is so clever that it got me so excited for potential conflicts… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 2: Sleepaway Camp

NOTE: The following contains spoilers. While it is tempting to spend the entirety of this review talking about Sleepaway Camp’s twist (and why recent events may lead it to be less effective than it was on release), I want to highlight some of the delightfully surreal bits of the movie, starting with Aunt Martha. She’s… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 1: Friday the 13th

First, an introduction. To get you all in the Halloween spirit this October, Cinematic Shadows is having a horror movie marathon. Every day we’ll watch a horror movie, and every day we’ll have a brief write-up on the film. These won’t be “reviews” as much as they will highlight one particularly interesting aspect of the… Read more »

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American Ultra – Movie Review

Note: this review is featured on the Phoenix Film Festival’s website.  American Ultra could be described as a stoner mixture of The Bourne Identity, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Bonnie & Clyde. But it could also be credited as a blazingly original story that navigates multiple genres with relative ease, particularly thanks to its dramatically affecting lead performances… Read more »

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Mistress America – Movie Review

Note: this review is featured on the Phoenix Film Festival’s website.  Mistress America is Noah Baumbach’s polarizing new feature about a college student discovering herself alongside her soon-to-be stepsister. The most striking element of the film is how similar it is both thematically and narratively to Baumbach’s 2013 story, Frances Ha, which I loved. There, he navigated… Read more »