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    Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon)

    HAPPY DEATH DAY

    Director: Christopher Landon

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    I thought this was pretty good. Sorta can't believe, however, that they actually included a Groundhog Day reference in the movie though. But hey, it's nice seeing a new decent slasher flick. Ghosts have sorta overtaken the genre in recent years, haven't they?
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    Last Five Films I've Seen

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    I wanted to see this because Ryan Turek (of Blumhouse and, formerly, several horror fansites) was one of the producers.

    Is this your review?

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    Yessir! If there's a way you guys think I need to improve my writing style, don't hesitate to PM me.
    Last Five Films I've Seen

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    Very cool, Ivan!

    ETA: I put this one of my "must see" list based on your review. Keep writing -- and linking!
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    Nice review, Ivan! (I miss typically having more than a tweet's worth of thoughts to say about a given movie. )

    Agreed on the lead, I thought the girl who played Tree was fantastic. She showed an incredible range throughout the film, and definitely stands out as someone to keep an eye on, I think. As to the film's rating, a similar sentiment about the lack of gore was also expressed in other reviews I checked out, but honestly, the way the film's edited (where she wakes up almost immediately upon being killed), I'm not sure how well that would've played out had they gone especially gory and given the time to really be a little more exploitative in that regard. I think it may well could've thrown the pacing off a bit, because honestly, the way it was all cut together, I personally didn't even notice the lack of gore. It was perfectly cut in that regard, IMO.

    That said, I'd agree that it's not necessarily a scary film, but hot damn is it a fun one, enough to where, again, I didn't even find myself realizing that I wasn't exactly all that scared throughout. This film was honestly a blast.

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    Also didn't realize the same guy directed The Marked Ones. I actually thought he did a good job on that one, too, and took a really potentially lame premise and made it a whole lotta fun, what with the dimension jumping and shotgunning witches and whatnot. And yeah, he definitely ups his game in that fun department here.

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    I'll agree with Ivan and TGM. The movie's nothing special, but it did keep me guessing. After I tried not to fall into the trap, the movie still managed to kill off my first suspected killer fairly early. So, I had to give them credit there.

    There's a couple of situations late in the movie where I feel like the police would have a LOT more questions for Tree. But oh well.

    Jessica Rothe is the story here, absolutely carrying the movie and adding a fresh take to each new scenario. She makes me wish that the film was either funnier or grittier, because I know she could handle it. As it stands, the film is surprisingly safe. It's basically a horror movie for people who like Pitch Perfect.
    A Star is Born (Cooper, 2018) ***
    A Simple Favor (Feig, 2018) **1/2
    Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018) **1/2
    The Three Musketeers (Niblo, 1921) **
    Chi-Raq (Lee, 2015) ***1/2
    The Headless Woman (Martel, 2008) ***
    Searching (Chaganty, 2018) **
    The Neon Demon (Refn, 2016) **
    BlacKkKlansman (Lee, 2018) ****
    Happy End (Haneke, 2017) ***1/2

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    By the way, for people who come to this thread after watching this movie and wonder where you've seen her before, watch the first couple minutes of this clip:

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    A Star is Born (Cooper, 2018) ***
    A Simple Favor (Feig, 2018) **1/2
    Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018) **1/2
    The Three Musketeers (Niblo, 1921) **
    Chi-Raq (Lee, 2015) ***1/2
    The Headless Woman (Martel, 2008) ***
    Searching (Chaganty, 2018) **
    The Neon Demon (Refn, 2016) **
    BlacKkKlansman (Lee, 2018) ****
    Happy End (Haneke, 2017) ***1/2

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    Spinal basically said everything about the movie that I feel here. Fun, some logistical issues here in regards to the final playout, but it's still a fun movie to watch. Ditto thoughts on who the killer would be, and that Rothe's performance is part of why the movie works so well. She's what was fun about movies like Mean Girls and Pitch Perfect. Now the horror genre has theirs. Wonder where she'll go from here.

    Only thing I get to add is that she comes from Denver, woot.

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    This would make a great double-feature with Mean Girls and/or Heathers. The film manages to be inventive even with its obvious influences. My one major complaint is that some of the images were a little touchy (graphic) for me and I wish it had been rated R because of them. But overall if this was on cable and I came across it, I'd probably give it my time even if it was half over.

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    Yeah, this is susprisingly cute and breezy!

    Despite knowing the premise and who was behind it, I don't think I actually ever saw a trailer, so the tone was definitely lighter and confidently sillier than I had built it up to assume it was like in my mind, but it certainly knows what it is and makes it work.

    Rothe is super charismatic and her evolution from being super icy and vapid to the armed and dangerous give-no-fucks heroine tracks seamlessly with her Groundhog Day-ing spiral. It's especially impressive when you consider they likely did the most heavily reoccurring parts (like the wake-up scene(s)) all on the same day, and she is the only character actually having to lock into her progression, and know just how to play that based on where they are in the script.

    It ended up being perfect for the low-key Friday night with friends looking for something horror-y (especially since our first choice, the new Insidious wasn't out yet), but getting more thrills and (intended) laughs as a bonus. It's really nice to see the Blumhouse model work to make something like this that not only feels oddly throwback-y in its tightness and 80s to early millennium college movie vibe (as in, barely made for theatrical venues anymore), but also wears so many genre hats that manages to function so well front-to-back as a movie, and then after all that for it only cost less than $5 million and connect with audiences enough to $122 million(!!) worldwide. It's the best kind of anomaly that I'd love to see Jason Blum stretch beyond horror even more than he did with this and Get Out last year.

    So the part of me that did have fun with it already admittedly feels its impact fading, as some of the resolutions and revelations feel plucked from the discount aisle of the horror shop and some of the reasoning for people who end up not being the killer feel confusingly weak [
    ], but for the ride it provides in the moment, it absolutely does its job, and it consistently sustains in fulfilling its ambitions better than most big horror.

    *** / 6.5
    BlacKkKlansman (Lee, 2018) **** / 9.1
    Murder On The Orient Express (Branagh, 2017) *** / 8.3
    Mission: Impossible Fallout (McQuarrie, 2018) *** / 8.8
    Blindspotting (Estrada, 2018) *** / 8.4
    Leave No Trace (Granik, 2018) *** / 8.6
    Eighth Grade (Burnham, 2018) *** / 8.5
    Sorry To Bother You (Riley, 2018) **** / 9.2
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Bayona, 2018) ** / 5.9
    2001: A Space Odyssey [in 70mm] (Kubrick, 1968) **** / 10

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    Cute and Bizarre are two good words for this. It goes from a 90s - Scream-like feel, to a parody of itself (which is prominently displayed in a weird montage) back to straight Groundhogish-fan service. The humor was oddly placed at times. And for someone who lived on campus the college-life is super cringe-worthy. I'm convinced mean girls do not exist like this anymore (or ever). But whatever. This was a fun time. Saw the joke from a mile away at the end.

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