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Best of 2018 #24: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Goosebumps 2, Revenge, Unsane

The list continues, as we see what the Four Horsemen of AndersonVision have to add next.

24) Troy’s Pick: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Troy recently dug out his Can You Ever Forgive Me review from the backlog. Read it here!

24) Daniel’s Pick: Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween

2015’s Goosebumps gave the world the children’s version of In the Mouth of Madness that we never knew we needed. While this sequel’s goals are decidedly less epic, it’s just as entertaining in different ways. Chiefly among them being that the villain’s evil plot is to unleash a Halloween apocalypse that will make the holiday last forever. He’s got my vote!

In order to make that happen, however, he first needs to seize control of our protagonists’ home town. How does he do that? By bringing all of the town’s Halloween decorations to life. My friends, you have not truly lived until you have seen a gigantic balloon spider attacking small children (and occasionally popping) or gummi bears turning on the candy-loving kids who devour them. This is super sweet children’s horror movie (pun intended) and well worth your time.

24) Mike Flynn’s Pick: Revenge

French director Coralie Fargeat’s directorial debut is a hard watch. Especially in the wake of figures like Harvey Weinstein and Brett Kavanaugh alleged of their contemptible, sexual aggression, this rape-revenge yarn boldly refuses to shy away from the terror of such acts. Anchored by Italian actress Matilda Lutz’s fearful but determined lead turn as party girl Jen, Revenge is a less shameless take on I Spit on Your Grave with the shorthand aggression of First Blood.

Fargeat packs a macabre sense of humor as Jen’s aggressor and his band of toxic masculinity poster sons mix trivial arguments into their sadistic humiliation and subsequent big-game hunt. Revenge is one of the strongest cases for gender equity in film: had this sprung from the mind of a man, it would have the redeeming value of a snuff film. Fortunately, what we received is a chilling thrill ride that possesses welcomed compassion in spades.

24) Jamie’s Pick: Unsane

Jamie much like Spielberg doesn’t do commentary tracks. He wishes that you watch Soderbergh’s latest and accept his Lord Xenu into your hearts.

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