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  • Humanoids from the Deep 1980

    ★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    Goofy grade-D horror movie, Humanoids from the Deep has just enough going for it to overcome the complete tedium that many low-budget genre movies face. Aside from the humanoids (spawned by chemicals dumped by a canning factory looking to increase fish populations), there's actually a decent subplot involving a local Indian fisherman and his conflicts with the racist locals over fishing rights.

    While that subplot bumps up the enjoyment in the scenes that normally drag these movies down (much better…

  • The Crazies 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Aug, 2014 1

    Underrated zombie-esque thriller, The Crazies is set in a small town where a government-created virus is accidentally unleashed. Aside from turning those it infects into homicidal maniacs, survivors have to deal with hazmat-suited government soldiers aggressively rounding up and exterminating townsfolks.

    There are a few things The Crazies does to elevate it above similar fare. First and most importantly, it has little filler once it gets going and is constantly moving from mini-set-piece to mini-set-piece. There are suspenseful sequences where…

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 5

    Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…