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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2015

    ★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2015

    Instead of an engaging cautionary tale, or even an interesting twist on genre convention, we get “The Real Teenagers of Skype.”

    Full Review at Film Pulse: filmpulse.net/unfriended-review/

  • Monsters: Dark Continent

    Monsters: Dark Continent 2015

    ★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2015

    Though more creatures are on screen in Monsters: Dark Continent, they’re pushed way too far into the narrative background, existing only for a connection to the original film and to serve as lumbering, obvious metaphors. Worse, the major focus is placed on a completely bland war story that’s broad in structure and callow with its commentary.

    Full Review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/monsters-dark-continent/

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012 4

    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…

  • Session 9

    Session 9 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Mar, 2013 2

    "Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.

    It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump…