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  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence 2016

    ★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2016

    Though it depicts an extinction level event, Independence Day: Resurgence feels completely inconsequential. Many things are bigger (the spaceship and the aliens, for example) than the 1996 original film, and everything is stupider. The budget is at blockbuster level, but many of the filmmaking decisions are on par with a Syfy Channel movie. I was waiting for the 3,000-mile in diameter alien craft to suck up a snarknado in its gravitational pull as it docks atop the Atlantic Ocean. (ALL of the Atlantic Ocean, we’re told).

    Full Review at Film Pulse: filmpulse.net/independence-day-resurgence-review/

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2016

    Director Jaume Collet-Serra spends plenty of time ogling Lively’s surfer bod and not enough making the stressful situation and its terror palpable. As a disposable thriller The Shallows has its moments, but they’re not enough to make you think twice before diving into the ocean.


    Full review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/the-shallows/

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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…