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  • 13 Sins 2014

    ★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    The biggest sin of 13 Sins is its failure to meet its potential. Like the much better Cheap Thrills, this remake of a 2006 Thai thriller explores how low someone will sink for financial gain, but it’s more interested in twists and telegraphed gotcha moments than in generating any real payoffs. In order to reach an unsatisfying and inevitable end, the rough exercise sacrifices a consistent tone and tension for trivial plotting. While the pace is brisk, the purpose is lost in clumsy transitions from jovial to alarming and a redundant series of awful acts.

    Full Review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/13-sin/

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    Despite Rock Angels (which would be the worst/most awesome name for a hair metal cover band), magic (or, sorry, divine) seeds, a glowing Adam & Eve, and any other number of strange enchantments, Noah is a little disappointingly perfunctory.

    It's well-made and well-acted, but relies heavily on dialogue to move the story forward. Aronofsky feels a little trapped between artistic vision and story necessity.

    That said, there are some interesting and insightful ideas. Worth seeing, but not one I can see revisiting often or any time soon.

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  • Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012 5

    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 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…