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  • Everly 2014

    ★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Everly is bland, repetitive, and muddled in addition to being implausible. The kitchen sink approach from writer Yale Hannon and director Joe Lynch make the movie feel like a collection of fake exploitation movie trailers from Grindhouse rather than a cohesive crazy ride. It’s a heroine’s journey that goes absolutely nowhere.

    Full Review: www.blakecrane.com/2015/03/01/everly/

  • The Lazarus Effect 2015

    ★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    The Lazarus Effect posits some interesting, if unoriginal, questions and then quickly devolves into a bland amalgam of spurious science and benign, telegraphed “BOO!” moments that fit neatly within the PG-13 aesthetic.

    Full Review at Film Pulse: filmpulse.net/the-lazarus-effect-review/

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  • 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 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…