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  • The Wolfman 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    Though it could use some narrative thickening, Joe Johnston's "The Wolfman" is a respectable and excitingly rendered horror film. Taking advantage of CG creature effects and settings, the film offers a no-holds barred updating of a classic story that may lack weight and depth but still manages to generate thrills.

    "The Wolfman" provides the time-honored collection of lycanthropic plot points: death on the moors, gypsy intrigue, and monthly transformations. Unfortunately, there is not much else to the narrative mix beside…

  • Lifeforce 1985

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Oct, 2014 4

    Tobe Hooper's "Lifeforce" is a more refined line-reading or two from being a great horror film. To be sure, Hooper's film is watchable, satisfying, and has a certain bugnuts sensibility running through its cinematic veins; but its lack of polish sometimes gets the better of it.

    Most appropriately described as sexy, body-hopping space-vampires take London, the story at work in "Lifeforce" is cheeky and compelling; but Hooper plays it completely straight. Exploitative, hokey, gory, sexually-charged, and uniquely crazed, the plot…

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  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 32

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2014 7

    Somewhere between arty experiment, naturalistic travelogue, morass of allegories, and fetishistic genre bender sits Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Alternately mesmerizing and repellant, rewarding and dull, the film requires patience and open mind. As an experience, it may crash with a resounding thud or soar with scintillating qualities.

    As polarizing as it may be, Glazer's film is audacious piece of work. A methodical portrait of some otherworldy thing experiencing life and humanity in Scotland, the film is light on dialogue…