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  • The Frighteners 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2014 4

    Peter Jackson's "The Frighteners" is full of so much over-the-top, wam-bam energy that it is hard to be able to latch on to anything with meaning or value. Not that the film is made to be deep or meaningful. It is the kind of full-speed horror-comedy-adventure where everything is played at high volumes for maximum enjoyment. Still, it is nice when a film slows down and lets its audience connect with something. This eventually happens in "The Frighteners," turning it…

  • Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animation 2012

    ★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    With its lousy script and even lousier effects, "Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animation" is an insufferable zombie film. It does bear the dual almost-saving graces of a serviceable cast and a dose of wit, but nothing can salvage the film from the bottom of its genre barrel.

    Abusing the public domain moniker, "Night of the Living Dead," this film tries to connect itself to George A. Romero's undead universe, but falls dreadfully short. Its story revolves around the employees…

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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.

  • The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Oct, 2014 8

    The most brilliant stroke of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is not to base its horrors fully in the supernatural, but to ground the film's most powerful chills in something real, something tangible, and something to which nearly everyone can relate. The horror of "The Shining" is not about murdered twins, skin-sloughing hags, or torrents of blood; it is about family. The horrors of Kubrick's film are fully derived from the implosion of a family unit due to drink, economics, isolation,…