Steve Nixon watched
I've not seen a mumblecore film I didn't like and even though this isn't the strongest example of the genre it's an entertaining quirky little thing that's relaxing and tension building at the same time. It will take you back to childhood if you had an older/younger brother.
Ian Loring rewatched
My first watch in probably 15 years. Takes the piss in just how much of a retread it is but Bill Murray is awake and funny, the effects are actually pretty fun, and there are some nice visuals (Peter MacNicol's headlight eyes spring to mind). This film gets an awful lot of shit and I kinda see why but I still enjoy spending time with these guys, even if it is "same shit, different day".
For solid fans of the franchise, add a star.
Solid gore and a tight runtime, along with some fun characters, make this worth a watch for horror fans. Not perfect by any means, there are two parallel stories, one of which is pretty boring, and Zach Galligan gives a shockingly poor performance but there's fun to be had here.
Ian Loring rewatched
A 3rd act which becomes far too drawn out and some performances which are too theatrical for their own good spoil a good looking and for the most part intriguing film which takes an old potboiler of a story and makes it somewhat relevant for the time it was made.
An absolutely brilliant combination of "hanging out" film and something with social issues heavily on its mind, Spike Lee is at his fire-brand best here with a film which isn't just about the problems between white and black but about all types of people having stereotypical thoughts about others but for the most part, co-existing.
A terrific ensemble come together to create a vibrant community which becomes damaged by pettiness, pre-conceived notions though also a justifiable anger. Both harrowing and entertaining, it's a pretty much perfect film.
Kat Moir watched
Now You See Me is all about illusion, and making you see something you don't actually see.
One of the key themes is that the closer you look, the less you see.
This film managed to trick me into thinking it was brilliant. For about 80% of it, I convinced myself it was fantastic. The performances were great, the plot seemed alright and it does genuinely look and sound brilliant.
Half an hour after, the illusion is over and I've decided I didn't really like it much at all.
The closer I examine the plot, the less sense it makes.
Or maybe I'm just missing a trick.
John Carpenter watched
The ‘nunsploitation’ world is a strange one. On one hand there is a devout commitment to God. To punish a sinner with death doesn’t seem to drift very far from some Old Testament teachings. The other hand is much more sadistic in nature. Tying up topless nuns and torturing them for information seems a bit extreme, even for a fire and brimstone pushing priest. This is where the fun is though. The nunsploitation subgenre takes potentially justifiable punishments to an ungodly level. So when Father Onorio (Corrado Gaipa) and The Abbess enter the picture, expect all hell to break loose. Even though they rule with an iron fist, the clergy is almost forced to play along with his antics under the ruse of religion. It deftly exposes how far people may actually go for their beliefs. While the Catholic Church may watch a feature like “The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine” and dismiss it as sacrilege, it should be noted that this odd subgenre opens up the argument that organized religion in the wrong hands is not far removed from the cult-like activities found in “The Manson Family” Read the full review here...www.theaterthoughts.com/?p=4848
aka Guinea Pigs.
Was intrigued by this all the way back to the programme for FrightFest 2011 before it was pulled due to not being ready. Upon finally watching I'm not so fussed on the thing.
An interesting enough premise and a wide variety of characters in the first 20 minutes gives way to a horror film which often forgets to have any horror and instead consists of people repeating the same arguements over and over again. The bizarre decision to have the killers basically shouting in the background but never really attacking also leads to an almost complete lack of tension. Coupled with an ending which feels like everyone just gave up, this all makes not one of the very worst horrors of recent years but also one which does nothing to be remembered for.