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  • From Beyond

    From Beyond 1986

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Aug, 2015

    I've always had a hard time writing reviews for my favorite movies. I can not even begin to know how to write this review. From Beyond came to me when I was first getting into body horror and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. Its crazy pink/purple lighting that, at times, is both amazing and ridiculous, its hammy, but sincere, performances by Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, and its fantastic special effects work are only some of…

  • Listen Up Philip

    Listen Up Philip 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2015

    In a sort of mish-mash of Woody Allen and the bizarreness of the mumblecore film movement, Listen Up Philip takes what would be the classical Allen protagonist and shows just how insufferable his solipsism could be. Listen Up Philip documents how toxic and damaging entering any sort of relationship with the titular Philip can be. His negative influence is shown in the long segments of the film where supporting players are miserable, even with few appearances of Phillip in these…

  • American Ultra

    American Ultra 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2015

    A colorful and authentic pastiche in a similar spirit of True Romance and Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World. Somehow, screenwriter Max Landis and director Nima Nourizadeh blend elements of Total Recall, Scott Pilgrim, and countless other films without any homages or winking at the camera. The love story coursing through the veins of American Ultra is pure and sincere with true character moments that allows Jesse Eisenberg (who perfectly plays to his strengths here) and Kristen Stewart (continuing to prove…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Aug, 2015

    Videodrome opens with a double entendre that essentially hints some of the major themes and the nature in which man and machine will interact throughout the rest of the film.

    "Civic TV. The one you take to bed with you."

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four 2015

    ★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    It's almost funny how uneloquently the film fails to hide the seams between Trank's dour sci-fi/horror Fantastic Four and the studio's attempts at aping a Marvel Studios-esque serious-not serious superhero movie. It's unfortunate because Fantastic Four only feels like a rough cut of what should be a Cronenbergian divergent from the standard superhero fare. Aside from the Akira homages, that I will assume will now be Trank's trademark, the last act of the film brought down an alright movie.

    Some…

  • Two Moon Junction

    Two Moon Junction 1988

    ★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    It's been said not to judge a book by it's cover. In the case of Two Moon Junction you get exactly what you expect from a poster that looks like a cheap romance novel. It's not particularly well written or even romantic, but it is certainly erotic. The always beautiful Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson as a Fabio-esque carnie are, perhaps, the only reason why one should ever make a stop at Two Moon Junction.

  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Aug, 2015

    A loving tribute to a much cherished series

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    Could have been a great Edgar Wright film
    Ended up being Peyton Reed's greatest film

    That's not just because Edgar Wright's fingerprints are all over Ant-Man, although that's a plus. Ant-Man is different, Ant-Man is grounded, and, most importantly, Ant-Man is hilarious.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    The messier sequel to the 2012 hit that is bigger, more destructive, and more dysfunctional. One thing I can always commend Marvel for, and they show it particularly here in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is that all the destruction and dysfunction has repercussions. Not retroactive repercussions like what DC is doing with Man of Steel's fallout being felt in a separate film. Heroes feel guilt, fear, and anger for those hurt by their city-leveling brawls and the world reacts too.…

  • You're Next

    You're Next 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Jul, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pure inventive and gory fun. Seemingly "eat-the-rich" premise, but You're Next proves to be much more cannibalistic than that. Bickering amongst family doesn't stop, even when blood is shed. Bickering intensifies with bloodshed until the family autocannibalizes. Stylish, smart, and actually hilarious.

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina 1954

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2015

    Sabrina isn't as cynical, subversive, or even as crass as Billy Wilder's other features, but it makes up for it with its charm, which it has in spades.

  • 7 Days in Hell

    7 Days in Hell 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2015

    Stupid
    Ridiculous
    Outrageous
    But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't hilarious. 7 Days in Hell is the dumbest (but still funny) thing to come from HBO since Mr. Show. From its ludicrous celebrity cameos and bit parts to its total absurdity, 7 Days in Hell is a totally effective comedy. Everything, the costuming, the script, the acting, Andy Samberg's hair, etc., has been pushed so far beyond the envelope that the best two words to describe it are "stupid" and "genius".
    But its still pretty much insane.