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  • The Dark

    The Dark 1994

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 Mar, 2016

    Always had a soft spot for this Canadian monster movie that's heads above most 90's horror. The acting is uniformly great, the rat creature is well done and aside from a few false notes story-wise, everything technically is pretty tight. A textbook example of low-budget horror done right. Check it out when you can.

  • The Challenge

    The Challenge 1982

    ★½ Watched 26 Mar, 2016

    A terrible mess of a film headlined by miscast Scott Glenn and a solid Toshiro Mifune. None of it makes any sense and it doesn't try to. It'd be interesting to have an in-depth conversation with John Sayles about being part of such a disaster. You can tell that Ando, played by Calvin Jung, is speaking in Sayles. He has all the best lines.

    Apparently Frankenheimer was drinking on set and checked himself into rehab after shooting. That figures. The…

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  • Over the Top

    Over the Top 1987

    ★★ Added 1

    VHS, North Miami, Florida.

    So Stallone drives up to his estranged son’s military school graduation in a beat-up semi, bearing documents that prove his paternity and a desire to make up for not being around the kid’s whole life. The kid wants none of it. I wouldn’t either, because Stallone is fucking insane. How else would you characterize a guy who’d drive his 18-wheeler through a rich guy’s iron gate, over his beautiful fountain and straight through the front door,…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2012

    Digital. Alamo Drafthouse Village. Starts out slow but soon loses its mind. One of the best films of the past 20 years in any genre.