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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jan, 2014 2

    There really isn't anything quite as disappointing as when you go a while without watching one of your past favorite horror films and it just is not quite as good as it once was for you. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun but I am not sure if I can still say that I enjoy it more than the original (I didn't say it is better than the original, just that I used…

  • Curdled 1996

    Watched 29 Jan, 2014 10

    Curdled started out as a short film by Reb Braddock made in 1991. I believe the lead character, Gabriela Ponce inspired Tarantino to cast her as the death-obsessed cab driver in Pulp Fiction. Fast forward a few years and Tarantino is [executive] producing Reb Braddock to turn his short into a feature-length film with the same title.

    One of the biggest setbacks for the movie is in the casting. The women at the cleaning agency look as if they were…

  • The Beast Within 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jan, 2014 5

    Coincidentally I watched 3 of my top 5 films from my Bad Dads list here on letterboxd in the past week. I say coincidentally but I have to wonder if it has any correlation with the fact my Dad died last month. We had been estranged for the past 10 years and I didn't find out about his death until the first of this year, 2 days after he passed. Not that my father was a cicada (to my knowledge)…

  • Xtro 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jan, 2014 7

    The fact that Xtro is under-appreciated goes hand in hand with the fact that the movie is unfortunately under-seen. While sporting some state of the art effects, the music in the film is minimalist yet menacing, it reminds me of the creatively low-budget, Carpenter-like keyboard scores we all know and love.

    A perfect example of why I love less is more approaches to science fiction/horror-hybrids, it's so refreshing to simply let the story unfold rather than have it turn into…

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2014 2

    It is really hard to watch Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey and not think of the recent scandal which completely toppled his career and his image in the eye of the public. While I don't excuse his poor choice in having intimate relationships with sixteen year olds, I find it sort of difficult to tolerate the statements made by people calling him a child molester. Think of the popular case with Mary Kay Letourneau, the convicted American teacher who served…

  • Murderball 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2014

    Upon the release of Murderball in 2005 I have been aware of it and keeping a mental note to watch the documentary since then, finding it on Norwegian Netflix today provided the perfect opportunity to finally check it off the list.

    This documentary is much more than exploring paraplegic rugby in that it tells us the story of a few key participants in the sport, how they were injured, what their sex life entails and, most importantly, the heart, determination…

  • Mirror Mirror 2012

    ★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2014

    In 2012 there were two new retellings of the classic story of Snow White to choose from with Snow White and the Huntsman more grim and dark and Mirror Mirror on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. In all honesty I had expected Mirror Mirror to be an overall better film but in the end I enjoyed them about the same, only for different reasons.

    Surely I can appreciate gender role-reversal but in the case of Mirror Mirror I…

  • Phantoms 1998

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2014 5

    Phantoms starts out fairly strong and atmospheric for what it is, which in having a theatrical release and budget, comes off as a really good television miniseries at best. The movie takes a completely different tone in the second half with Peter O'Toole coming in and classing it up but not completely saving it.

    Surprisingly, my favorite character was actually portrayed by Liev Schreiber, he does a pretty decent creeper. I don't feel the need to get into my hatred…

  • The Thing 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2014 21

    "..Det er en slags ting!!!" If only they listened to the crazed Norwegian..

    John Carpenter, Rob Bottin, Ennio Morricone and the entire cast (with an obvious focus on Kurt Russell) came together and created one of the best remakes ever made, which was sadly panned at the time of its release. The Thing is one of those films which just gets better as it ages and improves on every viewing. I am not sure how many times I've seen this…

  • The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2014 42

    After having over a meter (3 feet for my fellow Americans) of snow fall on us in just a few days, the isolated and trapped feeling gave us great cause to want to watch the ultimate cabin fever-in the depth of winter film. Regardless of how many times one has seen The Shining, it never loses that overwhelming sense of dread.

    As soon as Jack Torrance is in frame, that uneasy feeling takes over. I feel as though I wish…

  • The Frozen Ground 2013

    ★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2014 4

    50 Cent's hair, lol...I am not exactly sure why they thought it was a good idea to cast him because he was awful.

    Somehow, surprisingly, Nicolas Cage was by far the standout performance in this mediocre "based on true events" crime thriller about Robert Hansen.

    When it comes to this material I would much rather watch a documentary-style television show or read a book about the crime, a lot of times the inspired by-movies just sensationalize, sexualize and scrutinize all…

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2014

    I had a big dumb smile on my face through the entire movie and it was coupled with this urge to PUNCH the couch because I got so pumped up about killing kaiju!

    Brainless fun with an extremely likable cast! The 3D was decent in the first 15 minutes but then went pretty unnoticed afterwards, which is sadly the case with most 3D, I find.

    Pacific Rim didn't burst through any intellectual barriers but it managed to thoroughly entertain me for the entire running time, that's all I need sometimes.