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  • Galaxy of Terror 1981

    ★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2014 20

    After watching Under the Skin last night I had a very hard time settling into a movie afterwards. I started watching Rockula but after 16 minutes I had to just shut it off (it's so awful and ridiculous). After that I let Richard talk me into possibly watching Manborg and after about 2 minutes I demanded he put a stop to the movie and NEVER mention it again because I am NOT interested. Finally Galaxy of Terror is brought up…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Aug, 2014 19

    Every now and then I stumble upon a film that simply feels as though it was made for me. The last time I felt this way during and after a movie was Beyond the Black Rainbow. Taking into consideration how many movies I watch in a year and subtract that by the amount of movies that have this effect on me, I would say this sort of experience is about one in four hundred movies. Maybe that's why it feels…

  • Excalibur 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2014 5

    I really liked Excalibur but I think it could have been even better if they would have cast someone besides Nigel Terry as King Arthur.

    Speaking of the cast, whoa...Helen Mirren as Morgana....heeeelllllooo nurse!

  • Grave of the Vampire 1972

    ★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    I wasn't hoping for so much more from Grave of the Vampire, I was EXPECTING it. That's what I get for being duped by William Castle-esque gimmicks. I wanted to watch a movie with a vampire baby (a la Grace), not William Smith hulking around like a fucking brainless beefcake.

    I found a majority of Grave of the Vampire rather boring with a few glimmers of hope scattered throughout. Two memorable scenes that stood out involved a woman cutting her…

  • Her 2013

    ★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014 8

    I wish my Grandpa was alive so he could see that wearing pants above the navel is in fashion in the future.

    I wish I had never seen the youtube video showing the face in Phoenix's forehead; a probably really touching moment was ruined with me stifling laughter.

    Lastly, I wish this movie lived up to the hype surrounding it. I wanted to experience Her but instead I just felt like I was waiting for the inevitable end.

  • All Cheerleaders Die 2013

    Watched 02 Aug, 2014 17

    Thankfully all of the people involved in making this movie will die too.

  • The Breakfast Club 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Aug, 2014

    The 5-star rating is because The Breakfast Club is seeped in sentimentality, and I, too, once subscribed to the segregated groups of teenagers in an American high school-way of life in my youth. I hung out with the Benders and the Allisons of the 1990s, but being from an incredibly small, rural town I knew and grew up with everyone in my class. Everyone fit into their stereotypes; the farm kids who rode to school on tractors and snowmobiles (I'm…

  • Sensi 1986

    ★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    Here we go again...Sensi (with the English title of Evil Senses) is considered by some as a giallo and, well...it's not. The movie is an erotic thriller that fails to produce any worthwhile eroticism or thrills.

    Gabriele Lavia (Profondo Rosso, Beyond the Door, Zeder) stars as an assassin with a penchant for hanging out in brothels in hopes to test out the merchandise. He's made way with some important documents and two men hoping to get these papers back enlist…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014 2

    Whenever I finish watching a Wes Anderson movie I experience a euphoric high, his movies just make me feel happy. There are actually very few filmmakers who deliver this with such consistency.

    What I like most is that I can just sit back and take in the striking beauty and brilliant performances, my brain is given a chance to just relax and be entertained.

    I think The Grand Budapest Hotel may actually be my new favorite Wes Anderson movie.

  • The Purge 2013

    ★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014 12

    As a comedy, The Purge just worked as I laughed through a good chunk of the second half. I had to laugh at the security footage getting all "artistic," the skeeziness of keeping the teenaged daughter in her school uniform ALL EVENING (because kids don't want to get out of that shit AS SOON as they get home...), and the family's inability to just stick together and communicate.

    As a thriller, The Purge failed miserably. The amount of people who…

  • Night of the Living Dead 1990

    ★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014 6

    Yesterday was our three-year wedding anniversary and what better way to spend it than watching three zombie movies from the 1990s we haven't seen in a while?! How else would you expect Richard and I to celebrate our marriage?

    I felt pretty disappointed as soon as Night of the Living Dead started and I couldn't shake that feeling for the rest of the movie. Disappointment is always a possibility when revisiting a movie after a long absence. I always campaigned…

  • Cemetery Man 1994

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014 16

    Dellamorte Dellamore is the last great Italian horror film. Normally I would save something so heavy for the closing but I just want to make sure people read that fact, if it's the only thing they read in this post, I'll be happy. Starting with Mario Bava's gothic horror films of the 1960s and ending with Michele Soavi's Dellamorte Dellamore, the span of Italian horror cinema did not last very long. The success of Italian horror films can almost be…