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  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Dec, 2014 14

    For the past 20 years of my life I've had a tradition of watching a marathon of Twilight Zone episodes on television on New Year's Eve/New Year's Day. This obviously started because of the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) Channel, as they've always aired the show on those two days.

    I grew up watching this movie as well and I've memorized it from start to finish, but I still enjoy watching it (with the obvious exception of Steven Spielberg's crappy, out-of-place "magical…

  • The Signal

    The Signal 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Dec, 2014 21

    The Signal is one of the most underrated horror films of the aughts and NOW would be the perfect time for people to discover (or rediscover) the film, as it is set around New Year's Eve. This was probably my 4th or 5th viewing, and it still manages to keep me fully engrossed.

    While AJ Bowen is now an actor known for his collaborations with Ti West and Adam Wingard, before that he starred in The Signal and so far…

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Dec, 2014 22

    Top Five Gremlins:

    FIVE

    FOUR

    THREE

    TWO

    ONE

  • Escapes

    Escapes 1986

    ★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2014 2

    My goal was to reach 600 movies this year and with Escapes, I accomplished it. That's probably the most interesting thing I have to say about the movie, unfortunately.

    Escapes is a horror anthology made up of short films originally intended as in-between programming on the Sci-Fi channel in the 1980s.

    The wraparound consists of a young guy coming home, finding a package in the mail, opening it and pulling out a VHS tape he says he didn't order. He…

  • Hard Target

    Hard Target 1993

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2014 15

    I don't like action films, but I LOVED Hard Target. Every now and then the genre offers up a film so amazing that I begin to question why I don't like more action packed, ass kicking movies; but to answer my own question, it's because, unfortunately, they can't all be directed by John Woo, John McTiernan or Paul Verhoeven.

    Woo's signature use of slow motion and pigeons adds a whole new level of commitment to how over-the-top action films are,…

  • Stonehearst Asylum

    Stonehearst Asylum 2014

    ★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2014 9

    Session 9 director, Brad Anderson, returns to familiar territory with another asylum-based film in Stonehearst Asylum, this time the story is based off of a short tale by Edgar Allan Poe, and the same story was the basis of the 1973 Mexican film, directed by Juan López Moctezuma that you may have heard of, called The Mansion of Madness.

    Stonehearst Aslyum is a more straight-forward, easy to follow retelling with a cast of heavyweight actors: Michael Caine, David Thewlis, Ben…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2014 38

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

    The sudden and tragic loss of someone you love can affect a person in unpredictable ways, even years after the death. It can approach with a faint warning like a few gentle knocks on a door, or it can jolt you awake in the middle of a much needed sleep.

    It was the morning of October 18th, 2014, a Saturday my husband had to work. As I woke up, I went through the groggy motions of my terrible morning ritual;…

  • A Merry Friggin' Christmas

    A Merry Friggin' Christmas 2014

    ★½ Watched 23 Dec, 2014 2

    While watching A Merry Friggin' Christmas with Richard's family, we couldn't resist having a quick, hushed, mini-observation-session pointing out the flaws, predictability and generic nature of the movie. To his family, we probably sounded like a couple of assholes. I made a point to just sit there and keep my mouth shut the rest of the running time.

    In knowing that this was one of Robin Williams' final roles before his suicide, I couldn't help but notice how displaced and…

  • Love Actually

    Love Actually 2003

    Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014 10

    To steal a line repeatedly used throughout -

    "If you can't say it at Christmas, then when can you say it?" This movie sucks.

    I watched Love Actually for the first time in 2012 and I was suckered into it, it was one of my first Christmases in Norway and I was missing my family, culture, country, pretty terribly and they opened and closed the film with scenes of people reunited in the airport. That's my excuse and I'm sticking…

  • Silent Night, Bloody Night : The Homecoming

    Silent Night, Bloody Night : The Homecoming 2013

    Watched 19 Dec, 2014 3

    Imagine you're in the last week of July, the sun is scorching hot and there's a mirage up ahead. You can smell it before you can make out the source clearly, it's a black garbage bag full of smoldering garbage; baby diapers full of shit, used tampons, milk cartons and half eaten tuna fish sandwiches covered in maggots, all fermenting together and basking in the hot sun.

    That foul, terrible odor that is making you feel faint and nauseous is somehow more tolerable than Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming.

  • Night of the Dark Full Moon

    Night of the Dark Full Moon 1972

    ★★½ Watched 18 Dec, 2014 6

    Silent Night, Bloody Night is one of the earliest films [associate] produced by Lloyd Kaufman, despite the 1974 placed next to the title here on Letterboxd, the film was shot in 1970 and finished/released in 1972.

    The movie has finally been released, cleaned up on two different DVDs; one released in a double feature by Code Red DVD (with Invasion of the Blood Farmers) and the other on an affordable release by a distribution company called Film Chest. If you…

  • Holiday Affair

    Holiday Affair 1949

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Dec, 2014 2

    Ever since I got my scraggly sea-hag-lady hair cut off, I look a little less like the evil, cackling, child-hating witch who lives on the mountain in the house with all the cats. Maybe I even feel a little less like that caricature, because the kid in this movie, little Timmy, he was the cutest darn thing in Holiday Affair and he managed to out charm Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh and Wendell Corey--combined.