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  • Haunter

    Haunter 2013

    ★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    Film #18 of Hooptober 3.0: The Quickening

    Haunter isn't quite what I expected it to be, and I mean that in a mostly good way. Vincenzo Natali's supernatural thriller is an interesting mashup of a reverse Stir of Echoes and Groundhog Day. Those are two concepts you wouldn't really expect to work well together, but the concept plays fairly well. It's far from perfect; the story gets a bit messy at times and some of the concepts and background plots…

  • Circle

    Circle 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    Film #17 of Hooptober 3.0: The Quickening

    It may be a touch derivative for some people's tastes but for those with a bent toward high-concept, low-budget sci-fi thrillers Circle is a really great effort. The set-up is simple: fifty individuals wake up standing in a dark room in red circles and learn they have to vote every two minutes on who dies next. What happens next turns into a game of manipulation and game theory as the rest try desperately…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2012 1

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…