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  • Phantasm IV: Oblivion

    Phantasm IV: Oblivion 1998

    ★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2016

    Film #5 of Hooptober 3.0: The Quickening

    There's a good idea at the core of Phantasm IV: Oblivion, but there's just not enough substance to see it through. Don Coscarelli wants to go back to the origins of the Tall Man for this film, but budgeting problems forced him to use too much cut footage to pad out the running time and not enough new story. The cast of returnees are game in Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister and…

  • Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

    Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2016

    Film #4 of Hooptober 3.0: The Quickening

    The first three Phantasm films are pretty good representations for the horror films of their respective decades. The first film was a surreal, low-budget and somewhat experimental production straight out of the late '70s, while the second took a distinctly action-oriented turn for the '80s. Phantasm III follows the '90s trend of being just slightly progressive and very trippy, with some Clive Barker and David Cronenbergian body horror moments and a storyline that…

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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…