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  • Trance

    Trance 2013

    ★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015 2

    I like the style. James McAvoy can be an entertaining actor, so there's that. But the story gets so damn convoluted. Trance goes on way too long, and like a minute into the what-felt-like-thirty-minutes-of exposition that explains the entire plot, I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and say "fuck this," even though I knew the movie was almost over.

    That long-ass exposition was really the kicker for me. They can't just let the plot gradually unfold,…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 May, 2015

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

    I really enjoyed this. It has a slow burn thing going, but the tension keeps it from ever being boring.

    The setting is great. The characters and acting all add a layer of tension that never dissipates. The cinematography is beautiful. There's no unnecessary action, no unnecessary spectacle, just a great script and great story enhanced by great filmmaking.

    There's a deleted scene that actually adds a lot more to the film, where we see things from Ava's perspective and…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing 1982

    ★★★★★ Added

    This is one of my favorite films ever. It is the perfect blend of sci-fi and horror. The special effects are so well done that even decades later they remain a disturbing sight; modern movies should watch The Thing and weep in shame.

    The characters, the paranoia, the sense of claustrophobic doom, it's all brilliantly done.

    I watched this movie when I was decently young, so it holds a special place in my heart as being one of the few films that ever managed to scare me.

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2013 4

    Just found my MGM Region 3 Director's Cut buried in a pile of DVDs. Groovy.

    The movie is 93 minutes long with some alternate takes and the original ending. It's awesome, though I do miss "Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun."

    Army of Darkness is a ridiculous, campy, over-the-top slapstick comedy in which the goofy Ash manages to make life a lot more difficult for everyone he meets. There really is nothing like a Bruce Campbell one-liner.