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  • Hard Target

    Hard Target 1993

    ★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2016

    A complete waste of a genius premise. First Blood meets A Most Dangerous Game, directed by John Woo starring JCVD.
    Woo's action is as frenetic yet coherent as usual, but Van Damme brings little more than some (admittedly sick) roundhouse kicks to the table. His wooden acting and lack of enunciation (I swear I understood maybe 40% of his one-liners) combine with a terrible script to doom this film.
    Even Wilford Brimley showing up can't save this one. Seems a…

  • Stalker

    Stalker 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A strange, slow trip through a remarkable landscape. Sound design and cinematography remind me of Lynch's Eraserhead. I loved how the film starts out in monochrome, and right after it has nearly lulled you to sleep with the repetitive noise of the trolley, slams into color just as they enter the Zone. Similarly, there are countless static shots (which gives a silent film-type feel when combined with the sepia-tint) that jerk into motion or slowly zoom right up to the…

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  • Scanners

    Scanners 1981

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 3

    Film #2 of my Horror Marathon

    Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…

  • Inferno

    Inferno 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #3 of my Horror Marathon

    I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…