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  • The Entity 1982

    ★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Telling the story of Carla Moran, who claimed in 1976 to have been sexually attacked by an "entity" unseen and unexplained, I'm really confused where one draws the line between exploitation* and legitimate storytelling.

    To clear up a few basics. As a horror film it is an abject failure. As a suspense film it is mediocre. As a creepy enterprise with a few jumps? Well, it's barely passable. Barbara Hershey as Ms. Moran is, again, passable, but I wouldn't push…

  • You're Next 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    The slasher genre can be fairly said to be dying if not dead. The last half-decade and more has seen an intensification of efforts for "suspense" films, which took as their inspiration and template the single most dreadful such film: The Blair Witch Project. They also took from that movie the dubious camera methodology of found-footage—whose pedigree goes back to Cannibal Holocaust, by the way. (Nobody likes guilt by association but I'd like to see them disassociate from that.) The…

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  • Avatar 2009

    ★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2013 3

    It is simply impossible to see what the fuss was about. Was it the visuals perhaps—surely surpassed now by Life of Pi (reviewed here)? It can't be the acting—I like Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver as much as anybody, but reality is still reality. My impression is that the supposed wondrousness of the thing was political: this is a film that presents a vision of what idiots believe the Iraq War was about—and indeed what people now commonly take to…

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jun, 2013

    Following the exploits of King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his trusty man-servant Patsy (Terry Gilliam), the film "tracks" the expansion of this court of Camelot to include Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), Sir Robin (Eric Idle), Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones), and Sir Galahad (Michael Palin), and their subsequent quest for the holy grail.

    Arthur's initial mission to expand his court since he has been declared king. It starts with an unfortunate encounter with knights who are more interested in how they…