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  • Shadow of the Vampire 2000

    Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    Went into this with low expectations -- the premise is barely a premise. ("What if Max Schreck really was a vampire?!" Okay. And?) So I was surprised, thirty minutes in (during the re-creation of the contract scene) to find the core of a funny, workable idea: the star-struck newbie, starring in a big feature film, who also happens to be a maladjusted rat-faced vampire. Unfortunately, absolutely nothing else in the film supports that idea, which ends up wasting a fairly…

  • The Resurrected 1992

    Watched 05 Oct, 2014

    A lot of things hurt this movie -- the molasses pacing, the indifferent cinematography, the passable acting, the dated-for-1992 special effects -- but none more so than that protagonist John Terry (Jack's dad on LOST) looks like MacGruber.

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2013 10

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

  • Dredd 2012

    ★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2013 9

    Okay hotshots, pop quiz: you’re making a movie and your title character is a male badass law enforcement agent who never takes off his helmet and is so devoted to the law that he’s more or less a robot. Your second character, his partner, is the opposite of him in nearly every way: a woman, a rookie, and due to a clever plot development, never wears a helmet.

    With me? So: how do you write the female character? That is,…