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  • Sinister 2

    Sinister 2 2015

    ★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    Yet another horror sequel that completely misunderstands what was so terrifying about the original. Like so many sequels before it, SINISTER II cherry picks the most disturbing aspects of Scott Derrickson's original SINISTER and then overdoes them, completely destroying the first film's unnerving sense of dread. Director Ciaran Foy shows too much, focuses too much on the ghostly children and the demonic Bughuul, who were used so sparingly and so effectively the first go round. A few chilling images can't make up for lackluster performances (mainly from a completely miscast lead), over-reliance on jump scares and an overall sense of ennui.

  • The Monster that Challenged the World

    The Monster that Challenged the World 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    I'm a sucker for old B-movies like this, and while THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD is very much of the "1950s nuclear scare" vein of sci-fi monster films that were so prevalent during the decade (ie GODZILLA, THEM!, and ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMAN), it's also better than many of its brethren. It's a pretty standard premise - nuclear testing awakens prehistoric snails (!) from and underground cave who proceed to wreak havoc near a military base at…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.