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  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2015 5

    You can either hand over your son, or you can die screaming next to him!
    -John Wick

    Someone dropped some Hong Kong cinema in my Keanu Reeves movie!

    Reeves has a love of Hong Kong action movies. After a few slight misfires in the last few years with 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, which came close, he is finally in a film that completely captures that world. It's possibly the best John Woo movie, that wasn't directed by…

  • Oculus

    Oculus 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2015 2

    I've met my demons and they are many. I've seen the devil, and he is me.
    -Alan Russell

    I'm shocked at how entertained I was by this movie. When you see that WWE Studios stamp of approval on a film, especially horror films (see my thoughts on Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2), you get certain expectations of the level of crap you're about to experience.

    This on the other hand was actually enjoyable. Afterwards looking up the WWE's…

  • Borgman

    Borgman 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015 2

    Could I perhaps just take a bath here?

    A masterclass in the cryptic. My first film from writer/director Alex van Warmerdam and I love what I've seen so far. He gives you just enough to make you think you know what's going on and then proceeds to have his way with your brain.

    I loved how Borgman, disturbingly played by Jan Bijvoet, and his cohorts have an obvious history together that is never explained, but simply made apparent by…

  • Beyond Outrage

    Beyond Outrage 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    You started a rumor that I was dead.

    There is some joy in watching Takeshi Kitano yell at a Yakuza underboss that he's tired of his shit and daring him to shoot him. That's just one small entertaining moment in many that make up Kitano's sequel to 2010's Outrage. It's a bit of a different beast, but it's still the badassery of Beat Takeshi.

    What I enjoyed most about the film isn't just Otomo (Tekeshi) going out for revenge,…

  • Lesson of the Evil

    Lesson of the Evil 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015 2

    Hey partner how about a little more enthusiasm!
    -The Partner

    One of the things I love about Takashi Miike is that you can never predict what his next film is going to be like. You look at films like Audition, 13 Assassins and Ichi the Killer for example and they don't even look like they were made by the same director.

    Lesson of the Evil is audacious, over the top, controversial and almost disturbing in it's assuredness. Right or wrong,…

  • A Long Way Down

    A Long Way Down 2014

    ★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015 2

    I underestimated how much they hate me.

    I thought this had tremendous potential. Four people meet on New Years Eve when they all converge on the roof of the Toppers Building to commit suicide as it's London's most popular place for such activities. They talk each other down and then effect each others lives because they have no one else.

    The four are even all actors I like: Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots. So. Great…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond 1986

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015 2

    It ate him... bit off his head... like a gingerbread man!
    -Crawford Tillinghast

    For some reason the only thing I knew about From Beyond was that Charles Band had a producer's credit on it, which didn't exactly put it on my priority watch list. More of a "I'll watch it when I watch it" list. So we started it and the first thing I say is "Holy shit that's Jeffrey Combs!" Then Ken Foree's name in the opening credits! Wait-a-minute...…

  • Scream Blacula Scream

    Scream Blacula Scream 1973

    ★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    You disgust me! Good night!

    It looks like this is generally regarded as a better film then the first Blacula, but I just didn't have as much fun with it despite having Pam Grier added to the cast as a Voodoo priestess.

    I think I mainly found the cast weaker then the original as Grier doesn't have that much screen time so William Marshall has to support most of the film by himself. He's still great, but in the first outing you also had Thalmus Rasulala who ended up being almost as entertaining as Marshall.

    Still a fun outing in blaxploitation cinema though.

  • Kung Fu Jungle

    Kung Fu Jungle 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    I'm here to fight you to the death.
    -Fung Yu-sau

    Part serial killer film, all martial arts film... starring Donnie Yen! That should be enough to interest any Hong Kong action movie aficionado. It's directed by Teddy Chan, but just as importantly the Action Director is of course Donnie Yen which brings certain expectations to the film.

    There is a martial arts expert that is hunting down the best martial artists in different disciplines and beating them at their own…

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015 3

    If I ever saw a man holdin' a bull by the tail, you're it.
    -Pat Wheeler

    Howard Hawks and John Wayne's "answer to High Noon". You could take their attitude towards the Gary Cooper classic as arrogance and a bit insulting, but to be honest in an age where every major star runs their sound bites through their PR agents I find their disdain for the film entertaining.

    I don't agree with what the director and star had to say…

  • Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

    Wrestling Isn't Wrestling 2015

    ★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015 2

    It has more in common with Game of Thrones then UFC.
    -Max Landis

    Max Landis is at it again with a short centered on wrestling, more specifically Triple H, done in the vein of his Death and Return of Superman short. Should be entertaining to wrestling fans... I can't imagine it having anything to offer to non-fans.

    View it on YouTube here.

  • Parallels

    Parallels 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015

    Told you. You try telling poeple you're from an alternate universe, somehow it never goes very well.

    An unassuming building is the gateway to alternate dimensions! A brother and sister, with a loser friend in tow, go to the address at precisely 6:15PM as a weird message from their father instructed them too and then we are off!

    Mysteries keep piling on as they meet Polly who was already in the building and learn that it switches dimensions every…