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  • Unforgiven 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Sep, 2014 7

    Kill and kill and kill, then be killed in return. That's all I thought my life was.
    -Jubei Kamata

    How appropriate is this? Clint Eastwood's first starring role, and arguably where he announced to the world that he's much more then a TV star, was a Western (A Fistful of Dollars) remake of a critically acclaimed samurai film (Yojimbo). Here we get Eastwood's last Western (Unforgiven), a materpiece in it's own rights, being remade into a samurai film.

    These are…

  • Byzantium 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    I'm never merciful, and knowledge is a fatal thing.

    Neil Jordan somewhat returns to the vampire genre a good 18 years after Interview with the Vampire, funny thing is though I started watching this without knowing it had anything supernatural going on about it. I knew the director, I knew Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton were in it with a NetFlix description of "On the run for a gruesome crime, two women take refuge in a seaside town, where…

  • Curtains 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 3

    I mean GOD DAMMIT, you haven't spent five minutes with me and now you're telling me I'm wrong for the part. WHY? Because I haven't got a staple to my navel like that centerfold, because I wouldn't pirouette into bed with you and skate on your face?
    -Patti O'Connor

    A troubled production on a low budget Canadian horror film resulting in it being shelved for a year, some re-writes, some re-shooting, some re-casting, some director/producer in-fighting... mostly all because of…

  • Without Warning 1980

    ★★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    No Chance... No Help... No Escape!
    -Fred "Sarge" Dobbs

    So much bad and so much brilliance all in one film. Director Greydon Clark, the man behind the camera for such gems as Joysticks and Uninvited, brings us a tale of an alien that comes to Earth to hunt humans for sport predating Predator by a good 7 years. It's a connection worth noting as the late Kevin Peter Hall is the man under the alien mask here, his first credited…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 4

    Everybody has a past.
    -Bob Saginowski

    It's already been over a year since the passing of James Gandolfini and now the inevitable has happened with his final film performance now playing in theaters. It's hard getting passed that going into this viewing. "Gandolfini's FINAL movie". Going into it maybe, but once those opening credits role the film quickly grabs you and those thoughts dissipate. It has much more going for it then being a great actor's final performance.

    It's not…

  • Bride of Re-Animator 1989

    ★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    I created what no man's mind nor woman's womb could ever hope to achieve.
    -Dr. Herbert West

    While the pacing might be off a tad and as a whole doesn't really achieve the deranged genius of the original, that batshit crazy final act makes up for any flaws the film might have leading up to it. Bruce Abbott returns from the original, but it's Jeffrey Combs as the returning Dr. Herbert West that is the true star of the film.…

  • Lucky Bastard 2014

    ★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2014 3

    I know I'm not a lawyer or Hilary fucking Clinton, but I have standards!
    -Ashley Saint

    I pretty much loathe the "found footage" genre with very few that end up impressing me. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are the [REC] films and that one segment in V/H/S/2, Safe Haven, directed by Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto. I actually love all those mentioned.

    So why would I bother with this? Well first off…

  • Wrong Cops 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    I don't know how to explain this. Your words go in my ears, but then they don't make it to the processor.

    I'll be honest, I feel a tinge of shame admitting that I found this movie funny. Certain scenes... maybe... just maybe I found certain scenes extremely funny. It doesn't ALL work mind you, but when it does it got me.

    I had seen Quentin Dupieux's 2010 film Rubber and wasn't really a fan. You could argue that…

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2014

    I just uh... I uhmm... yeah.

    I first heard of this film back in May during a Robert Englund Q&A panel. Englund has nothing to do with the film, but had simply recently seen it and spent a good 5-10 minutes of his own panel talking about the film and encouraging people to seek it out. I soon learned that he isn't just a horror guru but a film buff. I bring this up because I do so few…

  • Punchline 1988

    ★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2014 2

    Is... is this a joke?
    -Madeline Urie

    A bland dramady that makes it seem like the life of stand up comedians are just about the most boring thing in the world. It's made watchable because of Sally Field's charm and Tom Hanks as well I guess, but only to a certain extent as there is almost nothing to like about his character.

    Director/writer David Seltzer tries to fool you in thinking that the stand up material in the film is…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    Just another Saturday night...

    Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to Sin City nine years after they first unleashed the likes of Marv, Miho, Dwight and that Yellow Bastard on an unsuspecting cinema going public. Why the hell did it take them this long to return?

    I remember Rodriguez saying they were going to do a sequel in 2005 when the first Sin City was still in theaters, then nothing. Miller, then CREATOR of Sin City was on board,…

  • Sin City 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Aug, 2014

    That there is one damn fine coat you're wearin'.

    When Robert Rodriquez decided he wanted to adapt Sin City into a feature film he knew that the visual presentation of the graphic novel was just as important as the stories from Basin City themselves and took that to heart like no other film marker before.

    The visual queues from the graphic novel don't stop at the artistic style, but go beyond that right down to the framing of the…