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  • Man from Reno

    Man from Reno 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2016

    Tell me how it ends.

    Highly impressive crowd-funded Neo-Noir from writer/director Dave Boyle. Great characterization, intelligent dialogue and a twisting plot like some of the best noir has to offer.

    This isn't just a typical noir plot in a modern setting either, it's characters and crux of the story are very unique for the genre. It involves a Japanes crime novelist on a publicity tour in San Francisco, a mysterious Japanese-American from Reno, a small town sheriff and several…

  • The Duellists

    The Duellists 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2016

    General Feraud has made occasional attempts to kill me. That does not give him the right to claim my acquaintance.
    -Armand D'Hubert

    The Duellists was often described to me as Ridley Scott's low budget feature film debut. Wow... was that ever selling the movie short. It's an amazing directorial debut with so much attention to detail that I can't imagine that a bigger budget would add anything to it. Maybe he would have thrown in a couple of those huge…

  • Bite

    Bite 2015

    Watched 13 May, 2016

    I need to speak with a doctor...

    A bunch of gross stuff happens to an unlikeable woman and she then does horrible things to other unlikable characters. The end.

    It's just so poorly made on so many aspects I don't even feel like talking about it almost. The acting is bad, the script is amateurish and the directing is incredibly basic. There is some horrible film making present here, some of which I can't figure out how it got…

  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 May, 2016 3

    Tell somebody who gives a shit.

    Punk rock meets John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 with violence that earns it's R rating damn it! I like how the film could easily be PG-13 until the shit hits the fan and then the film punches you in the face to let you know that things are about to get fucking ugly.

    On a scale of 1-10, the tension goes from a 6 to an 11 in a single moment and…

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives 1986

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 May, 2016

    You do know what today's date is don't you?

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 May, 2016

    Did ye make some unholy bond with that goat?

    92 minutes of unrelenting dread. I felt like I was being witness to something no one was supposed to see and not because of any gore, but purely achieved through establishing tone and slowly turning the screws on the tension.

    The slow burn is accomplished through attention to detail, performances, solid directing and near perfect pacing. Seeing that writer/director Robert Eggers has a lot of experience in production and costume…

  • Dark Star

    Dark Star 1974

    ★★★ Watched 11 May, 2016 2

    I do not like the men on this spaceship.

    I have now finally seen John Carpenter's first feature film. I'm a bit ashamed it took me this long to see it. How can I call myself a fan really? I still haven't seen his two TV movies from the late 70s, but I'll be fixing that soon... or at least trying too.

    Now the late, great Dan O’Bannon. I'm familiar with him a great deal through various documentaries and…

  • Silent But Deadly

    Silent But Deadly 2010

    ★★ Watched 11 May, 2016

    Delicatessen meat slicer.
    -Thomas Capper

    I enjoyed this movie more then any sane person should have. It's a Canadian horror film with SyFy Movie plot and special effects sensibilities. Jason Mewes is Thomas Capper... a serial killer that has a fondness for goats. Yes, I mean that sort of fondness.

    This film could barely afford to have a computer do the credits of the film and they decided to use CGI for most of the gore. It looks just as…

  • The Dogs of War

    The Dogs of War 1980

    ★★½ Watched 11 May, 2016

    In my jungle, you'd be just another asshole.
    -Jamie Shannon

    The good news is that I watched two films starring Christopher Walken in a row and it was unplanned. The bad news is that the only good thing about this second one is the fact that Christopher Walken is in it.

    It's a below average action thriller that is slightly elevated by the novelty of having Christopher Walken in the role of an action star, but the rest of the movie doesn't really pull it together despite small roles from Tom Berenger and Ed O'Neill.

    That poster looks fucking awesome though.

  • The Family Fang

    The Family Fang 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2016

    You think that we’ve damaged you. One day you’re going to have children and you’re going to damage them. That’s what parents do! So what!
    -Caleb Fang

    It's basically a coming of age story for middle aged people and I kinda loved it. Learning to let go of issues you had with how you were raised once you are well into adulthood sounds simple enough, but I think this adaptation of The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson shows that isn't…

  • Police Story 2013

    Police Story 2013 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 09 May, 2016

    Here we go. Made it through all the Police Story films and find myself viewing the second reboot of the franchise. The last one went darker then the previous films, but it has nothing on this one... and surprisingly it works far better.

    I think it's because director Ding Sheng and star Jackie Chan fully embraced the darker tone as apposed to New Police Story that seemed to want to go darker, but keep some of the old tone at…

  • New Police Story

    New Police Story 2004

    ★★★ Watched 09 May, 2016

    Even though the last film (Police Story 4: First Strike) felt like it was a Police Story film in name only, this is actually the first real reboot of the series, but it has Jackie Chan returning anyways, just as a different character: Inspector Chan Kwok-wing.

    It skirts the tone of the original films at moments, but it's mostly much more centered on drama and grittier action. After Inspector Chan Kwok-wing witnesses his entire squad massacred in a fashion designed…