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  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    Humanity’s soul must be shaken to its very depths, frightened by unfathomable and seemingly senseless crimes. Crimes that benefit no one, whose only objective is to inspire fear and terror.
    -Dr. Mabuse

    Fritz Lang returns eleven years later with a sequel to his four and a half hour silent film crime epic Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler. Calling it a crime film doesn't even properly describe it as the 1922 film defies even modern day conventions of what constitutes that genre.…

  • Armour of God II: Operation Condor 1991

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jul, 2014

    African vampires don't like Chinese blood.
    -Asian Hawk/Jackie Condor

    My first time revisiting this film in over a decade and my first time viewing the original cut with it's Cantonese audio. Incredibly it lived up to my fond memories of it's slapstick take on Indiana Jones with martial arts film making sensibilities.

    The film was made five years after the original, but more importantly Jackie Chan had the chance to direct four other films during that period and the gained…

  • The City of Lost Children 1995

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014 12

    When you're born in the gutter you end up in the port.

    A long time ago, in a movie theater far far away, the only film I had seen from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was Alien: Resurrection. It didn't exactly ignite a desire in me to pursue anything in his filmography. Although my opinion on the director was dramatically changed after seeing Amélie for obvious reasons, it took over 15 years for me to finally see what I believe is…

  • Red Scorpion 1989

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    -Lt. Nikolai

    A by the numbers action film that is unique in the fact that it's a Rambo II clone with the twist being that the United States is replaced with Russia and of course has the only logical choice cast for a "Russian Rambo" in Dolph Lundgren. Everything possibly memorable about the film was mentioned in the previous sentence.

    It's not a horrible film, but simply average much like director Joseph Zito's outings with Chuck Norris,…

  • Dead Hooker in a Trunk 2009

    ★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2014 2

    This is stupid.

    This is the result of aspiring film makers using Robert Rodriguez's book, Rebel Without a Crew, as a film making bible. The Rogriguez and Quentin Tarantino inspirations, or adulation, is in your face and anything but subtle. Now I don't think the end result is actually a good film, but I find it hard to shit on the directors knowing how they got to it.

    The story goes that the Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska

  • The Baron of Arizona 1950

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 2

    I've known many women, but with you, I'm afraid.
    -James Addison Reavis

    Inspired by the true story of James Reavis, even though the film is about a man that spends years on ONE ultimate scheme to falsely claim ALL of Arizona that involves using an orphaned child, joining a monastery, gypsies, romancing a wife of an aristocrat and inventing a baronhood this still ends up as the most straight forward and "normal" film I've ever seen from director Samuel Fuller.…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014 6

    Home. Family. Future.

    DotPotA is a not only rare for a summer blockbuster in that it has heart and intelligence, but it's also incredibly rare for a rebooted franchise in what it pulls off, not the least of which is that it almost makes everyone forget Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake.

    The husband/wife writing duo of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came back after a 14 year absence from Hollywood with their script for Rise of the…

  • Smiley 2012

    Watched 15 Jul, 2014 9

    Let me tell you the part I'm having a hard time with: ALL OF IT!

    Michael J. Gallagher makes his feature film directorial debut by giving us an old school horror throwback. He takes a modern day twist on Candyman and gives us a generic 90s slasher film in 2012 complete with predictable twists and a cast of Abercrombie & Fitch rejects.

    The screenplay was written by the director himself and Glasgow Phillips a man that was a South Park

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2014 4

    He made it possible for a bigger audience, a wider audience, to appreciate cinema as an art form because he really loved films.
    -Martin Scorsese

    Roger Ebert was my favorite movie critic, like so many others, not because I always agreed with him but because I felt like I knew him through his writing. Often he could even write a negative review and I'd come away from it knowing that I'd actually like the film, because by that point I…

  • Forbidden World 1982

    ★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Let's go bag ourselves a Dingwhopper!
    -Mike Colby

    Roger Corman films from the 70s and 80s were a special breed. I don't even think their the same breed as the films from the 60s as there were some serious (yet cheap) attempts at horror mostly back then, entering the 1970s Corman went full on exploitation film maker. There's no greater example (although not the ONLY great example) then Forbidden World.

    You don't need to wonder much while watching the film…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014 10

    You made a new enemy today.

    The insane martial arts action of The Raid: Redemption breaks out of the confines of it's condemned apartment building to end up in an Indonesian gangster film. Friends know I'm a sucker for either individually, martial arts films or gangster movies, but this? I won't lie, I'm the proverbial "pig in shit" right here.

    Freed from the confines of that dreaded building director Gareth Evans brings the chaotic action last seen in The…

  • Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    Worry is just meditating on shit.

    Decent performances, decent production value and decent directing don't add up to much when you're film about addiction has no consequences for it's main character if he falls off the wagon. Mark Ruffalo is Adam, a very successful professional (his character is so bland I don't even remember what he does) New Yorker who is a 5 year sober sex addict. The problem is that if he strays and goes back to his…