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  • Advantageous

    Advantageous 2015

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2015

    A thoughtful film about Western societies pressures on women, especially of non-European appearance. The central technological premise is frankly horrific and (legal questions aside) serves the theme admirably. It is very slow-moving, which I felt focused attention; but the slow pacing might frustrate some viewers.

    The main distraction for me was that there are interesting hints of things going on in the background -- terrorist bombings, financial crisis, low fertility -- and I desperately wanted to know why we were hearing about any of it.

  • Goon

    Goon 2011

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2015

    Not exactly a feel-God comedy, but a surprisingly genial film about punching people.

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  • Munchie

    Munchie 1992

    ★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2013

    This might be Jennifer Love Hewitt's best movie.

  • Rabid Dogs

    Rabid Dogs 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2012 2

    Not a great Bava film, but a good one. While sometimes crossing from dangerous into ludicrous, the film maintains tension and a sense of peril throughout. A few scenes create the cringing sympathy of later films like "Last House on the Left". I haven't seen the English language cut, but the Italian is impressive for its ability to make you believe that you've witnessed offscreen horrors.

    Not a perfect movie, but one that feels important in founding the survival genre of horror.