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  • Insidious: Chapter 2 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2014

    Whether or not you'll like Insidious Chapter 2 depends on whether you liked the second half of Insidious. A lot of people think the first film faltered when the ghost hunters showed up and Lin Shay puts on a gas mask. Insidious Chapter 2 goes all in on that storyline and runs with it. I liked all of the first one, so I liked this too. You may not. Depends on what you thought of the first.

  • Scenic Route 2013

    Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    a cautious recommend. A 3 1/2 movie that almost reaches 4 but falls short

  • Absence 2013

    Watched 05 Jan, 2014

    So someone saw Paranormal Activity and through they had cracked the code: nothing happens for an hour and then the actual story kicks in. The problem is that's not really the code. PA slowly builds tension during the parts where nothing is supposedly happening. But, in those parts of this movie, nothing IS actually happening. The premise and last half hour almost save it, but a genuinely obnoxious lead and the dull first hour drag it down to meh town.

  • Absentia 2011

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    Just shy of brilliant. Slow burns require a high degree of skill, and Mike Flannigan displays it here. I recommend the fuck out of this movie.

  • Visiting Hours 1982

    ★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2013

    I really wanted to like this. Early 80's, Michael Ironsides, what's not to like? Unfortunately, the whole affair falls oddly flat. I can't even exactly place why. It feels like a glossing over of important social issues and a potentially compelling story. Like a book report told by a bored 12 year old. I dunno. Meh all around.

  • Greystone Park 2012

    ★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2013

    A movie by Sean Stone, son to one Oliver Stone. You know how Oliver Stone movies are big and loud and still meh? There's an old saying about apples and trees.

  • Hypothermia 2012

    ★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2013

    The next time someone says that practical effects are always better than CG, I will force them to watch this movie. A CG monster would make this a tolerable weekend SyFy Channel movie. What we get instead is something that looks like a wetsuit with a Spawn mask attached to it. Ugh.

    There's a weird subtext here where a source of tension is the fact that our heroes tacitly disapproves of another group's ice-fishing tactics. It's like someone wrote a…

  • Sweatshop 2009

    ★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2013

    "You know what'd be an awesome killer? A guy dressed like a fur trader with a welder's helmet and some sort of anvil on a stick." Right on that annoying line between awful and not too bad. All in all, this movie is almost okay. A little too "look how extreme we are dude," but some honestly funny dialogue exchanges and an interesting ending almost save it. Almost.

  • The Black Pit of Dr. M 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2013

    Holy shit. Suddenly a whole world of Mexican horror opens up before me.

  • Unhinged 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    A sleazy, badly-acted and gory little slasher. The terrible acting, cheesy but earnest synth score and a strobe-effect towards the end are highlights. The reveal at the end is a little convoluted and the explanation goes on to long without explaining much of anything.

  • Screamtime 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2013

    A surprisingly good low-budget anthology. Sad that the only copies I can find are used VHS. I recommend this lost gem.

  • Cargo 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2013

    Surprisingly effective thriller. The two leads manage to maintain interest despite their being few characters or locations. I'm always impressed when a story can do that.