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  • Backcountry

    Backcountry 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2015 6

    Manages to pack enough tension in its backpack to make the trip into the woods a thrilling ride, helped out by a very convincing bear.
    Missy Peregrym is a girl (woman?) I wish I'd had the pleasure of watching in more films, and both her and co-star Roop deliver fine performances as the hiking couple. Eric Balfour's Irish wilderness buff....well.....uhhh. If only it'd had some significance....

    The happy couple are on their way to this spot the guy loved to…

  • When Night Falls on the Reeperbahn

    When Night Falls on the Reeperbahn 1967

    ★★½ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    I was counting on this for a rip-roaring rump through St. Pauli, but got a boring tale of priveleged youth peddling drugged up young women to their even more priveleged elders.

    Sleasy enough, you might say, and sure, they're all pretty despicable, even the girls, but it doesn't excactly add any fun to the events depicted.

    Fritz Wepper as a playboy.....it could only happen in Germany.

  • Gangsters

    Gangsters 2002

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015 3

    Olivier Marchal's cops and robbers films have the ability to entertain while they are "on", but you forget about them pretty much in the instance the end credits roll.
    Still, it's nice to have a "go-to guy" in for French crime, and now I see he has created a TV show (Braquo) as well. Good news.

    Gangsters is cast by a lot of Marchal regulars, and is a steady enough story of an "internal affairs"-alike cop who lets himself be…

  • Night of the Creeps

    Night of the Creeps 1986

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    Hooper, Carpenter, Landis, Dante, Raimi, Cameron, Cronenberg, Romero, Miner are all used as characters' names while Roger Corman gets both a newspaper and a college named after him.
    Did Fred Dekker lose a bet or something?

    Gets better the further into the story we get, almost like it needed a few minutes to warm up.
    The film owes a lot of it greatness to Tom Atkins, pulling of a character I'd gladly see in a straight up detective film.
    The…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Mar, 2015

    This little Kiwi mockumentary manages to spice up a tired genre (one could argue that Twilight did the same, but sparkling One Direction wannabes isn't excactly a change for the better) and tells a story of flat sharing vampires from different time periods trying to settle into modern life in Wellington, all the while they continue drinking human blood from unsuspecting victims.

    Once in a while they bite a "pledge" and add a new member to their group, but then…

  • R100

    R100 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    A very funny, surreal and ultimately bizarre way to treat BDSM and grief.
    A man in his late 30s/early 40s living alone with his young son while his wife is in a coma, resorts to joining a secretive bondage club called just that "Bondage", in an effort to experience more than just mundanity and hollowness. He signs a year-long contract in which he agrees to subject himself to random "attacks" from their stable of dominatrixes (spelling?) where he is forbidden…

  • In Darkness We Fall

    In Darkness We Fall 2014

    ★½ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    A group of five travel from Madrid to Formentera for a short holiday. It's soon obvious to me I won't care much if the earth just opened up and swallowed them whole. A part from one of the girls, the others are imbeciles, and annoying ones at that. Including the douche that insists on filming every aspect of their experiences.

    A day into their holiday the biggest dick in the group finds a cave and more or less demand they…

  • Fade to Black

    Fade to Black 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    This is not meant to put this movie down, but it more or less only has one thing going for it; the premise and how Dennis Christopher elevates it.
    Luckily that was more than enough for me, I had a blast with this, no matter how much the direction, support cast and script tried to butt in with their awfulness. Tim Thomerson has to be mentioned, as his social worker comes off as a surfer dude with an authority complex…

  • Wild Card

    Wild Card 2015

    Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    It's set around Christmas time, but other than Statham sporting a santa hat in a scene, inexplicably, you'd never know it.
    Of course, this is Vegas, and a Stath starrer, so nothing should matter other than the body count, and that doesn't even reach double figures.
    See, this is depressed, brooding Stath......great idea, guys.

    Surprisingly, the script is the worst component in this film, but Simon West's direction isn't too far behind. William Goldman takes another crack at adapting his…

  • Adam's Rib

    Adam's Rib 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Feb, 2015 2

    In just about every film I've seen with Katharine Hepburn it takes a while for me to warm to her peculiar ways.
    Maybe this comes from the long periods in between watches, maybe it just mirrors her performances, as her characters' path always comes to a more or less warm and fuzzy conclusion.

    The dynamic duo of Tracy and Hepburn go to war over a court case regarding, in a round about way, equality of the sexes in the eyes…

  • Blood Games

    Blood Games 1990

    ★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Baseball Bimbos in Hillbilly Hell.....how the hell is this just an alternative title?

    The Baseball Bimbos are driven around various degrees of Hicksville, USA, until one day they humiliate the wrong crowd of rednecks in a highly competitive game of baseball. That should be the first rule on the team bus. "Don't ever mess with the borderline inbred natives".

    But thankfully for us, people in film never seem to have ever watched another of the countless hicksploitation films out there,…

  • Face to Face

    Face to Face 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2015

    Not being the biggest fan of spaghetti westerns, an upside is that there is always an element of pleasant surprise when I find a good one. An element that contributes to elevate my appreciation for it, and before you know it, a personal favourite is born.

    Faccia a Faccia sports a fabulous cast, and intriguing story, wonderful Morricone score and layers of subplots brought to life through uncharacteristically fluctuating stances between right and wrong.

    I only wish I could've seen an Italian dub as it is blatantly obvious that the actors don't speak English.