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  • Good Kill

    Good Kill 2014

    ★½ Watched 28 May, 2015

    If anyone on here knows Christian Bale, let him know I've located his Batman voice. Ethan Hawke's got it!

  • Cub

    Cub 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015 4

    I think this is a first for me, watching and reviewing a full feature from a fellow Letterboxder.
    Jonas Govaerts is evidently a passionate cinephile, and I'm pleased he got his debut crowdfunded, because it is not without merit.

    I somehow get the feeling I'm not the right audience for this film, though, and it that sense the rating might be a tad harsh.
    I'm sure this is a delightful experience for young teenagers to watch, preferably on a sleepover…

  • Just Before I Go

    Just Before I Go 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 May, 2015

    When I saw Courteney Cox had made her directing debut, the kid in me who loved Friends, made a passionate plea to check it out. Who am I to disappoint children?

    A cast lead by the "most likely to succeed" out of the American Pie cast (Seann William Scott), with one of my favourite girls as a love interest (Olivia Thirlby), I started out with a borderline positive apprehension. For a while, the film doesn't disappoint either. Never being anything…

  • Finsterworld

    Finsterworld 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015

    As the poster hints at, Finsterworld is a German attempt at the "tapestry drama", where a multitude of storylines are shown to have a connection, however miniscule, as the running time ticks on.
    A man living off natur in a small forest, an upper class married couple, a group of high-schoolers on a field trip, a cop and his wannabe filmmaker girlfriend and a pedicurist and his geriatric crush all offer up stories from a less than flattering day to…

  • Marshland

    Marshland 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Less True Detective, more Memories of Murder, with the 80s setting, historical backdrop of dictatorship, city cop/countryside cop and scenes of heavy rain. The scene with the soaked (and soaking) marsh, is a perfect crescendo.

    Marshland shows us a side of sunny Spain far from the charter travels we're accustomed to, with lousy living conditions, and nefarious activities going uncontested.

    The two protagonistic policemen in the center of our attention, both have a past to contend with although during differing…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    What is the scarier, or dare I say creepier, of the two; a derelict and defunct Detroit, or "it"? The movie tries to make a point for the latter, but in bringing pictures of the former through a delicious (I'm sick, I know) ride deeper than just the suburbs of the main plot, I'm leaning towards Detroit.

    Saying It Follows fails as a horror, might be pushing it a bit too far. It all depends on what you came looking…

  • Dial M for Murder

    Dial M for Murder 1954

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2015

    Big fan of tennis, are you, Alfred?
    As in last night's film, Strangers on a Train, the main male character in Dial M for Murder also happens to be a rather successfull tennis player, and in both circumstances, his bride to be is well could almost play as a sequel, if you put your mind to it.

    Ray Milland is ten times the actor Farley Granger was, though, and is only outshone by the marvellous John Williams here, with…

  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train 1951

    ★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2015

    Farley Granger....did ole Hitch have a soft spot for pretty boys as well as lovely blondes? This talentless hack managed to get in not one, but two of his films, after all, before he vanished into more or less obscure European sleaze (I exaggerate, of course).

    In Strangers on a Train he tramples around trying to look befuddled, but the end result is more awkwardly anxious. That could've fit the story, but the timing is off for the most part.…

  • Red Dawn

    Red Dawn 1984

    ★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2015 4

    Remarkably this is not a rewatch.
    It's pretty horrible, and I definitely would've appreciated it much more in the early 90s, when I was a "tweener".
    Back then things like dialogue, a cohesive plot, timeline and acting didn't matter nearly as much as explosions and other action set pieces/fights. Milius thankfully never, ever wrote dialogue for kids before or after this.

    On the other hand, I wouldn't have been able to drool over the superior bit-part casting here. Harry Dean…

  • Vigilante

    Vigilante 1983

    ★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2015 2

    Google "Lustig", and a Swedish footballer pops up all over the first page. This is what's wrong with the world today.

  • They Live

    They Live 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2015 7

    They Live is a film that I've put on hold for ages, thinking I wouldn't be able to stand "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as the lead. You know, being an 80s wrestler with a mullet and all.

    As it turns out, Piper delivers a pretty laid back performance and puts me to ease right away. Sure, everything he says is a sound bite, and ready made for cult worship, but still very much a pleasant surprise.
    Then Keith David wanders in…

  • Black Mama, White Mama

    Black Mama, White Mama 1973

    ★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2015

    Uhm....yeah....I'm not ashamed to say I sought this out because of Markov and Grier. Sure, Sid Haig helped, but other than that I had no clue what a Fillipino exploitation would entail, or that Eddie Garcia was a well known sleaze ball.
    Other than the gratuitous camera angles there's nothing extraordinary going on here, and after about the 5th time the camera tries to go up a scantily clad Markov's butt, it's clear Eddie Romero hasn't got much else to…