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  • Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Apr, 2014

    Selected for the international film festival at my community college (ie we get to watch a movie for class). If you've seen the other ALWAYS films then you've seen this one; same familiar themes in the next installment of these characters. Nothing new but still a warm, lighthearted dramedy that captures the period. Decent end to the trilogy but wouldn't be surprised if they pushed out another since they left the door open. Sadly Koyuki is so underutilized and entirely overshadowed by gesticulations of Yoshioka's Ryu, the only character here I dislike.

  • Within the Darkness 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2014

    Easily my favorite from the Indie Horror Film Fest of the seven films I saw. Definitely wears its low budget on its sleeve almost like a badge of honor. Plenty to nitpick but more to enjoy like flipping the phony ghost hunter trope on its ear. Very little is needed to convey the story and buy into the premise, which is refreshing. Hope Erin Cline gets more work in horror; she's fun to watch unravel.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 2

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.