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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2013 3

    I wanted to like this film because I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy but it just didn't work and most of the problems are with the source material. The Hobbit is really just a kids' adventure story about buried treasure whereas the Lord of the Rings is an epic about friendship, loyalty, bravery and the rise of industry.

    Peter Jackson already created an epic world but this story just seems so small in comparison. Also the tone is…

  • Surviving Crooked Lake 2009

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2013

    Pretty middling take on The Canyon except in a Northern Ontario lake setting. The teen characters are actually well-portrayed which is a bit of a surprise since none of them have done anything else. Hoever the low budget is apparent and there are some strangely creepy lingering shots of bikini-clad girls who can't be much more than 16.

    Some poor decision-making by the characters along with an anti-climactic ending don't help the film but the location certainly does.

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  • Sorority House Massacre 1986

    ★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2012

    This is one of those that I remember clearly in the video shop but never got around to watching. And it's also one of those slashers I hated when I was a teen. There are barely any deaths and the killer only uses a knife. Seriously, if you're going to make a slasher film in the 80s please use some special effects and some imaginative deaths. There were also way too many poorly done dream sequences but at 75 minutes…

  • A Horrible Way to Die 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2012 1

    A Horrible Way to Title a Film. I was expecting a sub-par Hostel rip-off but was treated to a mumblecore serial killer flick. It was very nicely done although the out of focus fetish was a bit much. The characters felt real and the central female character is portrayed very sympathetically and believably. I'm a little conflicted about the ending - was it stupid or effective?