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  • Stephen King's It 1990

    ★★½ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2014

    Considering the limitations of network television, the hurdles of tiny budgets(compared to Hollywood productions), and the challenges of compressing Stephen King's sprawling story into segments easily divided by commercial breaks, the first half of this miniseries is remarkably successful. It's probably the best that could be done, considering the circumstances, and does a pretty decent job of capturing what I love about the novel.

    The second half is a different story altogether, as the focus seems to be lost and…

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014 1

    I saw this at this at the 2014 AFI Fest, and knew nothing about it beyond the title and genre(crime thriller) before going in. A speaker introducing the film described it's influences as The Maltese Falcon, A Touch of Evil, and The Third Man. At that point I wanted her to stop talking and just get into the movie, I was so excited. When she said she also saw touches of Fargo in the film's wintry setting and black humor,…

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  • Not Quite Hollywood 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2013

    A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…

  • The Room 2003

    ½ Added

    This film is atrocious, and my ranking represents a clear-eyed, objective view of this film's merits. My personal, subjective rating would be around a 4. This movie is fascinating, and very entertaining. There is nothing in this film that accurately represents human emotion or behavior. Nothing in this film represents reality, and that is awesome.