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  • Penance

    Penance 2012

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2015

    A group of friends are playing in their school's playground one afternoon, and then one of them is taken by a strange man and killed. The surviving girls are unable to recall his face, despite getting a direct look at him, and the mother essentially curses the girls to either find her daughter's murderer or pay a penance of which she approves. Penance was actually a five episode miniseries for Japanese television that was given a small release theatrically in…

  • Parallels

    Parallels 2015

    ★★½ Watched 18 May, 2015

    About five minutes into watching the film on netflix a thought occurred to me. A notion that would not go away. And so I hopped on over to IMDB to confirm my suspicions. Yep; unaired TV pilot.

    That knowledge is crucial for anyone hoping to enjoy this film, because though Fox reportedly altered the pilot to make it a standalone movie, I could find no evidence of that in the finished product. Everything is maddeningly open-ended, all setup and no…

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  • Not Quite Hollywood

    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

    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.