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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    43/100

    This is a mess. The whole entire military weapon angle is completely half-arsed with unclear motivations and relationships at its core (and not helped by being just a terrible idea to begin with in a practical sense; there's a reason the army currently doesn't use trained tigers or alligators or whatever the hell), while the velociraptor training is just as poorly sketched, amounting to a couple of reversals to build cheap suspense and that's about it. There are a…

  • Backcountry

    Backcountry 2014

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    40/100

    A dull relationship drama with an audacious resolution tactic: throw a big fuck-off bear into the mix. Unfortunately, it doesn't really help too much. Terrible execution of the final scene robs it of any possible emotive power.

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A victim of people ignoring the "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche, this is a vital, paradoxically life-affirming splatter film with a stong eye for absurdist detail. It's high school with Uzis and exploding neckbraces.

    It's probably best to start with the facts, address the rumors. Yes, it's about 44 young Japanese high schoolers, placed on a remote island and forced to hunt each other until only one is left alive. Yes, it's violent and very bloody. Yes,…

  • Redbelt

    Redbelt 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2013

    73/100

    The final two minutes, basically, really really annoyed me, and rudely splashed water in the face of my burgeoning "Holy shit this is actually pretty damn good for what I assumed was just going to be your typical Karate Kid template underdog fight picture, but with a lot more fucks, double-crosses and Rebecca Pidgeon" excitement.

    But the rest of it is aces. Clever plotting keeps the wheels well hidden, covered by looser scene construction (like the gun accident, with…