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  • The Machine

    The Machine 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2015

    The Machine doesn't really add anything new to the well-trodden "humanity invents A.I. and then immediately exploits it for sinister purposes" story, but it gets by thanks to some pretty cool style (including a John Carpenter/Drive-esque score) and a strong performance from Arrow's Caity Lotz as the robot. If all low-budget sci-fi movies were at least this good, we'd be lucky, but I couldn't help but wish there was just a little something more here.

  • Kiss of the Damned

    Kiss of the Damned 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015

    I really enjoyed this modern throwback to the erotic, European vampire films of the '70s. Light on story, but heavy on cool atmosphere - Jean Rollin would be proud. Sure, I wish it built to a little bit more definitive of a climax, but the journey to the end is pretty damn captivating, so it didn't bother me too much. Great music, beautiful imagery, and an overall creepy AND sexy tone.

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  • Fury

    Fury 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Feb, 2015 1

    This was a lot more stylistically interesting (and violent) than I was expecting. Not my favorite Brad Pitt WWII movie, but still really damn good.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2015 1

    Roger Ebert's death in 2013 hit me a lot harder than I expected. My normal response to hearing about a celebrity death is to think "aw, that's too bad," and then get on my with day. But Ebert's passing stuck with me, and for a while I couldn't even really figure out why. It was a few days later that it finally dawned on me - Ebert was so much more important to my life than I had realized. Growing…