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  • Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

    Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings 2011

    ★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Prequel time! I'd thought the origin of the mutant cannibal Wrong Turn hillbilly clan was explained just fine in Wrong Turn 2, but they figured, let's make a whole movie out of it. And they largely sidestep the ol' toxic-waste thing and set this thing briefly during the hillbillies' ward-of-the-state childhood, and then for most of the movie, apparently a winter before (or after) the first movie.

    A change of scenery might be just what this series needed, but maybe…

  • Wolfen

    Wolfen 1981

    ★★★½ Rewatched 30 Aug, 2015

    A violent wolf movie that only looks like a werewolf movie, it's easy to see why nobody seemed to know what to do with this at the time. It keeps inviting the comparison and then shooing it away, settling on a solution to its murder mystery that's at once very simple, and also thoughtful and weird.

    It does ask the viewer to accept a lot - namely that a bunch of dudes who trip balls, strip naked and go full…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015 2

    George Miller had been talking about this - or at least, had been persistently asked about it in interviews - for like twenty years now, and I don't know what's different about now that he finally got around to making it but I'm glad he did. The response on this has been gobsmacking, though I was willing to chalk a fair bit of it up to Peak Gen-X Nostalgia, and it coming at a good time to be heralded as…

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    Home 2015

    ★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2015

    In recent years Dreamworks has appeared to have made an effort go get away from the sassy-horseshit thing they built with the Shrek movies, and is going in for movies that tone down the snark and actually ask us to invest a bit in the characters.

    At first this movie seems like it's trying, but makes it difficult. The biggest, most obvious problem is that the alien is annoying - his whole species is annoying. They're a mix between Jar…