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  • Starship Apocalypse

    Starship Apocalypse 2014

    ★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    Director Neil Johnson apparently goes way back with Manowar and is mostly known for making music videos, but he has a few very modestly budgeted features under his belt, none of which I have seen but there were trailers for three of them before this and they all looked like yesterday's low-budget sci-fi thrillers with today's low-budget sci-fi production values. I mean that in a good way; they look like they're "digital backlot" movies from back when that term meant…

  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight 1995

    ★★★½ Rewatched 27 Apr, 2016 1

    The Cryptkeeper's first kick at a big-screen release, this was a modest success at the time and has held onto a pretty good reputation over the years, remembered most fondly and clearly by me for a first-act twist regarding the identities of its hero and villain. These days it seems a lot more obvious, but it's also easy to see the care that was put into building up those doomed expectations, not just with casting but costuming, and the little…

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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…

  • The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) 2015

    Watched 25 Jan, 2016

    Tom Six, like a lot of people whose art is childishly offensive and basically stupid, considers himself a warrior for free speech. (o, how hard he fights. On Twitter.) He dresses like the French guy in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and has so far shown the world exactly one idea, which he's flogged out for three movies now. I am caught between befuddlement and admiration.

    This third gulp at the can dispenses with the dropout-Cronenberg medical horror of the…