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  • Kristy

    Kristy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2015

    An extremely stylistic exercise in futility; yet another chase-n-stalk film with an admittedly interesting set-up wasted on all-sizzle-no-steak execution.

    Sure, the drone-shots sure do float up real pretty, and the borderline giallo-esque lighting choices are nice, but it can't hide that this movie has almost nothing new to bring to the table.

  • Last Shift

    Last Shift 2015

    ★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2015

    Hey, Dread Central: if this movie is a masterclass in anything, it's mediocrity and clichés. Oof.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    Did these movies need to be split into two parts?

    Will there be a better movie to come of the inevitable fan-edits that compress the story back into one 2.5 hour film?

    Did I still like Part II anyway?
    Sure, yeah.

    Before the clumsy final stretch, this film works just as well as the previous effort, which I liked much more than most people from the sounds of it. There's a lot of interest to me in this…

  • Love the Coopers

    Love the Coopers 2015

    ★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    Love the Coopers?

    I did not.

  • An Honest Liar

    An Honest Liar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Nov, 2015

    Fantastic and engrossing documentary about James "The Amazing" Randi; I was only partially familiar with his work from television and reading about his efforts at debunking, so this was all fascinating and well structured. Left me wanting more, and thankfully there's a few other television specials and documentaries about him out there.

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2015

    Well, that was goddamned delightful and hilarious.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2015

    Charming, very funny, and moving slice of cinematic warmth and heart.

    Definitely has a few cheese-laden moments, but mostly feels very honest and organic.

  • Pan

    Pan 2015

    ★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2015 3


  • The Hallow

    The Hallow 2015

    ★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2015

    This handsomely lensed Irish horror film mixes body-horror and creature feature effects to good measure, despite falling a bit short overall in the horror department.

    Major props go to the mostly-practical monster effects which all look fantastic - specifically a few key moments - but the characterizations left much to be desired and I felt the script contained a whole lotta been-there-done-that moments.

    Overall a bit of a miss - not unlike the recent Irish horror entry The Canal - but recommended to hardcore fans of the genre who will likely find enough to like about the monsters and effects.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2015

    With a truly un-engaging opening stretch, it takes a while to settle into Jurassic World, which is ultimately a flawed and mediocre film with a few moments of pure entertainment.

    Here's hoping the next film really steps things up a bit.

  • 8MM

    8MM 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2015

    Joel Schumacher's strong suit is not subtly - that's for sure - but with a cast of game performers ready to go way over-the-top, he crafts a pretty engaging (if not oft-dated) piece of 90s noir - which happened to be exactly what I was looking for.

  • Quiet Cool

    Quiet Cool 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Nov, 2015 2

    This movie is still gnarly as hell; one of the most underrated action flicks of the 80s.

    Fun Fact: the theme song from this film was used in the opening of Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warrior on the VHS version.

    Theatrically, Dokken's "Into The Fire" was used (makes more thematic sense) but there was an issue with the rights - since both were New Line Cinema productions, they just yoinked the Quiet Cool theme song and slapped…