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  • Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur 2016

    ★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2016


  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2016

    "Conner's music may not be what I listen to in my free time, but it seems to make so many people... money."

  • The Deep End

    The Deep End 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2016

    Suitably tense noir-plotting well-executed and acted by Swinton; she's the center of the story, and thankfully the relationship between her Margaret and Goran Visnjic's Alek is restrained but teased out realistically. This allows The Deep End to wisely side-step moments of disbelief that could have potentially rang false.

  • Imperium

    Imperium 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Aug, 2016

    Above-average thriller featuring Daniel Radcliffe going undercover as a neo-nazi to expose potential terrorist threat; what starts off tense, suspenseful and extremely timely ultimately lands in some fairly expected territory, but the performance from Radcliffe and Toni Collette make this a solid, watchable flick.

    The climax ultimately drops some of the film's earlier threads in favor of a left-turn in the plot, but the denouement is satisfying and feels emotionally honest.

    I'd say temper expectations that the excellent trailer may have overly-heightened, and you'll be more than happy.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2016

    Well, that was devastatingly depressing and impeccably acted.

  • If Looks Could Kill

    If Looks Could Kill 1991

    ★★★½ Added

    Movies this spectacularly miscast are rarely this entertaining; Grieco is, as Fred Dekker so eloquently put it on Facebook, a fish in water here. Whereas Anthony Michael Hall (as intended by Dekker when he wrote the project initially) would have been much better.

    Regardless, it's over-the-top eighties-hangover early-nineties silliness and it's all a lotta fun, the finale in particular.

  • Dangerously Close

    Dangerously Close 1986

    ★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2016

    Dangerously Close to being exciting.

  • Superstition

    Superstition 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2016

    Sometimes you forget how refreshing it can actually be to watch a b-horror where things actually happen for once.

    Superstition may be no great shakes when it comes to plot, but it's a well-executed and handsome production that features a gore-gag or murder pretty much every-other-scene; rounded out with a solid soundtrack, some moments of genuine tension and a vicious villain, Superstition is the kind of horror movie that will delight a crowd of beer-sipping, pizza-gnawing friends but will also…

  • Distant Justice

    Distant Justice 1992

    ★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2016

    The tagline for Distant Justice may be "It's Closer Than You Think," but the end of the movie certainly feels distant throughout this yawn-fest from director Tôru Murakawa (The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf, The Beast to Die.)

    With a Death Wish carbon-copy set-up (Bunta Sugawara's wife is murdered and his daughter kidnapped after inadvertently taking a photograph of a drug deal) this flick ends up spinning wheels until it finally becomes the action movie it promises in the finale. George Kennedy and David Carradine sleepwalk their way through the picture.

    Mostly boring and lacking in suspense and atmosphere, but OK in moments; pretty skippable overall.

  • Airheads

    Airheads 1994

    ★★★ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2016

    Just the kind of movie I was looking for at 12:30 am last night. Funnier than I remembered, plus Buscemi and Sandler are pretty perfect.

  • I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

    I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story 2015

    ★★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2016

    A very sweet documentary that sort of outstays its welcome a little bit.

    Especially the five- to ten-minute portion where a murder on Spinney's property is introduced and then glossed over seemingly only to further paint the story of how nice the Spinney's are.

    That might sound harsh, but honestly they totally swipe over this awful murder and skip pretty quickly to the part where the parents are sending Spinney and his wife nice letters saying they forgive him. I…

  • Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2

    Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 2016

    ½ Watched 12 Aug, 2016

    Fuck. No.

    NO no no no no.

    Maybe one of the most useless, unnecessary sequels I've seen. The new characters are terrible dress-up archetypes and the old characters are completely betrayed with their appearances. It's like Merendino said "Let's think of where these characters would end up, and then write the exact opposite thing."

    Say what you want about the original, but if any of those characters and actors felt like they were putting on a face, playing dress-up or…