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  • Mirror Mirror

    Mirror Mirror 1990

    ★★ Watched 06 Oct, 2015

    Mirror Mirror is one of those horror movies you wish you liked just a little bit more.

    I dig what it's going for - it's pretty much a Carrie clone, about a goth girl who is mercilessly teased at her new school and as such uses an old mirror with ominous powers to get her revenge.

    It places a lot of great focus on a trio of women: the main character (who believably struggles with her image and shyness in…

  • Phantoms

    Phantoms 1998

    ★½ Rewatched 06 Oct, 2015 2

    I really wish this movie could have figured out what the hell it wanted to be instead of blatantly cribbing from so many movies but never trying to actually put them together into a satisfying whole.

    In spots, it has the chops to be a good monster flick (there's a sick back-to-back head shot-gun blast and one scene where a dog explodes awesomely) but it tries to hip things up with comedy at the exact wrong moments ("Limbo!") and really…

  • The Drop

    The Drop 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2015

    That's one helluva ominous umbrella.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2015

    Hey, this was great! (Saving it for the podcast.)

  • Video World

    Video World 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2015

    Sweet little short-form documentary about the closing of an independent video rental store.

    It's shabby (near the beginning, the exact same shot is used twice within a minute of itself) but is worth watching for a) the plain ol' small-town folk who are interviewed (that sweet old lady bemoaning content being 'piped in' is just the best) and b) The Bible - which is just a binder of flattened and numbered VHS slipcovers for porno flicks (so you can 'order' the number without saying a bawdy title aloud).

  • The Visit

    The Visit 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    I quite enjoyed my time with The Visit - it's funny in the right kind of ways, and lands the kind of tone that I feel like CREEP was trying to hit.

    It's mostly a comedy, and though the scares didn't work for me at all, I didn't mind. The parts that should have been stupid, logically, didn't bother me (how crusty can pancake batter get?!)

    This one sits beside Willow Creek as great entries into a genre that most…

  • The Borrower

    The Borrower 1991

    ★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    Had super high hopes for this movie, and left a little bit disappointed.

    Some hilarious moments and great effects (though oddly they felt cut-around, but I couldn't figure out if I had an edited down copy or not) but overall I wasn't in total love with it.

    Definitely an entertaining and funny film that could grow on me with some more time.

  • Remote Control

    Remote Control 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2015

    This film is an absolute blast; like TerrorVision by way of Videodrome for the VHS set, this bonkers and hilarious tale of a VHS from space is a magnetic slab of silly entertainment that lands smack dab right in my comfort zone.

    Deserves to be more well known than it is, and likely Jeff Lieberman's best film. EDIT: OOPS, I mean, best film after Just Before Dawn, of course, which is phenomenal.

  • Bunny Lake Is Missing

    Bunny Lake Is Missing 1965

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2015

    Well, that took a few turns, didn't it?

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    Save it for the podcast(s).

    That said: daaaaaamn!

  • Miami Blues

    Miami Blues 1990

    ★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    Demme-lite thriller/drama/comedy that rides high on 90s vibes, pulsing black comedy, romance and violence together into a Tarantino-like pulp.

    It doesn't all work together as a whole, but this might be one that I need to sit with and revisit at a later time. I certainly dug what it was going for, but felt a bit detached from the film.

  • Next of Kin

    Next of Kin 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2015 1

    Next of Kin is a very stylish Australian horror-thriller (accent on the latter) with oodles of atmosphere and talent to burn.

    From the quite brilliantly utilized thudding-soundtrack and swooshing camera moves, to the slow-burn pace with fantastic editing, there's a lot going on here that really worked for me.

    It definitely takes a while to kick into gear, and though the plotting was a little bit obtuse in moments, overall this was a fantastic little sleeper hit that I'd highly…