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  • To Be the Best 1993

    ★★½ Added

    Review originally posted as Time Bandits Capsule Review on Modern Superior.

    About five or six minutes into To Be The Best, at least four or five cars had been totaled and a helicopter exploded – and this was all before a motorcycle chase transitioned from the aqueducts of Los Angeles straight into a little league game. At this point I hadn’t even figured out any of the character’s names yet, so clearly I was totally on board with this offering…

  • Transcendence 2014

    ★★½ Added

    This movie is what I like to call a not-quite movie.

    Because it's not-quite thrilling enough to be an entertaining thriller of the throw-away variety. It's not-quite smart enough to actually comment upon the interesting ideas it manages to bring up once in a while. It's not-quite as great looking as a film directed by Wally Pfister should be. On top of all this, it's not-quite bad enough to be a fascinating bomb, or misfire.

    Seeing 8 positive and 8…

  • Oculus 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    Leaps and bounds ahead of Absentia, a film that left me extremely underwhelmed at the time despite heaps of praise. Oculus certainly contains a lot of things you've seen before - specifically with the supernatural baddies, if you'd call them that.

    The reason it all works so well though, is that everything is executed extremely cleverly. I love the editing, loved the blending of the two time-lines ever so slowly, more and more as the film clicks along.

    With fine…

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994

    ★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    Admittedly late to the game on this one. Though I can completely understand the appeal here, this just didn't click for me.

    (Side-note: I definitely have a real soft spot for Richard Curtis' most recent film About Time)

    A few laughs, a couple solid scenes, but otherwise the central relationship just didn't sweep me and overall I felt not much more than a shrug. That is to say, that this film isn't badly constructed and made by any stretch of the imagination - quite the contrary - but that it just didn't work on me. Oh well!

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Listen to me yell about this some more on Episode 109 of my Podcast See You Next Wednesday!

    I don't know what movie everyone else saw, but sweet jesus this was a let-down.

    The Raid 2 takes a great premise (the prison section of the film in particular) and completely mucks up what made the original film work so well - which was the pacing and narrative simplicity that surrounded the action scenes. This film takes the more-is-more angle on…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2014

    Joborowsky's Dune is a fairly uplifting documentary that contains a lot of love for art and cinema, that ultimately isn't too substantial.

    Some of the animations from the storyboards were particularly interesting to see sketched out and animated as they would have been presented.

    Definitely worth checking out, for sure.

    Note: I kept waiting for the one particularly misogynistic/offensive part that I heard buzz after the Fantastic Fest screenings, and it's certainly... something! Sheesh. Pretty horrible choice of phrasing, on that one, Jodorowsky.

  • Night Screams 1987

    ★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2014

    The first few scenes of this movie are highly promising - from the couple viewing a horror flick ("Graduation Day" to be exact) who get offed, to the over the top crazy diner scene and the they've-gotta-be-attempting-satire-right? dialogue. I thought for sure after all of that, I was in for a wild and hilarious ride straight through.

    Yet, aside from some pretty solid kills (poison tossed on sauna-rocks! face-grill!) this one ends up dragging a little. Sure, some of the…

  • The Last Days on Mars 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2014

    Listen, The Last Days on Mars isn't going to bowl you over. This is a slickly made, well shot, well cast B-Movie with almost no surprises to be found.

    For some, they will be unable to overlook that aspect of the picture. But for me, I found it to fit the bill perfectly for what I was in the mood for.

    The Last Days on Mars wears its inspirations clearly, and bluntly. But, just like a few of the "me-too"…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    I liked this just fine, despite it being fairly forgettable overall. The opening action scene is decent, but CA:TWS really perked my eyes up with that car chase, and all subsequent altercations.

    Solid yet workmanlike direction from the Russo's - strikes a fair balance between utilizing shake-cam fight cinematography and actually stepping back to allow the viewer to grasp the visual geography. Buoyed by echoes of paranoia thrillers of days gone by, but still not quite there enough for it…

  • The Starving Games 2013

    ½ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Stunningly unfunny, though not surprisingly so in the least.

  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    I have been meaning to check this one out for a long time, after quite enjoying The Evictors last year.

    This didn't really grab me, but I was also in a bit of a disconnected mood when I watched it - and the drab VHS transfer did not help, which was extremely dark and murky in some key scenes.

    I'd really like to re-visit this one on BluRay, as I was definitely digging the grim tone punctuated with a few…

  • Movie 43 2013

    ½ Watched 30 Mar, 2014 5

    Not entirely devoid of laughs, but it's damn near close.

    I chuckled at the Children in Machines sketch, and there was at least one or two other moments where some of the more talented comedic performers were able to wring a laugh out of such tired and poorly executed material.