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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Phew, just remembered that I don't have to choose between thinking Interstellar was either THE WORST movie or THE BEST movie.

    It's a mixed bag, and your mileage may vary. I enjoyed sifting and sorting through all "Hmm, that's neat, I liked that, hated that, ambivalent to this bit, uninterested in that one, and oh come on really?". To be honest, I can't see myself running back to it for more viewings, but we'll see.

    The sentiment floating around about…

  • Snake Eater 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    Viewed for the upcoming episode of Time Bandits Podcast.

    Shades of Deadly Prey.

    Snake Eater is not the action film that the poster purports it to be (if "America is just another jungle" to him, why does the whole picture take place in the jungle/woods, and not in NYC as the poster suggests!?), but rather a Backwoods Revenge film - which makes sense, as this is a Canadian production (see: Death Weekend, Bullies, Trapped, etc.)

    Lorenzo Lamas stars as a…

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    Reviewed for Episode 138 of See You Next Wednesday Podcast.

    Incredible performances, but not quite the knockout I was expecting. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, aside from some qualms about the soundtrack - though I may be the only one. Nightcrawler will sink in upon multiple viewings, I believe - I can't wait to revisit it.

  • St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2014

    St. Vincent reminds me a lot of The Way Way Back, in that it's a film that I very much enjoyed taking in, despite of the fact that it's quite cliche and predictable through and through.

    Watching the movie, you'll find no surprises in where it will go - in fact, the framing device of the film is so telegraphed that it is far, far beyond the point for me, personally.

    I was overwhelmed by the performances here - Bill…

  • The Canal 2014

    ★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    The Canal oozes atmosphere and clicks along nicely for well over two-thirds of the running time. The set-up is expected, but the execution works and features a few of the best creep-out scenes and imagery of the year.

    Unfortunately, the film unravels in the finale - not entirely, but it's quite the let-down after such a solidly constructed first and second act. The Canal cranks the volume up and blows out the rest of the movie with an ending that…

  • The Carrier 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    Read the entire review at Modern Superior.

    If you’ve ever wanted to see a movie filled with warring factions of Glad garbage bag-clad townsfolk, murdering each other for kittens, boy do I have the movie for you!

    Written and Directed by Nathan J. White – who never went on to write or direct anything else – The Carrier is one of those movies that you are simultaneously befuddled by and engrossed with.

    The set up is so damn batty, and…

  • Ouija 2014

    ★★ Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    M - E - D - I - O - C - R - E !

    Ouija will prove an effective movie going experience for only the most undemanding of movie audiences - and that seems to be exactly the kind of people this film has been tailor-made for.

    At this point in our lives, it's safe to say that crafting a decent jump-scare isn't all that hard. Ouija actually has quite a few moments that got me jumping in…

  • Strait-Jacket 1964

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    Checked back in on William Castle's head-chopper melodrama for more Halloween pre-gaming. It's over-the-top fun through and through. Well directed, with head-popping axe-murders rubbing shoulders with hilarious over-dramatics and fairly obvious whodunnit? plotting.

    Definitely one you should have on your list this year if you're looking for some campy black-and-white action.

  • Trick 'r Treat 2007

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Oct, 2014 2

    Halloween Pre-Game Viewing. Memories flooded back of my experience seeing this in '08 (or '09?) when it played to a packed room of ravenous fans at After Dark Film Festival. To say it had been anticipated would be an understatement, since a plethora of rumours had circulated the film - from the botched release to a flood of positive buzz.

    It's still a wonderfully fun film to watch - darkly hilarious and much stronger than most anthology films are.

    Always a great one to check in yearly.

  • Life After Beth 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown 2014

    ★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Mixed bag of effectiveness, from the cinematography - which at times is inventive and stylishly effortless, and others overbearing and indulgent - to the plotting - at times meta-in-just-the-right-way and others expectedly cliche.

    Part of me gives props to the film for giving the genre a well-intentioned dose of style and energy, while I'm also sighing in disappointment for what could have been if the rest of the movie had followed suit.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    I've put off reviewing Whiplash here, as it has been one to ponder on, for sure. I briefly discuss it on the latest episode of See You Next Wednesday though, if you'd like more.

    Definitely one to discuss as you're leaving the theater - and again over drinks. And again a few days later.

    I think the complicated nature of the teacher/student relationship is played almost perfectly here.

    The caustic, toxic and infectious nature of J.K. Simmons' character leaving a…