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  • Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse

    Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    Tough-to-watch for a number of reasons, this HBO Undercover America short focuses on the affects of abuse on one child, and how it drove her to do some very chilling things.

    Her descriptions of these acts are quite shocking, though there's also some moments during her interviews where you can really see the therapist pulling some Making A Murderer tricks; telling her she's doing so well and consoling her, while also making sure to get her to describe these shocking acts in detail for the camera.

    Regardless, it's one that you won't forget any time soon.

  • Terminal Bar

    Terminal Bar 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    Short-documentary about NYC's infamous Terminal Bar, featuring black and white photography and stories straight from the bartender himself. The stylized editing and score take a bit of a front-seat now and then, but overall it's a fascinating slice-of-life tale.

  • Tetris: From Russia With Love

    Tetris: From Russia With Love 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jan, 2016

    A lightweight, but still fairly interesting look at the creation of Tetris and the infamous legal battles that surrounded the game. Doesn't delve too deeply into the Tengen / Nintendo battles, but there's always the option of following this short-but-to-the-point doc up with The Gaming Historian's look into that whole issue.

  • The Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2016

    By the end, one will wish there had been further probing into the subjects, but the ride is engrossing, riveting and fascinating all the same.

  • I Saw What You Did

    I Saw What You Did 1988

    ★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    A great set-up, with a good cast, ultimately flubbed by pacing and execution; boy this is a lot more boring than it needs to be.

  • Concussion

    Concussion 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    A quintessential "Well, that was pretty good." weekend-viewing flick.

  • Ticket to Heaven

    Ticket to Heaven 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2016

    Discovered this Canadian drama on the weekend, which concerns a Torontonian's recruitment into a bizarre American cult.

    The lead performance from Nick Mancuso is fantastic, and the whole thing holds up remarkably well - outside of one or two scenes that detail his best friend's stand-up act.

    Ticket To Heaven pulls of a totally believable spiral into madness, and the scenes with Kim Cattrall leading groups of recruits through the brainwashing process work phenomenally well.

    Extremely surprised by this gem, and really recommend that people seek this one out.

  • Style Wars

    Style Wars 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2016

    Finally got around to this one, and it was a great as expected.

  • The Raiders of Atlantis

    The Raiders of Atlantis 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2016

    Not at the same level of something like, say, Light Blast, but this Italian 'splosion-fest directed by Cannibal Holocaust's Ruggero Deodato riffs sci-fi with Mad Max and ends up being quite entertaining.

    Less focused on the stunts (though there are a few fantastic ones here and there) and more on an endless supply of pierced bad dudes with mohawks willing to jump onto the bullets of the good guys, this one can dip into grating territory - but thankfully there's…

  • Electric Dreams

    Electric Dreams 1984

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2016 1

    Charming 80s computer-fantasy fluff from director Steve Barron - of Take On Me and Money For Nothing fame.

    What elevates this film from bizarre oddity to legitimate gem is its wonderful and kinetic visual style, at once dated and ahead-of-its-time; think of how Three O'Clock High continues to be one of the more overlooked High School films and you'll start to get the idea of the kind of tone and style that Electric Dreams brings to the romantic comedy.


  • A Night in Heaven

    A Night in Heaven 1983

    ★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2016

    This was the next video to play on YouTube after watching Get Crazy and I went in expecting a light n' wacky eighties comedy (having not looked up or known anything about the film other than the name and release date as it began.)

    And, well, the director of Rocky and screenwriter of Nashville collaborated on this clearly-compromised picture that seems to want to be both a serious dramatic exploration of its core relationships, as well as a sexed-up exploitation…

  • Get Crazy

    Get Crazy 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2016

    Alan Arkush's Get Crazy started life as a serious-minded picture drawn from his experiences as an usher at the Fillmore East, but in order to sell the movie he had to turn it into an Airplane!-esque zany-comedy.

    While it's an unfortunate beginning to a film, ultimately the hyper-anarchic tone of Get Crazy makes it an absolute blast to sit through. Plus, with a cast featuring Lou Reed, Malcom McDowell, Lee Ving, Daniel Stern, Ed Begley, Jr., Paul Bartel and Mary…