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  • Rent a Cop

    Rent a Cop 1988

    ★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2015

    What the shit is this shrill and annoying movie even ABOUT?! Holy moly.

  • Black Mass

    Black Mass 2015

    ★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2015

    Scratched my itch for a crime drama, but Black Mass is missing that extra something to knock it out of the park.

    I very much enjoyed myself while it played out, but didn't exactly find it entirely memorable either. Nice back and forth from Depp and Edgerton that's for sure, and solid supporting cast.

    Benedict C. is wildly miscast here, though.

    Scott Cooper seems to have perfected this kind of not-quite-there film, as Black Mass is hollow in a lot of the same ways as Out of the Furnace.

  • The Meddler

    The Meddler

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    A hilarious and charming comedy, with very strong central performances - especially from Susan Surandon. It may play a little light weight, but all in all it's a wonderful, heartfelt and endearing little gem.

  • Offerings

    Offerings 1989

    ★★½ Watched 17 Sep, 2015

    Not every slasher film can be Halloween or Sledgehammer - the former a masterpiece and the latter a masterpiece as well, for entirely different reasons.

    And yet, there are plenty of films like Offerings situated smack-dab in the middle. To say this film owes a debt to Halloween is an understatement - Offerings cribs liberally from the aforementioned film, utilizing a set up and musical motif so strikingly similar that it's surprising that the legal system was never involved at…

  • Intruder

    Intruder 1989

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    Scott Spiegel directs this aw-shucks us-too! slasher co-starring Sam Raimi and with a cameo from Bruce Campbell. Based on his short film - titled Night Crew - Intruder follows your standard slasher boilerplate, but set in a grocery store and shot with sub-Raimi styling.

    Takes a while to get going - around 40 minutes before an on-screen kill - but plenty of over-the-top gore from KNB and surprisingly well-timed comedic moments help breathe some life into the tired plotting; the…

  • The Girl in the Photographs

    The Girl in the Photographs 2015

    Watched 15 Sep, 2015

    The Girl In The Photographs seems to have a lot going for it - including a phenomenal cinematographer (Dean Cundey!) , a script co-written by Oz Perkins (son of Anthony Perkins and writer of February) as well as a solid conceit.

    When a bored small-town cashier begins receiving numbered photographs of brutally murdered women, it attracts the attention of an American Apparel-esque photographer (played by Kal Penn) who descends upon the town with his entourage in order to get closer…

  • Scream

    Scream 1996

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2015

    Holds up.

  • 90 Minutes in Heaven

    90 Minutes in Heaven 2015

    Watched 13 Sep, 2015

    Punishment film for the See You Next Wednesday podcast.

    More like 120 Minutes in Hell!

    Now that I have gotten that out of the way, this film was not at all what I expected. I went in hoping for something unintentionally hilarious and in the vein of these recent forays into Christian blockbuster-attempts like Saving Christmas or Left Behind.

    What I got though, was a mostly-mediocre but oft-boring slog featuring what may be the most realistic portrayal of hospital stays…

  • Legend

    Legend 2015

    ★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2015

    Hardy is fantastic here, but the rest of the film didn't really do anything for me.

    What's up with the score? It really felt out of place at times. There's definitely some great moments buried in here, but the tone felt wildly inconsistent and it never really seems like the movie is interested in turning its moving parts into a whole.


  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    Hoooly shit! Green Room continues Jeremy Saulnier's (of Blue Ruin previously) tradition of near-perfect nail-biting, white-knuckling, shocking but thoroughly entertaining - and funny! - thriller filmmaking.

    This was phenomenal, and has everything that makes a great Midnight Madness pick - laughs, gasps of audible surprise, sighs of relief, shocking left-turns, and much more.

    An intense experience that I can't wait to have again - this should be seen on the big screen for sure. That overwhelming tension needs to be felt the way only a movie theater vewing can offer.

  • Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    Damn, this movie is fantastic.

    Save for one or two false notes (and one particularly poorly-aged shot, you'll know it when it happens) this might actually be my favourite of the Body Snatcher films.

    So well lensed, it's crazy. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that since Larry Cohen was involved on a story level, that's how we ended up with the military angle - and it's cool to see Stuart Gordon co-credited on the script…

  • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    "Look at me - if you don't, I'm gonna rip your fucking head off!"

    Aaaawwww shit!!!

    Message aside, this is some very entertaining trash.