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  • Terminal Velocity 1994

    ★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2014

    This idiotic actioner was exactly the kind of movie I was in the mood to watch. Dumb as a sack of marbles, extremely loud and straight faced about it's idiocy.

    The cherry on top would be the incredible skydive scenes, one of which almost rivals Point Break for best skydiving action scene. Not quite, but almost.

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    I just did not find the songs, nor the gags, in this outing to be particularly funny and/or memorable. I laughed here and there, and the "I'll Give You What You Want" song with Constantine seems to be the clear stand-out, but otherwise? Shrug.

    Oddly, the heist plot does feel a little more enjoyable and energetic than the "get the gang back together" of the previous film, but the film itself doesn't really do too much within that template. It's…

  • Avenging Force 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Michael Dudikoff and Steve James star in this fairly overlooked Cannon action-revenge flick.

    Originally intended as a sequel to Invasion USA, and it certainly feels like it - the insane right-wing bad guys are not quite up to the task of overthrowing Richard Lynch from USA, but they are certainly quite malicious here - taking out by-standers and children left and right.

    Dudikoff is fine as usual, and some of the action scenes - the rooftop chase in particular -…

  • Shocker 1989

    ★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2014

    Listen to the Time Bandits episode where we speak about the film!

    Part of me wants to rate this piece of shit five-stars because of how unbelievable the "channel changing" finale of the film was.

    Holy shit, did this otherwise middling piece of garbage ever come dangerously close to jumping the shark straight into my heart. I literally yelped "Is this actually fucking happening!?" out loud, alone (okay, alone but in the company of a bottle of wine).

    But no,…

  • Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness 1986

    ★★★½ Added

    Seeing this movie on VHS at The Royal truly was ♫ a criiii-ti-cal madnessss ♫

  • The Black Hole 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2014

    The Black Hole leaves quite a bit to be desired for a large portion of the running time - it was simply too talky at points for my viewing mood.

    That said, huge points to the design of this film - I could literally have watched the effects all damn day. I absolutely loved everything about the visual style and set design. The scene with the large asteroid near the end of the picture was just spectacular, and I can…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2014 1

    I feel like I'm going to have to take some time to really figure out how to talk about The Grand Budapest Hotel, as it's certainly Anderson's most singular and dense vision yet.

    I can say that I totally loved it though, and thought that it was a real firm step forward in his style - it's almost like Anderson cranked to 11.

    I've read that this film described as being still accessible to non-fans, but I'd probably disagree on that point. If you're someone who has not been on board for his previous films, I can't see this swaying you.

  • Ninja III: The Domination 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Mar, 2014

    If you love ninjas but hate golfers, do I have the movie for you!

    Where has this film been all my life? No idea why it has taken me this long to check it out, but the rumors are all true and this movie is just fucking bonkers amazing.

  • Leviathan 1989

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2014

    Nobody kicks a shark in the face in The Abyss and for that reason alone it is < Leviathan.

    (Real review: a ton of fun, in my opinion. Clearly they're shooting around some of the creature effects when they enter wide shots, but otherwise I really dug it. I had more fun watching this than The Abyss, surprisingly.)

  • Miss Representation 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Mar, 2014

    I'll echo AJ Wiley's comment that "I am incapable of approaching films like this without bias."

    Is this documentary flawed in some regards? Sure, absolutely. Do I still think it is incredibly important viewing, and worth the time spent watching? Also, absolutely. It's a great place to start, anyway.

    Also: Geena Davis and Daphne Zuniga are just the best.

  • Frog Dreaming 1986

    ★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2014

    aka The Go-Kids, aka The Quest

    Kiddo-adventure movie starring Henry Thomas from E.T. who investigates a Loch Ness-esque mystery involving a bubbling, snarling monster shaking things up at the local watering hole.

    If you have fond memories of this from your childhood (as my brother does), it'll prove to be a decent re-watch. If you're viewing it for the first time, this won't blow you away or rival something like Monster Squad, The Goonies, The Gate, etc. by any means.

    You could certainly do worse, and the direction from Ozploitation mainstay Brian Trenchard-Smith is definitely solid. Worth a weekend viewing for fans of the genre.

  • The Abyss 1989

    ★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2014

    Thoughts based upon the Special Edition cut.

    James Cameron goes underwater for more crew-based hijinks as a rag-tag crew of drillers investigate a downed submarine and find...

    Well, some pretty hokey shit, that's what. Loved the set-pieces in here, but something about the first two-thirds of the film just didn't grab me emotionally - aside from being a string of impeccably directed action scenes.

    And then when things do get emotional at the end, boy is it pretty stupid. I…