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  • Grand Piano 2013

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    Grand Piano works on a similar level as Brian DePalma's film Passion did - in that it takes a preposterous concept and executes it with over-the-top style and glossy direction. It's high minded trash, and for that reason alone I felt like Grand Piano worked for me.

    I love when movies get as silly as this film does, but presents that in such a straight up classy way. Slick doesn't even begin to describe the work that director Eugenio Mira

  • The Blob 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2014

    Always had a soft-spot for the 1988 remake of The Blob, and re-watching it recently has revealed that the picture still holds up - falling just beneath 80s remakes like The Thing and The Fly.

    It might not match those classic films, but it comes damn near close with its incredible practical effects that pack a wallop - that first kill in the hospital, sheesh.

    The script here is fantastic, co-written by the director and Frank Darabont - yes, that

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    As a enormous fan of Michael Showalter and David Wain's work (as well as Michael Ian Black and their Stella output, on top of all of the other members of The State), I was hugely pleased with They Came Together.

    The film may rest upon a fairly obvious one-joke premise, but the gags that reside around that central joke are certainly not all cut from the same cloth. And it helps that the central joke is funny, above all else.…

  • The Last Dragon 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2014 4

    I'm dead. I have died. This movie, holy crap. How did this movie elude me for so long?

    One star removed for the fact that it runs a little too long, and drags upon entering the finale. But what an ending!

    Should you watch this movie? SHO NUFF!!!

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2014

    I desperately wanted to love Snowpiercer, as it has long been one of my most anticipated movies of this year.

    Not that it isn't a pretty great flick by any means, but that it is as messy and flawed as it is was a bit disappointing to me. The film sputters to start with some stilted and odd dialogue choices, but works up considerable steam as it moves along. Some of the action set-pieces are spectacular, and the colourful juxtaposition…

  • Cold in July 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2014

    Say hello to this year's Big Bad Wolves - in the sense that this movie is getting mad hype, and I'm not completely sure why.

    Well, scratch that - I know why. Cold in July is fine genre pastiche, in some ways, and it will play well to a crowd of bleak revenge thriller fans. My issue I guess, is that while the skeleton is laid bare for all to see, it's clear to me that there's no meat here.…

  • Fortress 1986

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2014

    This made-for-television HBO drama/thriller sports an uneven tone at times, but makes up for it all with a grim and surprising finale.

    Fortress may have some pretty below-average performances (Rachel Ward in particular surprised me here by actually being quite stilted in the first half of the picture) and major pacing issues, but when the film does eventually make it to the titular fortress, it morphs into a passable fight back! thriller with some sobering moments in the climax.

    Struggling to decide between 2.5 and 3 stars on this one, but I'll stick right in the middle for now.

  • American Anthem 1986

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2014 1

    Hilarious 80s gymnastics picture that is overflowing with cheese-appeal. Synth-tastic score, overblown dramatics, awful acting and bizarre egg-based eating habits abound.

    A thing that this movie tries to pull off with a straight face: Main character opens his fridge, takes out an egg, cracks a hole in the top of it with his two front teeth and then sucks out the insides and tosses the shell. It's disgusting.

    Nevertheless, it drags a little and the so-bad-it's-good moments are definitely spread…

  • The 'Burbs 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Jun, 2014

    Re-viewing for Time Bandits Episode 38.

    It's a cliche to say, but one of those films so stuffed with gags, so jammed with detailed set design that (so far, anyway) upon every re-view I find something new to laugh at.

  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2014

    Hear the full review on Episode 118 of See You Next Wednesday.

    22 Jump Street is quite funny, but an end-credits sequence ends up being the best part of the entire experience. I laughed throughout, but unfortunately this film seems a bit more cut from the Apatow cloth than the original - meaning it feels 'riffier' and more loose than the original.

    If the idea was to spoof sequels and their tenancy to contain diminishing returns, by literally diminishing the…

  • Megaforce 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2014

    Wow. I mean... yeah... wow.

    Some movies have a plot - you know, this thing that drives all the action? Yeah, well MegaForce sorta has one of those. What it ultimately comes down to, though, is a handful of action scenes completely made up of shots of things being launched at other stuff and then that stuff blowing up.

    We're introduced to characters, sure. There's Barry Bostwick in a fantastically campy performance as Ace Hunter. There's also a bunch of…

  • Return to Oz 1985

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jun, 2014

    Having heard all kinds of stories about how dark and disturbing Return To Oz is - including one warning sticker on the Disney VHS tape claiming that it is not for young children - I was a little let down that the film wasn't all that bad. This thing isn't that much darker than your average 80s flick, I mean, compare this to other films from the era - like Dark Crystal or Legend - and it seems to fit…