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  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2015

    Great performances from the leads (I had a few minor issues with some of the supporting) and phenomenal sound design. Had high hopes going in for this one, as I'm a major Beach Boys fan, and I wasn't disappointed.

  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    Tales of the Grim Sleeper 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    Very upsetting, but fantastic.

  • The People Under the Stairs

    The People Under the Stairs 1991

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Jun, 2015

    Goonies for grown-ups?

  • Heart Condition

    Heart Condition 1990

    Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    Witness the '90s holding onto the '80s for dear life.

    OR

    Who is this movie for?

  • The Loft

    The Loft 2014

    Watched 04 Jun, 2015

    I was in the room whilst my brother watched this, a remake of the 2008 Belgian film of the same name (which was also remade as a Dutch film in 2010, confused yet?)

    Boy, this movie is a piece of shit - not even enjoyable in a pulpy-throwback pseudo-erotic 90s thriller kind of way.

    There are plenty of better movies playing that card than this hunk of misogynistic crud.

  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill 1999

    ★★ Watched 31 May, 2015

    Always thought of this as one of the better 90s horror films in my mind, when thinking back to it. Revisiting, not so much.

    I love the opening (that rollercoaster!) but the film quickly devolves into overbearing audio design and flashing lights - literally, there's more flashing lights in the second half than an episode of Battling Seizure Robots. Some effects hold up as cool - nice to see this much stop motion in a film from as late as 1999, which is fun - while others, like the CGI heavy moments, do not at all.

    Honestly, I preferred the House of Wax remake.

  • Dreamscape

    Dreamscape 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 May, 2015

    I just love this movie - I mean, sleep-assassins, come on!

    Quaid is smarmy and smart-assey and great, and the dream effects are fun, and the plot is just delightfully outrageous in the most entertaining way.

    It's one of the best kind of "this has everything!" movies for a Saturday or Sunday night. Total 80s sleeper-thriller-comedy.

  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015

    ★★★ Watched 30 May, 2015

    I'm not a huge, huge Nirvana guy - I mean I like them, but was never obsessed or addicted to their work. So Montage of Heck was interesting - I enjoyed how it was more of a sketch of Cobain for the first half, just drawing out the kind of person he was through the animations and quotes and visuals, etc.

    But, eventually that became a pinch tiresome - especially with the footage of Cobain and Love being insufferable together…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★ Watched 30 May, 2015

    Finally got around to this one, which I enjoyed more than American Hustle, which has soured quite a bit in my mind since it was released. This was a bit less shout-y - at least, it becomes less shout-y the more it turns into a mushy-gushy romance by the finale, which was quite fine by me.

  • Baby Geniuses

    Baby Geniuses 1999

    ½ Watched 22 May, 2015 2

    Hnnngggggohgodno *passes out*

  • Cool as Ice

    Cool as Ice 1991

    ★½ Watched 24 May, 2015 2

    Tonal Shifts: The Motion Picture!

    It's a music film! It's a romance! It's a cartoonish comedy! It's a parental mystery film! It's an art film! (Well, it's shot like one, anyway.) It's a kidnapping thriller!

    It's a pseudo-remake of Rebel Without A Cause!

    IT'S EVERYTHING AND IT'S THE WORST AND IT'S HILARIOUS.

  • Without Warning

    Without Warning 1980

    ★★★ Watched 24 May, 2015

    Fun - albiet middling - slasher-era space-man horror flick finds a group of teens elbowing up with some genre greats (Martin Landau and Jack Palance, here a few years before re-teaming for the underrated Alone in the Dark) as they try to out-wit and out-run a basketball-headed alien who tosses little organic-disc doo-dads at them.

    Structured like a cabin in the woods slasher featuring an alien instead of a murderer, this still manages to be a fair time despite feeling a little so-so overall. The disc-thingies are pretty cool though, and lead to some entertaining effects.

    A good weekend time-waster.