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  • Starry Eyes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    This one will require some more pondering - as well as a potential second viewing - but as far as for right now, Starry Eyes was mighty effective.

    The movie shifts from dramatic slow-burn, cult-terror, body-horror, then straight through to possession-slasher with ease - though I'm fully aware that some will view this film and find plenty to titter at - some scenes work in just a particular way that you will either buy into or find giggle-worthy. Personally, it…

  • The Taking of Deborah Logan 2014

    ★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2015

    The Taking of Deborah Logan is a well-crafted faux-documentary horror flick that starts fairly strong but unfortunately cribs too many influences from the found footage genre.

    If your film is structured as a documentary piece, why end your picture in a cave with shaky, skittery camera work and loud, glitchy audio gimmicks? With a foundation in horrors that are very human - old age, sickness and more - the film begins on an unsettling and relatable note, but jumps to…

  • Miami Connection 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2015

    The only movie that could follow up Death Spa.

    There was no other option, really. We painted ourselves into a corner with that double feature opener.

    "FRIENDS FOREVER!" will be in my head, all week, all over again.

  • Death Spa 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2015

    Here's a tip - when you're having friends over for a VHS double-feature, don't start with Death Spa, because it's EXTREMELY hard to follow up. There's just not much that can top this slice of well-crafted insanity.

    Except for maybe Miami Connection.

  • Repo Man 1984

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jan, 2015

    Adding a half-star to my previous review, because as this flick continues to age, it just keeps getting better and better.

  • Modern Romance 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2015 1

    Albert Brooks' Modern Romance is hilarious, this I am sure you're aware of.

    Going in, I had heard a lot of huge praise for this film, and all of it was warranted. What I didn't know, was that it would be mostly based around cringe-worthy emotional spiraling, and that most of the comedy would come from a pretty dark place - one man becoming more and more suspicious, neurotic, unhinged (so to speak) and obsessive.

    The film perfectly keeps this…

  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    Viewed and reviewed for See You Next Wednesday podcast, Episode 149.

    Aside from a few minor issues, I loved A Most Violent Year.

    Stripped down, dialogue driven dramatics with mounting tension that sneaks up on you. Fantastic performances all around - while skirting that I'M ACTING! sense that has been swirling around some year-end flicks this past awards season.

    The dialogue and script will certainly bother some - it's blunt in its placement of plot points and motivations into these…

  • The Slumber Party Massacre 1982

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2015

    A film so stuffed with jump-scares that a character taking out the garbage ultimately performs her own jump-scare.

    Slyly satirical, and a lot of fun, The Slumber Party Massacre gets labeled as a "pure" slasher a lot, and it's fairly apt. Also, bonus points for the subtle-and-not-so-subtle moments of winking feminism.

    Also, maybe the only pan-down-to-butt shot that comes across as a defiant moment. "Roger Corman says he needs some nudity in here, well here it is, as calculated and shruggish as possible."

  • It Follows 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 2

    Wow, I did not expect to be disappointed with It Follows, but here we are.

    Gorgeous cinematography and an incredible soundtrack on this terrific concept - but ultimately I found the execution middling.

    Never full-on scary, but oft-off-putting, ultimately the film never capitalizes fully on its concept, but rather just shambles through despite the aforementioned positives.

    I liked some moments in here a lot, but I couldn't get behind it as a whole - which bummed me out.

  • Hawk Jones 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    There's nothin' else like Hawk Jones.

    Sure, Bugsy Malone comes pretty close, but the low-budget and over-scoring of Hawk Jones has it end up feeling like some kind of fever dream. Did I really watch that on the big screen last night? Or was it all a dream?

    The most interesting thing about Hawk Jones, maybe, is that you don't see this kind of weirdo-kids production any more. Sure, you can go load up some YouTube videos where some family…

  • Ouija 2014

    ★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2015

    My Brother watched this, so I watched it again - for some reason.

  • Sniper: Legacy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Your basic straight-to-video action-film production.

    Viewers that seek this kind of stuff out are getting exactly what they're looking for here - slickly filmed action, solid production values for a DTV picture, bare-bones plot that constantly pushes forward by featuring an "international intrigue" angle, and a few moments over-the-top violence.

    The acting ranges from fine, to below-average, and overall it's just all what you expect it will be. It also doesn't pretend like it has a lot to say, it just gets in, boom boom shoot explosions, and gets out.

    Not much to hate, not much to like.