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  • The Boyfriend School

    The Boyfriend School 1990

    ★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    "It stinks!"

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    I thought it was very funny. You might also find it very funny! You should go watch it and decide if you think it is very funny, or maybe not-so-funny. As you already know, I found it the former.

  • Pride

    Pride 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2015

    Crowd pleasing with some expected beats, but terrific cast and an eye for having major emotional moments play out on smaller scales make PRIDE a winning experience. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it.

  • Dogfight

    Dogfight 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Dogfight is a wonderful movie - with one or two slight issues - and I don't know why it isn't talked about more. It really is a hidden gem.

    What could have been a very cliche "two opposites learn to love from each other" picture is made so much more through the quality of the performances and script. The whole picture hangs upon River and Lili, and they knock it out of the park.

    The film opens up a little…

  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead... 1985

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    I still love this movie, so much. I watched it yesterday, and I want to watch it again today.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    A mess, though a fun one.

    Some great moments peppered throughout the film, which ultimately ends up a nice slight-spoof on the spy genre with a loving eye, mixed with some very off-putting Millar-isms.

    I'm sorry, but when you have a literal princess locked in a room with nothing to do in your finale who promises anal sex to the lead-hero if he'll save her, then I have a major problem with your movie.

    Also, the church scene is all…

  • The Mini-Skirt Mob

    The Mini-Skirt Mob 1968

    ★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2015

    Motorcycle-sploitation about a woman who is upset her ex is now dating a plain Jane type non-gang member, so she decides to terrorize their lives - leading to a chain of back-and-forth violence.

    Knew exactly what I was getting into, and thus had a fair time here. No, it's not one of the best examples of the genre, but it's pretty entertaining. Lotsa freak-out garage tunes and people getting into fights.

  • High Spirits

    High Spirits 1988

    ★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    Not as major a disaster as you may have been lead to believe. Honestly, the major problem here is that the film doesn't know what it wants to be - a farcical comedy about a spook-filled castle, or a bizarre romantic comedy about a couple in trouble who both shack up with spectres.

    The first third of the film is great - high spectacle farce with over-the-top effects scenes (the bed spinning, and launching throughout the castle was great). The…

  • Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

    Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2015

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw BradCo's basement VHS video store, complete with vintage MSDOS PC.

    Adjust Your Tracking is a fantastic companion piece to Rewind This! (which focuses on the history of the format more than anything else).

    Here, pretty much the entire picture is devoted to collectors, the history and visibility of collecting, and more. Collector Spotlights pop in to show off some killer collections, which as I mentioned above had me drooling.

    This won't be for everyone - though the characters of these collectors are entertaining regardless, in my opinion - but as a huge VHS nerd, this was heaven.

  • Red Army

    Red Army 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2015

    Thoroughly watchable doc about Russian hockey players and their subsequent move to the NHL. Suffers a little bit from a lack of focus and some shaggy production quirks - I noted a few times where subtitles went by too quick or where hard to read while other information floated on-screen and tore attention away.

    There's some spectacular hockey footage in here, unsurprisingly. The Russians' passing game is insane.

  • Starry Eyes

    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

    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…