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  • Enemy Mine

    Enemy Mine 1985

    ★★ Watched 10 May, 2015

    A film with solid performances, oft-fantastic effects (and some that are not-so), and what feels like the first sketch of a script. There are some wonderful little nuggets of moments in here. but they're surrounded by cliche after cliche.

    I coined a term for this movie: boronkersdiculous. That's boring, bonkers and ridiculous.

  • Dead of Winter

    Dead of Winter 1987

    ★★★ Watched 05 May, 2015

    This entertaining, Ontario-shot gothic-suspense thriller is a pesudo-remake of the 1945 film My Name Is Julia.

    A game cast gives the material their all, but unfortunately the film is constructed in a way where key turns are telegraphed - the audience is always at least one step ahead of the film.

    Maybe, this stems from coming at the film with modern eyes, but even visually there is a scene in the finale that is spoiled by an over-obvious insert shot.…

  • Mind Games

    Mind Games 1989

    ★★ Watched 04 May, 2015

    Mind Games (directed by Bob Yari!) stars Maxwell Caulfield as Eric, an un-charismatic flute-playin' "charismatic evil guy" who befriends a road-tripping family on the edge of divorce and subsequently tears them apart, with... MIND GAMES!

    First, Eric befriends the family's son, Kevin, and forces him to partake in bouts of vandalism and breaking-and-entering, before seducing the mother, Rita, and finally trying to murder the father in their camper. Almost becomes a straight-up revenge film with the family turning on Eric…

  • Hiding Out

    Hiding Out 1987

    ★★½ Watched 03 May, 2015

    I reached out for dumb entertainment and got this in return.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2015

    Hey, I also have an opinion about this film!

    I liked it!

  • Ghost

    Ghost 1990

    ★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2015

    So 1990s, it hurts.

    Main takeaway: Jerry Zucker's directorial tricks honed on his comedies can fit quite well (that mirror shot here is a little bit "hey! look what I'm doing!" but man it's nice!) outside of the goof-a-minute pacing of his prior work.

  • The Pyramid

    The Pyramid 2014

    Watched 25 Apr, 2015

    Ugh, no.

    The Pyramid is nothing more than a collection of tired cliches and scares that cannot even commit entirely to its found footage framing device, let alone attempt to do anything other than the bare minimum that is expected from a horror film these days.

    Right from the start, with an opening crawl telling you that the film will document events that took place after the discovery of an ancient underground pyramid, the film breaks its device by featuring…

  • Killer Legends

    Killer Legends 2014

    Watched 25 Apr, 2015

    I didn't have an issue with the way the filmmakers involved themselves with Cropsey, as I felt that film held interest throughout - but the way they force themselves into this film (walking around, performing reactions and discoveries directly for the camera) really irked me here in Killer Legends.

    Shame, because I would definitely be interested in a full-on in-depth documentary on some of these cases. Maybe I'll circle back on this one, but I had to turn it off for now (not something I do all that often).

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2015

    While Unfriended isn't entirely successful, it does manage to pack in some well-executed moments and offers a very direct message within its genre-thrills.

    Moments like ghost-related disappearing x's on Mac windows and websites about internet-ghosts play a little goofy, but otherwise the film wears its gimmick well - with story beats teased out through the writing and re-writing of messages, and more.

    It's unfortunate when the film turns into little more than an abrasive shouting match in the second half, but there are enough moments here that make Unfriended a worthy attempt to tell this anti-bullying story with a high-tech spin.

  • Testament

    Testament 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2015

    Oof.

    This drama has a tight lens on the emotionally raw moments of one town (and specifically one family) in the wake of a nuclear bomb drop. Jane Alexander plays the mother - and was nominated for her performance - with skill.

    Some moments don't land just the way you want them to, but the ones that do are haunting, bleak and unsettling; there are a few key scenes that will be burned into my brain for a while.

    It…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2015 1

    Props to Garland for giving one of the better post-screening Q&A sessions I've seen - his straight and to the point discussion of the inner workings of Ex Machina really helped me work through my feelings on the piece.

    He could have very easily taken the "Well what do YOU think it means" angle, but he didn't and the session was all the better for it.

    I don't even know how to describe my feelings about this film in such…

  • The Beastmaster

    The Beastmaster 1982

    ★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    Can't really rate this, as I fell asleep half-way through. I both loved and hated it, though. Some great stick-dance-fight moves, and the little ferret dudes were cute as heck.