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  • Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

    Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

    ★★★

    Not as funny as Equanamity, but still pretty good.

  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

    Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

    ★★★½

    I found out I am 100% politically aligned with Dave Chappelle.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    Another film where I feel I fell victim to internet hype: Mandy was neither as overly violent and crazy (see The Night Comes For Us for a movie that delivers in that regard) as I thought it would be, nor does Nic Cage go as flat-out bonkers as I thought he would.

    Entertaining, but to be honest I saw this 2 weeks ago and just now am sitting to bang out a quick review, and already it's fading fast from the memory banks. Go in with lower expectations and I'm sure you'll find lots to love. It's coming to Shudder, if you're in the US, shortly.

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★

    The Beyond is known as a gore-fest, and in that regard it doesn't disappoint. The gore is plentiful and inventive, although in many cases looks dated and inferior compared to better late 70s / early 80s entries such as Dawn of the Dead. However the film exists solely as a vehicle for this gore, and otherwise is completely nonsensical: it features 70s porno-music guitar riffs during character deaths, hilarious character decisions and actions, and bizarre side plots that go nowhere.…

  • Cold Hell

    Cold Hell

    ★★★½

    Solid German thriller that centers on a Turkish immigrant who sees a brutal murder in the apartment next door, and becomes the killer's next target. I had this up to 4-stars for a lot of the run time, but it meanders unnecessarily in the last act and loses some focus.

    Cold Hell however features stellar cinematography and use of color for a dreary locale and subject, a fantastic lead character and performance, and an interesting look at German attitude towards immigrants. Without these highlights this could have easily fallen into mediocrity, but instead is a solid recommendation.

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★½

    What stood out on this rewatch for me is how *smart* The Hunt For Red October is. It demands your attention, and a knowledge of the cold war and naval operations seem almost mandatory to get the most out of the movie. A lot of these older classics I watch and then plan when I'll be able to watch them again with my younger (now 9 yrs old) daughter. Raiders of the Lost Ark? Already seen it. Predator? Maybe 2…

  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★½

    Direct descendant of "The Raid", The Night Comes For Us amps that movie's gore and action up even further and makes for a visceral, entertaining ride. It is perhaps one of the most violent action movies ever, and mixes brutal martial arts action with Jason Vorhees-esque kills.

    Unlike The Raid however, TNCfU lacks the tight swiss-watch of a plot and actions-reactions that make sense. Here, sequences feel like they would be at home in an old-school Jackie Chan movie, minus…

  • Prom Night

    Prom Night

    One of the worst horrors I've seen, Prom Night has absolutely nothing going for it. A clear ripoff of Halloween which hit 2 years earlier, Prom Night inherits all of that film's problems, except they are all 10-times worse here, and introduces a bucket-full of other issues.

    While 78's Halloween had Michael Meyer's mask and creepiness, Carpenter's great cinematography, and at least some thrills in the last 15 minutes, Prom Night has none of these. Instead it has cheapo Canadian…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    A rewatch in preparation for the new version opening soon, I was a little disappointed with how slow this original is. I had seen it probably 15 years ago, so not recent but certainly not enough to have nostalgia rose-tinted glasses either, and I remember it being better.

    There is so much repetition in the movie: Michael's standing across the street, now he's gone, now he's back; it's a peek-a-boo slasher. Kills don't really happen at all until the last…

  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★½

    Hilariously bad, I didn’t expect this to be such a z-grade movie. Still, it is weird enough to be entertaining: such a bizarre mix of genres, with creepy comedy and melodrama mixed in with slasher tropes. The choice to use actual kids in the movie as leads is also bizarro for this kind of film. Normally you have 24-year-olds playing high school kids. Not here.

    But because the actual gore is pretty low, and really you don’t see most of the kills (simply dead bodies afterwards), for as much as I lol’ed during this I still can’t give it a recommend. Close though.

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★★

    Solid found-footage comeback from M. Night Shymalan that blends horror with a few good laughs. Nothing overtly special though, and although I waffled between a 3 and 3.5 star, I can see myself struggling to remember any standout scenes a week from now, so will go with a 3.

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★½

    Very good movie, but I believe I was a victim of internet hype on this one. I thought it would be more packed with gory action than it was- although there are a couple of great scenes. Still solid featuring a good Tom Hardy-esque lead actor and a good story, and worth a watch.