• Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★★★

    Between this and Alice in Wonderland, I am absolutely convinced that those classic Disney animators were dabbling with psychedelics   4/5

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    It isn’t very often that a movie sequel is able to live up to the original. So often sequels try to recapture the magic of a past film, just to fail miserably and make an embarrassment out of their respected franchises. (Surely this didn’t happen to The Terminator franchise right? -_- )

    So when a sequel comes along that not only lives up, but surpasses and improves upon a wildly successful film that was already beloved so greatly, it’s comes…

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★

    In spite of being a vastly overlooked teen crime drama from the late 80’s, River’s Edge boasts a star studded cast that give extremely strong performances which results in some wonderfully rich characters that really amplify the strong narrative.

    I went in with relatively no expectations, knowing nothing more than the plot synopsis and that a youthful Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover are featured as leads. 

    Post viewing I was absolutely blown away with what I’d just watched. To start…

  • The Last House on the Left

    The Last House on the Left

    ★★★★

    The horror legend Wes Craven’s controversial directorial debut The Last House on the Left lives up to it’s shocking reputation nearly 50 years after release. 

    For the entirety of the compact 84 minute runtime Craven showcases the depths of depravity humanity has the potential of inflicting on one another. The sinister and savage acts portrayed against women in this film are nothing short of traumatizing and deeply disturbing which is what has undeniably thrown most viewers off over the years. …

  • Frailty

    Frailty

    ★★★★

    The late great Bill Paxton’s directorial debut Frailty is an overlooked psychological thriller with hints of horror and strong performances throughout the cast. 

    Matthew McConaughey plays a young man recounting his past trauma caused by his religious extremist father (Bill Paxton) as he forces him and his brother to participate in heinous acts supposedly commanded by God

    For a directorial debut, Paxton’s work behind the camera is equally as impressive as his work in front. His portrayal as Father Meiks

  • Dude, Where's My Car?

    Dude, Where's My Car?

    ★½

    To prepare for my viewing of Dude, Where’s My Car? I got absolutely obliterated by partaking in some of that dank whacky tobaccy. Take that into consideration as you will, but I was trying out some “method watching” techniques by trying to achieve a similar mental state shared by the films central protagonists Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Sean William Scott).

    Despite my elevated state of mind, this stoner comedy still fell well below my expectations. There’s something about the “stoners…

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    S. Craig Zahler’s sophomore feature film Brawl in Cellblock 99 is a gritty and gruesome throwback to classic grindhouse cinema. 

    From the moment Vince Vaughn’s character Bradley obliterates his girlfriends car with his bare hands I was completely sold on his physical prowess. Bradley is a fucking monster, dispatching guards and inmates with hyper violent kills like that of a slasher villain in a horror movie. Arm snapping, head crushing, face smearing, it’s a smorgasbord of people getting decimated.

    Despite…

  • The Magic of Oz

    The Magic of Oz

    ½

    I don’t know what makes this cartoon creepier, the unpleasant and unfinished animation, or the fact that it’s origins are completely unknown. 

    It was discovered by animation historian Jerry Beck back in 2010, when he cited The Magic of Oz as being one of the worst cartoons ever made. Seemingly lost to the depths of time, Beck’s hypothesis dates it back to the early ‘60s but evidently it could’ve been much earlier.

    All of the names attached to this project…

  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    ★★

    This had the potential to reboot, rebrand and revitalize the Saw franchise back into the horror genre.

    Unfortunately Spiral: From the Book of Saw fails miserably in its execution. It’s obvious that an honest attempt was made to try and make this film feel unique, there’s some admittedly interesting new directions taken here for the franchise. Chris Rock’s performance is charismatic enough to carry the sluggish plot from point A to B, and Samuel L. Jackson spouting his textbook “motherfucker-ness”…

  • Deliverance

    Deliverance

    ★★★★½

    Seeking Deliverance through a voyage down a backcountry river, a group of men embark on a canoeing trip that quickly becomes a story of survival, turmoil and trauma. 

    I only just recently discovered Deliverance while doing research for my Just Before Dawn review, where it was cited by director Jeff Lieberman to be the main inspiration. After watching both films, it’s safe to say that Lieberman wore his influences on his sleeve which to be fair, if you’re going to…

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★½

    It felt like I was transcending reality as I watched Fantastic Planet...

    The hallucinatory animation paired with the spellbinding musical score equated to an experience that absolutely hypnotized me... 4.5/5

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    This score is easily one of my all time favourites, and it has inspired some of my favourite musical artists to sample the score from this film in their own music

    Here are…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★★

    Lucio Fulci’s tropical undead nightmare Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombi 2) stands up tall next to the likes of Romero’s “of the Dead” films as being the absolute pinnacles of the genre.

    The calming sun-drenched Caribbean island aesthetic is perfectly contrasted by the phenomenally terrifying practical effects by Giannetto De Rossi. The vibrant colours of the island landscapes along with the tranquil blue ocean is juxtaposed against disgusting maggot riddled corpses coming to gouge your eyes out and tear your throat…