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  • The Day Time Ended

    The Day Time Ended

    ★½

    Jon "Bud" Carlos, who weirdly I have logged three of his films, is a director who loves a high concept. KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, THE DARK and now THE DAY TIME ENDED all have intriguing ideas but the utter lack of competence in the filmmaking tend to undermine the ambitions.
    A family in the middle of the Arizona desert begin having strange things happen to them after seeing strange lights in the sky. The premise sounds straight forward but we…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★½

    As I watched this film I had a feeling of both satisfied and horribly let down at the same time. It is a risk to judge a movie by your own expectations going in, but this had a classic set up that does not pay off in any meaningful way. Throw in the fact that it is easy to see the finale coming way too early and my feeling was justified.
    A women is left in a cabin in the…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    I love David Fincher's work. He has a distinct vision and style that is right up my alley. Some say it is pandering, playing up the obvious tropes; the dark, sickly lighting, the unpleasant look at the so-called normal life. But, man, I love it.
    I have noticed a trend in Fincher's work. A strong release followed by a lesser, but still solid, film. Seven>The Game, Fight Club>Panic Room, Zodiac>Benjamin Button, Social Network>Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Now we are up…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    I was really pleased to see all the great reviews coming in from everywhere about this film. A big Mad Max fan from way back, I was excited but a little nervous about how they would make this work. I have seen too many updates of my past go down in mediocrity. The previews were promising, but still carried the vibe that the movie was going to be amazing or an absolute failure.
    The movie is great! Miller has re-engineered…