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  • Demons 2

    Demons 2

    ★½

    26/100

    This is why 3D viewing experiences are bad. Simultaneously aping off of its predecessor and Cronenberg's Shivers and Videodrome, Demons 2 is the lackluster sequel to Bava's previous demonic zombie fest featuring sharp-toothed, rotting fiends rampaging through a locked down movie theater. This time the domicile of death is a 10-story apartment high-rise (à la Shivers) where the demons enter the apartment through a television set (Videodrome). Repeats the same beats of the previous film: delinquent teens joyriding through…

  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    19/100

    Quite the interlude between my viewing of Part VI and this, the seventh entry in the often unimaginative horror series. Presumptively believed VI to be the peak of the franchise, and any continuance into the slasher saga would only result in unpleasant returns—so far, this is the case. The first five movies resided in the lowlands of my liking, often becoming repetitious slogs with a company of some of the most reprehensible characters that would only inspire joy when…

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  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    21/100

    Inexorably dull, however, the biggest travesty the film commits (furthermore, to the franchise it wishes to build, this Dark Universe) is in rendering the classic horror movies of old into action films, and as is the case for Kurtzman's The Mummy, there is not even a sliver of horror present here. What is present is horrible dialogue; each utterance is accompanied by either cringe-inducing attempts at humor, shoddy, frequent exposition, or half-witted endeavors to build character (and that from…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    85/100*

    A brief review for now, I believe:

    If the Academy has any sense of justice left, they must finally award Roger Deakins with a now extremely overdue Oscar because the cinematography of this film is spellbindingly fantastic. In fact, Blade Runner 2049—the latest by one of the great modern directors, Denis Villeneuve—is a masterclass in audiovisual presentation: the neons of its predecessor are once again showcased, large advert holograms adorn the side of bleak skyscrapers; the score by Wallfish…