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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Yeah, I kind of dug this. I won't lie.

    Joker didn't initially end up on my radar, but the premise sounded intriguing enough. A completely standalone film based around Bruce Wayne'ss arch-nemesis, that is unconnected to any "cinematic universe". of course, the mostly positive (but still ultimately divisive) reactions here persuaded me to drop the ball and see what the fuss is all about.

    Set against the backdrop of a depressing, crime-ridden Gotham City in the early 1980s, Arthur Fleck…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

    After a good hiatus, consider this me officially back for good, at least until I get burned out again (which hopefully shouldn’t be for some time).

    Before I go and finally see Joker on Sunday, I felt the need to revisit some classic Scorsese, including what is a true American classic. Funnily enough, this is only my second time having watched Taxi Driver, despite the admiration I hold for it, and I can firmly say this one is still as…

  • RoboCop 3

    RoboCop 3

    ★★½

    After a rather middling second instalment, the RoboCop trilogy ends not with a bang, but with a whimper, but some will question if RoboCop needed to become a trilogy in the first place. In retrospect, RoboCop 3, is not as poor as I previously remembered, even if it is by far the weakest entry in the series (though some consider 2 worse).

    This time, it's RoboCop vs. the OCP, as the tyrannical organisation is bent on destroying much of the…

  • RoboCop 2

    RoboCop 2

    ★★★

    I'm taking a short hiatus at the moment, but believe me, that should be gone within due time. For now, here's an old guilty pleasure of mine.

    As far as sequels go, I more or less always considered RoboCop 2 to be one that was a little better than it's reputation suggests, but I think I'd have to double-down on that thought after watching it. That's not to say this follow-up doesn't have a few moments of greatness, but without…

  • Criminally Insane 2

    Criminally Insane 2

    "Never come between Ethel and a well-stocked refrigerator!" cautions the tagline on the VHS cover. After seeing this, I don't think I'd fucking want to.

    But seriously tho, this is was pretty goddamn terrible. Of course, I didn't really expect any less from a shot-on-video sequel to a film where a fat woman kills people who try to stop her from eating too much. As so happens much too often however, my curiosity sadly overcomes me once again.

    From what…

  • Ring of Terror

    Ring of Terror

    ½

    The 50s and 60s had more than their fair share of Z-grade horror schlock. However, this one is utter tosh even by those standards. Christ, what a dreary, depressing bore of a movie this is. A movie so brutally and pointlessly inept that it leaves you feeling scorn for everyone involved. Imagine an Ed Wood film none of the charm or fun, and you'd probably end up with this.

    In this so-called "horror" movie, a young medical student named Lewis…

  • Warrior of the Lost World

    Warrior of the Lost World

    ★★

    So Hoop-Tober is done and dusted. As a result I'm naturally feeling somewhat burned out, so I'll be taking a break fro watching films for a week or so. In the meantime, I felt I'd go back in the year and write up about some previously unreviewed films, including a couple of MST3K classics.

    From Italy comes this el-cheapo knockoff of Mad Max. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, an unnamed warrior roams around the desolate wasteland on his computerised, searching…

  • Grindhouse

    Grindhouse

    ★★★★

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
    Grindhouse (2007)

    I figured instead of doing the two films from this seperately, I'd review the entire thing as one. Buckle up, this is gonna be a long one.

    What better way to send off Hoop-Tober was with a personal favourite that I haven't seen in years? From being my first ever Blu-ray purchase, I've always had a very soft spot for Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's tribute to the B-movies of old. A…

  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★½

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
    Zombieland #2
    Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

    10 years later, Zombieland is back for another round. One must why it took them the hell so much. Using much of the same cast and crew as the original (including director Ruben Fleischer), Double Tap continues the same witty charm and gory carnage as the original while attempting to up the ante in some aspects.

    Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and a now grown up Little Rock are residing happily…

  • Zombieland

    Zombieland

    ★★★★

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
    Zombieland #1
    Zombieland (2009)

    As Hoop-Tober nears it’s end, I wanted to include some fast-paced and easy-going fun, and while this sadly came at the cost of two slots, I think I can say the sacrifice was worth it.

    Surprisingly, Zombieland is a film that's passed minor interest of mine over the years, but I'd never actually seen it before. With its sequel having been recently released, I figured why not give both films a…

  • Severance

    Severance

    ★★★½

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
    Severance (2006)

    From Christopher Smith comes Severance, a wildly strange and offbeat Brit horror-comedy that (as many have pointed out) The Office combined with a gory slasher film, which is a combo that works a little better than you'd expect.

    As part of a "team-building" exercise, a group of salespeople have taken a weekend away from their usual boring office jobs to spend some time at a lodge in the remote mountains of Hungary. Consisting…

  • Slither

    Slither

    ★★★½

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 6.0 Challenge
    Slither (2006)

    This directional debut of James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) has been a watchlist addition of mine for a good while now. Similar in vein to films like The Blob, Squirm, The Thing, and countless others, Slither is a comedic throwback to 70s and 80s sci-fi/body-horror flicks, with plenty of slime, blood, guts and Southern drawl to boot.

    A meteorite from spaces crashes into the town of Wheelsy, a small South Carolina town…