Hunter has written 18 reviews for films rated .

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    You'd think Patrick Stewart would be an interesting choice to play Ebenezer Scrooge. Unfortunately, he gives one of the worst turns as the character on film I've seen. The film opens interestingly enough with the funeral of Jacob Marley (Bernard Lloyd). Scrooge's offices are stark and sparse, and Richard E. Grant is brilliant as Bob Cratchit, as is Dominic West as Scrooge's nephew, Fred. The bright spots end there. Most of the scenes in the movie wear out their welcome…

  • Dark August

    Dark August

    There are lots genre films from the seventies that throw some occult gibberish, devil stuff, and new age symbols at you, in hopes that you'll think it's far out and groovy, man. "Dark August" is one of those movies. It's about a denim-clad New Yorker who invades Vermont, and gets a hex put on him by an old man who is angry that denim-man ran over his granddaughter, presumably while blaring some Bruce Springsteen from his jeep. He's followed by…

  • The Child

    The Child

    "The Bad Seed" meets "Night of the Living Dead". "The Child" should be great. It has a spooky look, a rural setting, moody lighting, disorienting editing, almost everything you could want in a seventies horror gem. The problem is the dreadful score by Rob Wallace. This is a rare example of a movie completely ruined by awful sound and music, but I can deal with bad ADR, I watch Italian movies all the time. The score is what really kills…

  • Gamera: Super Monster

    Gamera: Super Monster

    It's being generous to even call "Gamera: Super Monster" a movie at all. It feels like the sort of movie Albert Pyun would slap together if he was given the Gamera property, ten dollars, and some bubblegum and popsicle sticks. "Super Monster" isn't really a new Gamera movie, it would more accurately be described as Gamera's greatest hits with a thin new story tying all the old fights together. We get to see every fight Gamera has had up to…

  • Space Cop

    Space Cop

    "Space Cop" is one I want to like, but intentionally bad send-ups of B-movies are never good. Silly genre movies that go for the gold are entertaining enough on their own. Combine that with a sci-fi cop movie, and you have something very sleepy and tired. "Space Cop" is unworthy of the talents of Red Letter Media, who are a genuinely funny group of guys providing one of the few pockets of sanity in film culture discussion and criticism on…

  • Valentino

    Valentino

    An unwatchable biopic of Rudolph Valentino, the legendary silent screen heartthrob who was as hated by men as he was adored by longing female moviegoers. Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is brilliantly cast as Valentino, but that's where the movie's strengths end. Director Ken Russell only seems interested in smearing feces on Valentino's legacy, like a jealous husband raging at the fact that his starry-eyed spouse just came home from seeing "The Sheik". Like "Citizen Kane", the film begins with Valentino's…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    I guess this is what passes for good art-house genre cinema these days. "Mandy" is getting critical acclaim out the wazoo, but I was bored stiff watching it. Panos Cosmatos makes Dario Argento look like Michael Curtiz when it comes to putting style over substance. The VHS fuzz, King Crimson tracks, and candy-colored palette are neat, but the plot and characters are practically non-existent. I typically value atmosphere over script in the sleazier slums of genre cinema, but "Mandy" is…

  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    The touted "director's cut" of "Exorcist III" the Shout Blu-ray is no doubt a big selling-point for fans, however calling this cobbled-together, big fat maybe of a movie a "director's preferred version" speaks poorly of William Peter Blatty. The theatrical cut is the superior version, and the alternate scenes and takes lack any dramatic weight. For die-hard fans who love disappointment only.

  • Two for Texas

    Two for Texas

    Most of the movies I've seen dealing with the fertile ground of Texas history on television feel like wasted opportunities, and "Two for Texas" is no exception. Films dealing with history in which the characters pause to reflect on the great historical weight of the events about to unfold commit an unforgivable sin, one of which this film is quite guilty. Kris Kristofferson is the only bright spot, but that guy doesn't have to do much outside of showing up to add some much-needed spice to an otherwise-dull movie.

  • There's Always Vanilla

    There's Always Vanilla

    George Romero's sophomore slump, a terrible follow-up to a groundbreaking classic debut. The awful title, "There's Always Vanilla", is an indicator of the quality, it's a name as repellant as "Night of the Living Dead" is compelling. The movie has the aesthetic of seventies pornography, and ill-advised experimentation in editing and storytelling that dates it just as poorly. Hippie rom-coms aren't Romero's bag, man.

  • Hostiles

    Hostiles

    One of the most insufferable westerns I have ever subjected myself to, it's bursting at the gills with everything that's annoying and pedantic about the genre today. Christian Bale miserably glares and mumbles his way through his lines, every monologue a variation on Jack Nicholson's "man-on-the-wall" speech from "A Few Good Men", while Wes Studi does his best Kaw-Liga impersonation. The less said about Rosamund Pike's performance, the better. Characters speak in the platitudes history textbooks glaze the Indian Wars…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've long maintained that there are only two great "Star Wars" movies: The original, and "The Empire Strikes Back". The rest of the films range from "meh" to "pretty good." Whenever a new "Star Wars" movie comes out, it has its ardent defenders and detractors, but the reason we all keep coming back is that there is usually SOMETHING in the movie that gives us that warm fuzzy feeling we got watching "Star Wars" as kids (if you didn't grow…