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  • Death Note

    Death Note

    ½

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

    I've never seen the anime or read the manga but always found the premise interesting. Plus Adam Wingard? You're Next and The Guest were both a good time. But, man, this movie just stinks. The pacing is so skewed, even without knowing the source material, you can tell they're trying to jam way too much plot into one 100-minute film.
    In regards to the ending, I fundamentally don't understand why Light did any of the things he did. Why not…

  • The Room

    The Room

    An unfettered look into the strange mind of Tommy Wiseau. He seems to have picked up on various aspects of filmmaking, but really isn't quite sure how to deploy them. The establishing shots of locations that no scenes take place in stands out as the most obvious example.
    The film's label as the "worst movie ever" couldn't be farther from the truth. It may be ineptly made, but it is very funny, even if not intentionally so. The worst movie ever made would have to be boring, and this certainly is not.

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  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★½

    Film #2 of my Horror Marathon

    Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…

  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★½

    Film #3 of my Horror Marathon

    I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…