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Brian has written 10 reviews for films during 2016.

  • The Quest

    The Quest

    ★★½

    This is where JCVD started to lose me.

    *sigh* There really isn't a lot to be said. Anyone that has seen this movie quickly realized that it's a more polished but toned down Bloodsport (not as much violence) that fails to generate any real intensity. The most amusing thing about the film is Roger Moore's performance (and I'm not a big fan of him at all) and that is about it.

    I suppose that it's watchable, but its easy to…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    I believe this is the first time I've ever seen it. I bought the 2 disc version last week from Amazon and it has both the colored and the B&W version. I made sure to watch the B&W version and I really regret putting it off for so long. I figured it would be too cheesy and sentimental, but it is dark at times and the ending is great. Sure, Stewart is great at doing his aww shucks thing, but…

  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★½

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

    Predator has always been a favorite. I first saw it in late 1987 when it hit VHS. My older brother bought it and some of his friends and I watched it that very night. I was only 6, but I remember enjoying it even at that young age.

    It still holds up as one the best action films nearly 30 years later. But is it really an action film, or is it horror? I've kind of gone back and forth…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Yeah... I made the mistake of finally watching this one.

    I'm going to say that the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is probably the best horror franchise. The best in the series (The original and Dream Warriors) are some of the best horror movies ever. Even the lesser entries (with the exception of Freddy's Dead and the remake) usually have some interesting things going on in them.

    The remake is mostly a failure. Having watched it, I can see how…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★½

    This is one of those movies where you don't want to say too much because it might spoil the film for those that haven't seen it.

    I'll just say that I don't see how this is a sequel to the 2008 Cloverfield. However, The performances are great, but the twists and turns are not all that surprising. But it really doesn't ruin in the film as the Claustrophobia is still strong with this one. It's a solid thriller, but I…

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★½

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

    Boy, they don't make them like this anymore. The movie seems to have a simple plot:

    A magazine photographer, housebound on account of a broken leg, becomes voyeur to the apartment building facing his rear window for lack of anything to do. Soon, he draws his visiting girlfriend in on the thrill and eventually they witness a murder in progress that gets them into hot water.

    The plot is simple, and the suspense still works in places even though the…

  • Sweet Home Alabama

    Sweet Home Alabama

    ★½

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

    Pure shit.

    Renee is the country girl that went North for a big career in New York City only to return home to finalize a divorce from her hick husband from her youth. Naturally, the hick doesn't take so kindly to his wife marrying a Yankee. Only she figures out that you can take the girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl.

    For the next hour we get a movie that goes…

  • The Big Country

    The Big Country

    ★★★★

    Epic western that stars Gregory Peck as an easterner that moves west to marry his bratty wife. He ends up walking in the middle of a feud about water rights that is being fought between rich rancher Maj. Henry Terrill (Charles Bickford) and mean as a snake Rufus Hannassey (Burl Ives). Charlton Heston supports as the foreman that also wants the bratty daughter of Henry Terrill.

    The feelings of the characters are pretty transparent from early on, but it's still…

  • Burnt Offerings

    Burnt Offerings

    ★★★½

    Man... Stephen King really took from this novel/film when he wrote The Shining.

    Burnt Offerings is the story of a family (Oliver Reed as the Father and Karen Black as the wife) that rents a big old house for the summer. Creepy things happen and the house seems to suck the life out of the family.

    The material will come off as very cliche in 2016. The pacing is very methodical, and the twists are not all that hard to…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★

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

    Mixed bag.

    The film is basically The Hills Have Eyes in a western setting. The cast is really good for such a low budget movie. How did they get guys like Russell, Jenkins and Matthew Fox with such a low budget? It was nice seeing Sid Haig here, and David Arquette is surprising good in his role. Westerns often have offbeat characters with a goofball charm and so I guess that is why Arquette actually works.

    Anyway, the film is…