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  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★★½

    An underwater sci-fi creature feature theatrical release? Sign me up!

    The above description is exactly what I expected and wanted from "Underwater", thankfully it mostly delivers on the promise. The bulk of the praise should definitely go to the practical effects and general mood and design of all the underwater environments. The film will be a treat for anyone who loved the deep-sea mining facilities in classics like "The Abyss" or "Leviathan".

    The cast are enjoyable with Kristen Stewart and…

  • Red Army

    Red Army

    ★★★★

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the current NHL season dead in its tracks I decided to revisit this hockey documentary.

    I watched it once on a flight before and remembered it to be an entertaining and educational watch dealing as much with the sport of hockey as well as with a lot of political, behind-the-scenes aspects of the Soviet Era. Glad to say that the film holds up.

    Of course "Red Army" will be enjoyed the most by either hockey…

  • Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

    Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

    ★★★½

    After watching the whole series, I can say that for me Tremors 6 is to part 5 what Tremors 4 is to part 3. The filmmakers took the same approach to fixing the flaws of the previous entry and the result is a film that I see as a definite improvement.

    The screentime for different kinds of Graboids is balanced better. The visual style is more on point. Jamie Kennedy and the supporting cast (one of them is the daughter…

  • Tremors 5: Bloodlines

    Tremors 5: Bloodlines

    ★★★

    After an 11 year break the Tremors franchise is back under new management, but with the same star in the lead. The results are mixed, but there's still more good to it than bad.

    The visual style, cinematography and design of the Graboids are all updated for the 2010s and the trends of the time. The film is more in-your-face with it's humor and plot delivery. Lots of fast cuts, aggressive camera work and a scarier and more menacing version…

  • Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

    Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

    ★★★½

    In an unsurprising turn of events I still think the 4th film in the Tremors franchise is a substantial improvement on the 3rd one and pretty much returns the series to its glory days.

    The creative team took 3 huge gambles here and each paid off beautifully -

    1. The film is a prequel set in 1889. So, no more exploding remote controlled toy cars, Graboid radar or high-tech rifles. Low-tech Wild West fun galore!

    2. Michael Gross (more awesome,…

  • Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

    Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

    ★★★

    The third Tremors film does suffer a visible drop in quality compared to the first two, but there's still a lot to enjoy here.

    The main attraction at this point becomes the performance of Michael Gross as Burt Gummer, the gung-ho weapon enthusiast always willing to give his all in the fight against those nasty Graboids. Gross truly keeps improving in this role, if only the supporting cast were up to his level of dedication.

    Unfortunately, the side characters are…

  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    ★★★★

    The second film in the franchise suffers from the lack of Kevin Bacon and a slightly repetitive vibe in the first third. Still it is a great sequel that throws in plenty of entertaining and creative ways to have fun with Graboids including an evolution into their 2nd form.

    Fred Ward is still very enjoyable in the role of Earl Bassett and leads the movie effortlessly with a supporting cast that doesn't disappoint either. Obviously the real star of the…

  • Tremors

    Tremors

    ★★★★★

    A longtime favorite of mine, "Tremors" is one of the films, including other classics like "Evil Dead 2" and "The Re-Animator", I consider to be a perfect blend of comedy and horror.

    Very down to earth (pardon the pun) and with an excellent cast led by Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, the film entertains on all levels with an assortment of creative setpieces, jumpscares, practical effects gags and memorable dialogue. The fact that it's one of the last purely non-CGI…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    Not having seen either "Sherlock" or their take on "Doctor Who" I had no expectations or any sort of notion of what to expect from a Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss take on the most classic of bloodsucker tales. And after watching the 3 episodes over 3 nights I came away pleasantly surprised and most definitely properly entertained.

    I'm guessing their motto before starting to write this show was to subvert each and every expectation and turn upside down all…

  • Limitless

    Limitless

    ★★

    Even my not insubstantial liking of Bradley Cooper and especially Robert De Niro couldn't help keep my attention focused during most of the runtime of this 2011 thriller about drug-induced superpowers.

    The beginning was promising, but soon the film started filling up with unlikable characters doing dubious things motivated by questionable intentions. Stereotypical Russian thugs included, obviously. I couldn't figure out who I was supposed to root for and what was the moral of this story. The ending was a…

  • Spenser Confidential

    Spenser Confidential

    ★★★½

    Following in the tradition of "The Last Boy Scout", "Lethal Weapon" or even Wahlberg's own "Four Brothers" the latest collaboration between Peter Berg and Marky Mark is a competent blue collar buddy cop action flick with enough humor and feel good vibes to fill a Saturday afternoon.

    It absolutely doesn't bring anything even remotely original to the table, but what's here is as old school as it gets and should go down nicely as a decent helping of comfort food…

  • Meeting Gorbachev

    Meeting Gorbachev

    ★★★★

    Judging by the title of this documentary I thought it'll be simply a series of interviews/conversations between Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, but as a matter of fact it has plenty of other people talking about the contributions of the last leader of the Soviet Union interspersed with period footage of the events described.

    Of course the centerpiece is the titular meeting of the minds which leads to a fascinating dialogue about Gorbachev's achievements and views on world politics. The…