• Body Bags

    Body Bags

    90's anthology with and by John Carpenter and others. It's fine but never great. Fun cameos, a few bloody effects but the stories aren't incredible and it feels like what it is: a straight to TV "fun for a few laughs" 90's production. Glad to finally have it knocked off my Watchlist though, you can even find it on YouTube.

  • Clueless

    Clueless

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

    Watched over half of this in bleak mode where Silverstone's face looked like she was sickly, until I realized the Netflix app was forcing Dolby Vision, turned that off and things looked decidedly more colorful and 90's, lol.

    Finally watched this glaring miss in my 90's upbringing. It's like so 1995 (and very proto-Mean Girls, but from Regina's perspective lol), including:

    • grunge still being the cool look
    • watching Beavis and Butt-Head and Ren & Stimpy on a big CRT…

  • Dark Glasses

    Dark Glasses

    Dario Argento finally made a thriller again, and not that..God-awful crime against cinema Dracula 3D, lol.

    A prostitute is blinded and targeted by a killer, but joins up with a child to try to survive.

    Sounds familiar huh? Yeah, this is pretty much a wink and nod at his previous films, mainly The Cat O'Nine Tails, but it also has details reminiscent of Suspiria and Tenebrae. While I never felt this was truly awful, it was also never great, Dario…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    I love a good Baz Luhrmann movie but someone needs to slap the budget out his hands sometimes, haha.

    This Elvis biopic, told through the eyes of his strange and nefarious business manager Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks), is a dizzying montage of endless flash, cameras twirling and tilting and CGI overlays and flashing lights and comic book panels and splitscreens and rap music and just.. it's like being inside the world's most gorgeous dryer set to high spin. Staggering in…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★★

    Comanche version (under Disney+ Bonus Features tab).

    There are exactly two things I dislike about Prey, in particular this Comanche version:

    1. The "we are tough men and you're a woman and can't hang with us" stuff. A little on the nose and out of place. Writing strong women doesn't necessitate writing stupid men. Small thing but it's there.

    2. That it is an American English production which was dubbed into a special Comanche language version. It should be the…

  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

    Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

    I watched this entire movie yesterday and forgot to review it.

    It's good. Post-apocalyptic (but still fun for the family) type stuff, but the animation is a bit "silly" (like, constantly) and the ending is exceptionally close to the original The Avengers movie.

    That's about it. Nice way to kill a little time.

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★½

    Finally watched this with my brother, had the Disney+ version so we had the full Dolby Vision experience, Atmos was downsampled but still sounded great (pulled out two speakers and the big old subwoofer).

    This was everything I wanted. Best Predator movie in the entire franchise for me, hands down. It's grounded, patient and brilliantly conceived: simply set in the 18th century in the Comanche nation, where the first ever Yautja lands and comes across the young hunter in training…

  • Men

    Men

    Warning: this review may contain bursts of uncontrolled late night sarcasm.

    I'm not watching Prey until tomorrow (promised my brother we would watch it together, that was a tough one!), but catching up on a few I've wanted to see between episodes of The Sandman. This is unfortunately Alex Garland's first misfire, but oh boy what a misfire it is. Or should I say oh man?

    A woman wrought with emotions over her ex's death comes to a cottage in…

  • Thriller: A Cruel Picture

    Thriller: A Cruel Picture

    ★★★½

    Finally watched the Vinegar Syndrome 4K edition of this, beautifully done with massive 16mm grain all over. It's a few seconds longer than previous editions (the female client just leaves Madeleine lying naked as she prepares), and while it's not perfect, there's a very small amount of hairs, scratches or debris overall. The DTS-HD mono track is also clearer than ever, especially those horrible grating noises in the score in the adult scenes.

    Is this some landmark of cinema? No,…

  • Scoob!

    Scoob!

    One of the movies WB recently axed along with the likes of Batgirl was a sequel to this, and it was very close to being fully completed as well. Figured I'd finally bite the bullet on HBO Max to see if we lost anything decent.

    In my humble opinion, no. 😂 Not even a little bit.

    There's a moment in Scoob! early on, after the obligatory schmaltzy "we met as kids" scenes (what's up with that trend lately?), when a…

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★½

    Pat Carroll passed away recently, overshadowed by the death of the great Nichelle Nichols, so I was reminded to continue my Disney 4K viewing.

    Here's the honest truth: this looks good but it's never amazing. I think this was originally a 2K scan, and as with the rest there's a ton of DNR, plus the HDR isn't much to write home about either (a few moments like Poor Unfortunate Souls look a tad better, but that's about it). I think…

  • Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    ★★★★

    A three-part Netflix documentary series about the catastrophic Woodstock '99 concert, which turned completely destructive and chaotic and was the antithesis of the hippie love celebration of the legendary concert thirty years earlier.

    It's really interesting to see the powder keg this was, and above all I think it's a really great time capsule of growing up in the 90's. I was 12 at the time, and you could feel things shifting growing up, almost in the air: the 90's…