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  • The Facility

    The Facility

    ★★

    An easy and simplistic idea to terrify an audience. BigPharma testing on people with horrible side effects. I mean, you can watch any commercial on Lifetime and get frightened and nauseated by the list of side effects that the drugs will cause -- and those are the drugs that are APPROVED.

    However, the film can't quite sink its teeth into what is terrifying about this situation. Basically, you have people in pain because of the drugs and they act out…

  • The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

    The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

    ★★

    Just ridiculous...

    an additional half-star for somehow getting Boris Karloff for a day.

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  • Sanjay's Super Team

    Sanjay's Super Team

    ★★★★½

    Wonderfully simple story and so heartfelt. A story about a generational and cultural divide, bridged to make a new, reconciled whole.

    Pixar is always top notch in every category. Animation, art direction, lighting, and effects. But most of all, story. And this short is no different.

    I was able to catch this at SIGGRAPH here in 2015 during a Renderman presentation. As a story on top of the story, it was said that Sanjay's directorial debut came after 20 years…

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation

    ★★★★★

    No one can truly understand the experience of civil war in Africa unless one was there. Beasts of No Nation could be closest we may ever come, and indeed would want to come to it.

    Director/Producer/Cinematographer Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective Season 1) carries us through the story on the shoulders of young Agu, who loses his family during a civil war and ends up with a band of rebels/freedom fighters who end up being as atrocious as the…