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  • The Omen

    The Omen

    ★★★★

    There's just something about the look and the atmosphere of these 1970's films. I don't think it's anything nostalgic for me but everything seems so real. There's no computer effects or CGI and when the nanny jumps out of the window or when Katherine falls (twice!), it just feels like it could have happened. The deaths are horrific, not gory, but terrible. One of the things that sells them is the shock of the onlookers. My recollection is that at…

  • Lights Out

    Lights Out

    ★½

    Another movie with nothing but jump scares. This doesn't even come close to the three minute short that it's based on. It's not scary and the origin of the ghostly "Diana" was incredibly lame. The boy who plays the son is awful but I'm giving an extra half star because Teresa Palmer does a good job of acting terrified.

  • Dreamcatcher

    Dreamcatcher

    ★★½

    This movie is absolutely nuts. I'm not sure what's more goofball, aliens that employ eels with big teeth that gestate in a victim stomach and exit out their ass or believing that four males talk to each other the way these characters do. Honestly, they chat like they're at a baby shower where too much wine is served. Infected victims are easily identified because they fart a lot just before they birth eels. Pretty common.

    The distinguished Morgan Freeman is…

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    ★★★

    "Elvira" is a fun movie. Cassandra Peterson has a real talent for comedy. The actors playing the other characters could have been anyone. Nothing about them stands out. Overall, no one should be surprised that this is about anything other than Elvira's cleavage.

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★★

    "A Cure for Wellness" was quite a surprise. It's a great looking Horror movie that fits into the mad scientist sub-genre. It felt like a tip of the hat to movies like "Frankenstein" and "The Shining" and plays a lot like the more recent "Shutter Island". Even though I just name-dropped a few similar films, this is a pretty original movie given all of current cinema's remakes, sequels, prequels, etc.

  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    "It" didn't scare me and I wanted it to. I probably watch too much Horror and with the creepy clown craze winding down (hopefully along with zombies), the impact just wasn't there. The kids in "The Losers Club" were entertaining and the camaraderie was sweet, especially given the parental problems many of them had. The opening scene with Pennywise in the storm drain was gold. Very creepy and suspenseful. A few other scenes like the slide show and the bloody…

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★

    Yep. This is a lot like "Alien". I'll get that out of the way because that's what nearly everyone says about this movie. It's an easy comparison.

    This is a solid, great looking space Horror. It's got star power and some terrific CGI. Actually, it could've used a little less of that star power. I never believed that Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson were anything other than famous actors playing their parts. They never felt like actual astronauts.…

  • The White Buffalo

    The White Buffalo

    ★★★½

    When I noticed that the buffalo effect was mounted on rails like a train, I started to love this movie. The white buffalo is almost always shown charging toward the camera and it really gives an intimidating look to the monster. The effect was the highlight of the movie. Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, and Will Sampson are all tough bastards too, but that white buffalo was a terror. It attacks a Native-American village, killing indescriminately...even children. Later, the beast faces…

  • Strange Brew

    Strange Brew

    ★★★★½

    Beer, donuts, a dog named Hosehead, and Max Von Sydow with fake teeth. I mean...what's not to like?!?

    This is stupid, mostly ad-libbed comedy that really makes me laugh. Bob and Doug McKenzie are two endearing characters that I wish I could hang out with.

  • The French Connection

    The French Connection

    ★★★★

    This was my first watch of "The French Connection". It wasn't entirely what I expected. It was less grand than I anticipated as it focused on a drug deal and a pair of cops fighting for respectability.

    Gene Hackman absolutely owns this film. His character "Popeye" Doyle is a powder keg and an extremely driven individual. Roy Schieder's "Cloudy" Russo isn't as front and center but is vital to controlling Popeye's violence.

    William Friedkin directs this. I don't know if…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★

    I own every single Godzilla movie. Once you start collecting, especially when there are 30+ movies in the series, there's an OCD element to purchasing every one as it's released. But in the case of "Shin Godzilla", I'm tempted not to expand my Big-G collection.

    I'm not an expert on Japan's culture or its politics, but yeah...after watching this, Japan's government is a bureaucratic mess. Got it. Statement made.

    The first hour of "Shin Godzilla" is pretty good. The endless…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★½

    The first time I saw this years ago I remember being thoroughly confused. Or perhaps I was disgusted by the horrific crime committed by one of the characters and purged it from memory. But finally, I watched it for a second time and the story did come together for me. I'm happy that I understand it now, but it still puts me off.

    It's not the acting or direction. Those two items are excellent. This also looks great somehow, even…