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In a World... - 8/10
12 Years as a slave - 9.5/10
Out of the Furnace - 8/10
Her - 10/10
Blue is the Warmest Color - 9/10
the Wolf of Wall Street - 8/10
Gravity - 5/10
The Pact (2012)
Well-acted, well-made, slow-paced but a fun, gory haunted house film...
I'd probably rate it a 7 or 8 out of 10... not sure honestly. The Pact isn't exactly what I had expected honestly. I thought that it'd be a normal haunted house story, but even with its slow pacing... finishes with some blood splatter and pulls a 180.
I almost gave up on it honestly... but it's another film that is better than many of the theatrically released horror films aside from 'The Cabin in the Woods.' If you like slow burners with really solid acting(yes, Casper Van Dien occasionally pops up in a solid film: Sleepy Hollow, Starship Troopers, the campy Python even), and like the rest of the cast; does a solid job. And his death is expected but takes you by surprise honestly. So check it out if you like films like the Innkeepers or Insidious(but with more gore)and actually involving a mystery.
Good social commentary with actors who all are game...
I'm not sure what to rate this film, because it's not for everyone and I'm still wondering what I thought about it. It's probably a 6.5 to 7 out of 10, but it's a grim, violent(not gory)and mean film.
There is a lot of dark humor at times in odd spots and it felt bizarre. Guy from Mean Creek and Eurotrip deserves better and should be a star by now. Also the main chick from Veronica Mars is super hot. Noah Segan needed a bigger part and Peter Stromare rocked the house as usual but was basically in a mask at all times.
Don't watch if you hate immigration, cause the right wing might be upset with this film. It's pretty hardcore. And I wanted to jam "Scotty Doesn't Know" while watching Eurotrip after watching this so it was an effective horror film.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
Silly, enjoyable mix of noir and cheese...
First of all, this is a lot like Buffy or Special Unit 2 in feel aside from the added old school film noir. It doesn't always work, but the cast is all game. Much of the dialogue is hit or miss, and its tone is sort of odd. It's really a comedy, but with Dylan's character being campy yet old-school hard-boiled type... it's actually off-beat. At times it's awkward and doesn't work, but others it really does if you're not looking for a serious horror film. Dylan, played by Brandon Routh has trouble at times with his attitude, cause the guy doesn't look like he's drunk enough scotch or been double crossed by enough Femme fatales to be so jaded. However; he comes off as likable and sometimes pretty funny. The guy should get more work(even though he was pathetic as Superman.)
It's unfortunate that this film wasn't more successful, because it's definitely open for a fun(and perhaps more tightly written)sequel. But I went in with low expectations. Having never read the comic, maybe I'm not the right guy to critique this movie... but it's definitely cool enough admit liking. It has more violence than Buffy, and isn't too much for any kid to watch. Not as good as a few other PG-13 horror hybrids like the brilliant Gremlins or Monster Squad, but still a good, fun film.
Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011)
Best new show in a while...
I wasn't shocked to see the Absolutely brand at the end(production company behind Tim and Eric.) This has a more straight up feel to it, but is just as funny if not at times, even funnier. Jon Benjamin is brilliant. Best known for his voice work, he's also a guy who has written for some of the funnier shows and people(people he's far funnier than.) You may remember him as Coach McGuirk from Home Movies, Sterling Archer from Archer, and Bob from Bob's Burgers. He's also done some stand-up with friend David Cross. I'm absolutely shocked that the first show was so epic. As Archer would say, it was ninja.
Much like Tim and Eric, this won't be a show for everyone... its humor is insanely creative and offbeat. But it shouldn't be as polarizing as Tim and Eric, but who the hell am I? If I like it, I should get ready for backlash. At this point it has a rating of 2.9 which is absurd. I guess a lot of fans of Two and a Half Men saw the pilot before it was originally aired or just hate anything that's actually different. One sketch which definitely rocked was called "You can't shoot here" and it was about his team shooting where they were not allowed to shoot. While being brilliantly simple, it was still truly creative.
I'd definitely recommend it to fans of Tim and Eric, Man Bites Dog, Wonder Showzen and obviously H. Jon Benjamin.
The Terrys (2011)
Really awesome and profane... not their usual insane, surreal humor.
It pushes the limits in every way imaginable, and I wonder what the reaction from Sundance was. I'm sure most people aren't capable of handling something this ninja. I don't know if you can even consider this a comedy, so if you're a huge fan of Tom Goes to the Mayor and T&EASGJ! you might be disappointed or feel lost. Their sense of humor occasionally leaks out from the insane film that seems halfway intentionally playing out like the documentary High on Crack Street that was on HBO. But this is goofin' on meth...
Oh they have a kid in it who's a puppet boy. He's a ventriloquist dummy, but becomes the Terrys' sun, caretaker, spiritual guide, and much more to me.
So after a really effed up 8 or 9 minutes into their short, it gets sweet, and comes to an abrupt ending that(yes spoilers are coming)... has them dying into the future when they're much older and beside each other. Flatline... tear from puppet boy... and life continues. On top of it all, it actually ends with hope.
So I give this a 10/10... it's as ninja as Burt Reynolds in Deliverance. He did his own stunts! So hardcore.
Hilarious gore-fest that contains satire and hot Asian girls!
I mean if you don't like that, you must have tons of issues. Just like in Tokyo Gore Police, this guy plays with sexuality in a Videodrome-meets early Peter Jackson films way. It's perverse, but not to be taken too seriously. A girl can make a chainsaw come out of her butt, and still finds a way to use it.
I'm a sucker for movies like this, but they're not for everyone. Blood literally rains about 15 times... and the camera shows the blood splatter hitting it. All while parts of the movie make time to pay homage to classics like Videodrome and Cannibal Holocaust. I don't know if I liked this more than Tokyo Gore Police(chick from Audition made that film for me), but it Mutant girls Squad has re-watch value out the ass. The only thing it's missing are the hilarious commercials poking fun at everything wrong about society and are sick to some viewers.
For fans of the absurd, insane films that Hollywood doesn't make, this is the complete package. The main 3 girls are all uber sexy, and show range. Odd when a film that's so silly and over the top with gore that people show actual acting skills. I'll take the 3 lead girls over any of the Hollywood sweethearts any day.
Solid horror flick(though derivative of Dead Birds)
It's still pretty refreshing for a genre that's still holding on to the Saw/Hostel phase pretty firmly. It's not another remake that's PG-13 and made for a quick buck. All in all, I liked Dead Birds better, but this is based on a short film from 2005(and may have been written before Dead Birds came out.) The acting is freaking solid all around, while a few characters make horrible decisions, the writing isn't bad. Don't dismiss it because of its low score, because this is far better than a 4.6. And scarecrows and corn fields always manage to be a good setting(especially when you throw in an old house.) Oh, and it has a few solid jump scares, and not just the throwing a cat out of nowhere style that Carpenter and other greats have talked about. It was nice to have a horror film as a premiere on Sci Fi instead of another Sharktopus film or whatever Sy Fy has. Felt like a throwback to back in 2004-2007 when occasionally the premieres were films you wanted to see.
Odd little, nasty film full of tons of genre cameos...
This film has obviously been considered torture porn, but I somehow don't think it is. The violence is far more amped up than in over-hyped films like Saw and Hostel, but that's not what I dug about it. It includes, Michael Rooker, Tony Todd, Jason Duvall(May, Donnie Darko, and Doom Generation), Jason Connery and the badass Lochlyn Munro. He played Cliff in "Dead Man on Campus" and was the bumbling cop in Freddy Vs. Jason.
Perhaps I'm being far too kind, just because of the fun cast, but this film isn't for everyone. Basically you know if you'll dig it while downing whiskey straight.
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)
Biker chicks, midget wrestlers and monsters... who wouldn't like this?
First and foremost this is a comedy and isn't meant to be taken seriously. A few wannabe Eberts have ripped this film apart but they didn't get it. They obviously would rather watch a Julia Roberts comedy than a horror film and that's okay. This film is much more experimental and goofy than the first. There is some horrible greenscreen but that makes it more fun. The only bad thing is that Jenny Wade doesn't have a bigger part. The score is sometimes bizarre with some awful punk music thrown in but that's part of this film's charm. It's EXACTLY like the trailer says it is. So if you say you loved the trailer and hated Feast II you are lying. This movie is recommended to anyone who likes transgressive violence, splatstick violence, horrible CGI violence or any kind of violence. Any film with Clu Gulager is awesome since he starred in Return of the Living Dead.
Flu Bird Horror (2008)
Brilliant and puzzling foray into the unknown
Leigh Scott has once again surpassed his own greatness with the film "Flu Birds." Shock and awe came over me as I felt sickened, moved and generally terrified while watching this film. The SciFi channel has always been known for greatness(what other station gives us Anacondas 3 and Lochness Monster?) but this film was different. It's as though Leigh Scott channeled Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock when making this. It also plays mind games with you as Nolan did in his great film "Memento" but it's a little more subtle than that. At the 70 minute mark, you will ask yourself if you can handle this anymore? I honestly think that I wet myself a little. Well, Leigh Scott does what he's known for best once again and pulls the carpet from under you. You will question the laws of Earth and wonder if gravity is real? I'm no solipsist but the dread that sat in after Scott played the part of puppet master once again just had me needing a Xanax. I don't smoke but I felt like it. I had cold sweats and thought I was coming down with something. Did you ever see "Ringu?" Well, this film is the real version of that. I am honestly psyched for Scott's upcoming film which will be him tackling another transgressive mind H.P. Lovecraft. Fear not folks, you thought Stuart Gordon could make a great Lovecraft adaption but the truth is coming! The man behind such brilliance as "Transmorphers" and "The Beast of Bray Road" is now tackling Lovecraft!!! Hell yeah!
Satire can be lost on so many people.