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This is a hit or miss for the viewer
My quick rating - 4,7/10. I don't know. A movie that has the "good" and the "bad" reaching so far extremes makes rating ti difficult. First off, handicam movies are not a novelty anymore, and I am sick of MOST of them. Yes there are some good ones, "Chronicle" reached the plateau, but most of them think it is still something new. Bad news it is not. At least the story of this movie warranted it being used, though which is a lot more than I can say for "Phoenix Forgotten" Ok, I should stick with this movie. The acting is above average for sure. Mark Duplass does a great job of making the dialogue and facial expressions creepy, yet so believable. His character is almost unnerving in how it seems like the everyday guy you see at the grocery store. Also Patrick Brice as the one who answers the ad for a single day job of videotaping this guy for a $1000 bucks does a really good job with adapting to the strangeness of what is going on. Oh, and since those two also wrote this, I am sure it kind of flowed for them as to what they were thinking as they wrote the story. Get used to those two, they are the only characters in the movie (minus a female voice on the phone). Yet they carried out the story well. The bad news is, there wasn't much to the story and if you read other reviews, don't expect some smack in the face ending. I'd say check it out for the acting but don't expect much beyond that.
Amityville: The Awakening (2017)
Just another Amityville flick, but better than the recent flops
My quick rating 4,6/10. Well by far better than the drivel they have been attaching to the original. The story is not bad, seems to deviate a bit from what world they have created. I found amusement in the kids watching "Amityville Horror" on DVD in the movie (not really a spoiler). Jennifer Jason Leigh does just fine in her role as the mother and Bella Thorne basically walks around for most of the movie with a dumb look on her face. There were some good scares, as you would expect from a haunted house movie and does justice to the original, but I cannot figure out for the life of me what the big hold up was since this movie was complete for a release in 2012 (so it was most likely finished in 2011). In that time there have been 8 movies tied to the Amityville House along with the countless short films. So the studio is wondering why no one cared about this movie anymore? Overall, just a run of the mill haunted house flick. Don't really need to know more than that, and nothing is going to surprise you or make it worth your while to go out and find. It has its score because it isn't bad it isn't good, just there.
Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)
Check reality at the door, just another decent fighting movie
My quick rating - 5,0/10. Ok, I will admit I like these types of movies, regardless of how unbelievable they are (without spoiler, this one goes over the top). The story is the typical "I am not going to XXXX, anymore" Fill in the X with fight, crime, kill, whore yourself out, among other things to make the story of stopping something only to be forced back into it. In this case, tournament fighting. Well, there it is. The secondary characters of Mike Tyson and Christopher Lambert actually were used well. And then there is Jean Claude Van-Johnson....if you get that joke, you want to see this movie, if not, you probably aren't interested. The fight scenes are done quite well and are not filmed in hyper edit mode which seems to be the norm these days. Realistically, this movie should score below a 5, but the reason it should be lower is the reason I gave it 5. Once you see the movie, you will know just why when you roll your eyes and say "how stupid is that" Well that is what I did, and for a movie to actually get that reaction out of me, bonus points. Funny, just noticed, IMDB has it at a 5.0 as well lol.
Death Note (2017)
Hard not to compare to the reason the original is good
My quick rating - 3,2/10. Try as I could, it was hard not to compare this to the source material. But taking that out of the equation, this really just wasn't very good. The concept is very solid, but it has been for over a decade, and has been done better. The actors in this do a really poor job, aside from the spot on perfect voice for Ryuk. Willem Dafoe is always money in the bank, but considering his CGI presence and infrequent usage, that won't help this mess. The whole movie seemed to take the source, and incorporate all the news of bullying, political unrest, etc. and wrap it all up in an hour and a half. Along the way, mix in a romance, and teen angst, and the whole thing just misses so much of what made the original that good. Like I said, hard to not compare. The flaws really don't end there, as the camera work during some scenes was terrible, and the use of pointless slow mo to make a statement got distracting. Overall, sure, it was on netflix, but it seems there movies have been lacking as of late and I think this would've been a better move into a TV series realm, as the story itself lends plenty of expand-ability to it. Oh well, they tried.
Rough Night (2017)
Very Bad Things, with women
My quick rating - 5,4/10. You can thank Kate McKinnon for saving this movie. Being a fan of Scarlett Johansson, I find it difficult to say that, but she was the shining star of this movie. This is a story of the bachelor/bachelorette party gone wrong. Seems this movie was done before almost to a tee, but with guys...let me think...."Very Bad Things", yep, that is it. That is all I could think of during this movie, lack of originality. That doesn't mean there aren't some decent laughs. A couple of them come from the bit players as well as McKinnon (I don't know the name of the guy from Modern Family, but he is one of them). So in the groups quest to have a wonderful bachelorette party for the once party girl turned gov't wannabe (Johansson), they accidentally kill the hired entertainment. You get the jist of this and if you don't mind, or even like the usual amusing parts of dumping the body, or watching people make bad decisions, such as the title of the previous movie describes, then you may enjoy this. I personally got my laughs, and didn't feel cheated of my time, but glad I didn't head to the theater for this one. So entirely up to you.
Starry Eyes (2014)
Borderline reality turns nightmare in LA
My quick rating - 5,8/10. This most likely is rated higher, but the supporting cast just dragged this down so much. I did still enjoy the Lynch,Cronenberg-esque style of this film though. Some very nice imagery used to set the tone, and the lead is just fit for the role. She plays an obsessive actress that will do whatever she needs to succeed (or in this case, just get a part). All of that of course leads to the downward spiral. Reading reviews using "disturbing" and grotesque" are a stretch, since the gore, nor psychological attack is not either, but it does seem to be a "hit home" thing that I would bet L.A. sees a lot in struggling talent. The trip to get to the end is enjoyable to watch, and the ending itself is very well done, and since I can't give spoilers, there are some nice nods to old cinema sprinkled in as well.
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
An enjoyable, but dark action/comedy
My quick rating - 6,9/10. From the trailers, you know you are getting a somewhat buddy type movie, such as the late 80s good cop/bad cop. This is the case here, well like I said, somewhat. Ryan Reynolds is coming off a major high from "Deadpool" and where that movie excelled, it creates a few problems for this movie. The first problem I have is you know I am not a fan of Reynolds (but I am coming around since he has been in quite a few good movies and I am putting that aside). Now this isn't the problem. This movie is far more serious and dark, dealing with a topic such as genocide as a backdrop for two quality wise cracking actors taking turns being the funny guy throughout a backdrop of constant action. You have the AAA endorsed bodyguard falling into getting an international hit-man (Jackson) to court to testify against a really bad man (Oldman) for international crimes. So Reynolds and Jackson have to put their differences aside to make it there, alive. This is the good, and bad of the movie. As Jackson and Reynolds have to take turns making us laugh, at some points they are forced to be serious and end up falling flat. Reynolds seems to be the one that gets stuck in the serious role more often and it just doesn't work out. Each character, including Hayeks foul mouthed bad ass love interest for Jackson, all have unique traits on their own, but all three of them cannot come together in this movie. Oldman as well is great, in the somewhat sparse usage and again, his strength seems a bit wasted. Don't get me wrong, pointing this out is merely just that. Opinion. The movie as a whole is very entertaining and doesn't want to let up in the ride they take you on. For a summer blockbuster, this movie relies a bit heavily on the cgi, which I am OK with since it keeps costs down (i think about 30 million for this flick) and gives you the money to throw at the actors needed for your movie. So I would say where Deadpool went in with a joke in mind, this movie was far more serious in nature, and as I mentioned, dark, and by the end you might wonder even though it was so amusing throughout, it really wasn't a comedy at all. But like most people, you will still laugh, and you should. Just realize I believe this script was meant to be far more serious and they all just decided to take a different route as it went along. Comparing the two Reynolds vehicles is quite unfair, Deadpool knew what it wanted to be, and I don't think this movie did. But won't stop me from watching it again when it comes out on blu ray, and I will enjoy it as much as I did in the theater.
Phoenix Forgotten (2017)
Definition of "average"
My quick rating - 5,2/10. This is basically the definition of mediocre. Saying every handi cam movie is like "Blair Witch" is a cop out lazy thing to say. Often aside from the style of footage and camera work, most other movies have nothing to do with that movie, and live on their own ideas. This movie, however isn't one of them. The subject matter, and story are nothing like "Blair Witch" but the massive similarity is the actors and performances. They were almost identical in portrayal of young adults from that movie. OK, enough belly aching about that. This movie obviously deals with the unsolved "Phoenix lights" that took place 20 years ago. UFOs? Military flares? or the ever popular and totally stupid, mass hallucinations, you make the call. This follows 3 curious locals that just want to follow the mystery surrounding this, and see what the military may be hiding. As with others, this movie spends lots of time boring you with character interaction that really is dull. A laugh or two here and there is about it. Bringing back a supposed relative of one of the actual missing kids was a nice change for a reason (i think blair witch just did that.....) but overall I just expected much more, especially with Ridley Scott as a producer, but after watching this, I am fairly sure he took a couple phone calls, and that was the extent of his involvement. Worked fine but just didn't have any "umphhh" overall.
So many movie in an hour and a half
My quick rating 6,5/10. I haven't enjoyed a movie I knew nothing about like this in a long time. Take basically every movie genre, think of a bunch of titles from each, and mash them all up into one all over the place package. To attempt to pin this to one genre is impossible, it attempts them all, and does a pretty good job. Explaining the plot is tough, but this often funny movie encompasses time travel, slasher films, teen comedy and the breakfast club just to name a few of what you are getting into. Nice performances from quite a few unknowns as well. The timing is pretty spot on for the jokes, and are so far off for the scares it is just fun. I am sure anyone can pick this movie to shreds for continuity if they so desire, but very much not worth it. "OMG is she going to give birth to herself" LOL. Suffice it to say, in being so much like so many movies you have seen, this is something you have never seen before. I am unsure why I hadn't seen or heard of this before now but I am glad I finally ran across this one. Oh, and apparently Dane Cook still does have a job...then again, he did recently pop up on American Gods. Good stuff, check it out.
13 Demons (2016)
Concept couldn't save this mess
My quick rating - 3,3/10. A fairly decent idea couldn't save this mess of a film. I like the thought that a group of 3 people get so wrapped up in a fantasy board game, they start acting it out, almost like being possessed by it, and go on a murder spree. Of course they were trying to lean towards it being supernatural, but this movie just didn't develop the idea enough to know either way. The acting as well was just really poor. I struggled to believe any of the bad dialogue that was thrown at the actors in the first place but to act it out so miserably just didn't help. Also the lack of scenes even showing what happened further led to a waste of time. I'd suggest not bothering with this one.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Fun to count the amount of headshots
My quick rating - 7,5/10. Pretty sure that is also what I gave the first one. Well, the retired hit-man is back. The commercial tells us so. I do appreciate this movie for a slightly different reason than the first one. Where the first did rely a bit more on the story and development of the character, which is a good thing, this one doesn't dabble too much into that and just goes straight at you with action. Another good thing. The sequences are strung together so well, it is just nice to sit there and take each moment in. I could do without taking a vulnerable Reeves and turning him into a bulletproof superhero, such as this movie did. Yes, before you say anything, I know fully well this movie is paying homage to the great action movies out of Hong Kong, but even John Woo may have questioned Keanus invincibility at points of this flick. But checking reality at the door to watch this is not a problem and a good time to be had. Director Chad Stahelski showed that his massive amount of time shooting stunts for more films than I can name (and he was tied with the much missed Brandon Lee as stunt double in "The Crow") pays off behind the camera lens. This may or may not be a spoiler, but I expect John Wick 3 to continue to go over the top. And a rumor of a Highlander redo? Sign me up.
The Belko Experiment (2016)
Good corporate experiment to watch, not be partaking in
My quick rating - 6,5/10. In a somewhat unique take on the kill or be killed scenario via "Battle Royale", this movie more so focuses on the psychology of how those in a corporate environment will react. The individual characters do help somewhat in keeping the tension going, although I think they could have done a lot more in defining each more. For the most part, it was acted out well, including Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley), OK shameless "Scrubs" plug on that one. To see how they respond to the situation is of course where all the tension lies, and don't worry, it does get pretty brutal. I could not help but think of the experiment being much like "The Experiment" which was a criminally unheard of movie that was done just as well, only with prisoners and guards. And not to the death, and voluntary. OK, I guess it really was nothing like this movie now that I typed that out, but the whole social experiment part and how it was acted had that feel. I think with a bit more polish and some better character development, this could've really stood out, but as it is, still a good watch.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Good tie in and well made sci fi flick
My quick rating 6,6/10. After being drawn into the Alien world basically created in Prometheus (which did branch from the more horror "Alien" and action of "Aliens") I was glad to hear they were going to give us a sequel, which is part of bridging the gaps created in all of the alien movies thus far. I could attempt to explain the whole thing, but I don't actually know all the tidbits and don't feel like doing research. I do know this is basically bridging the gap towards Alien, the first film. After "Prometheus", the synthetic David was left behind, and a crew 10 years later stumbles across an abandoned planet where he so happens to still be. They are on a mission for recolonization so in cargo are 2000 humans. Can you see where this is going? Having Ridley Scott behind the camera lens is a treat and it shows in the great scenes being put together throughout. The worlds created by HR Giger are again used some, not to a great extent, just enough to still look stunning. This one does add a bit more action into the film, which I was glad to see and is edited very nicely. Fassenbender does a good job in his double duty role, and they did a decent job of explaining as well. A nice beginning with a conversation between Walter (the newer version of David) and his creator. A deep question asked to start the movie off. Being a big fan of the whole series, I was thoroughly entertained but I can see why die hard fans are a bit annoyed. The actual aliens aren't used quite enough and for much of the movie, they aren't the big aliens that nightmares are made of but little aliens that give women nightmares (if you have seen the first "Alien" you know what that means). Just like I was quite perturbed I didn't see "Prometheus" in the theater, I would've liked to see this in the theater as well, but honestly, not sure it would've been worth 20 bucks...maybe 12 ;) And now that the bridge has been laid for the two time frames to meet, I wonder where this will go next......
Don't Fuck in the Woods (2016)
Read the title, best part of the movie
My quick rating - 2.8/10. As much as I wanted to like this movie, mainly for the goofy title, it just was not good. I thoroughly enjoy finding low budget movies made by unknowns to find your Raimis or Jacksons (both of which I found on their shoestring budget flicks long before Hollywood) this movie isn't going to be catapulting anyone into stardom. Especially not the creature creator, whom I assume shops at the local Halloween store. The effects were terrible. I am fairly sure the dialogue was adlibbed. The "woods" may have been someone's backyard next to a local forest, at best. I really tried to like this, but with so much not to like, such as being within feet of this big bad monster, and acting like nothing is there, I just couldn't possibly enjoy this. I expected boobs and gore in that order, and neither really delivered. Too bad to waste the clever, yet obvious title on such a snoozefest. But I will say, in the end, the blooper reel did seem like the kids had fun in filming this, so at least that is good. And some bonus points added for bow and arrow use, then subtracted for lack of reason or method of making an exploding arrow out of literally nothing combustible (I doubt the nudge to Predator is appreciated). At a mere 75 minutes, you won't be all that upset if you watch it, you most likely just won't enjoy it.
Really awful acting messed this one up
My quick rating - 3,6/10. Since I have to round up, it is tough even having to put 4 on this. The acting was just that painful to watch. It was almost like the actors and actresses were trying to make all the dialogue sound unrealistic. Cue card reading would've been more convincing than this was. After a supposed accident at a winery (yep, Australia is just known for their vineyards, and now, really bad acting) a daughter heads home to get to the bottom of what looks to be a homicide. In doing so, she uncovers some dark secrets in the murder mystery. Basically all the elements of a murder mystery are missing. I may have cared more if the acting wasn't so distracting. I could get a better conversation having Alexa and Siri going back and forth with Cortana as a mediator. Suffice it to say, you suffer through a lot of wasted time to get to a somewhat surprise ending, but not due to the murder. I should spoil it but I don't do that. Your life will still be complete if you miss this one, don't worry.
Free Fire (2016)
British gang style comedy with a Tarantino flair
My quick rating - 6,5/10. This was a very Tarantino-esque attempt depicting two gangs (mob style, not thug style) set in the 70s being holed up in a warehouse, and end up in a gun fight for survival. The entire movie takes place in the confined space, which lends to the atmosphere. At times, it seemed so cramped and I felt wondering how in the world they weren't actually getting shot (if you watch it, you'll see what I mean). The characters themselves also help in making the movie work since without giving a crap about them, this movie wouldn't have much going for it. The quality dialogue carry the movie moreso than the gunfights, since that is the focus. I am not surprised the USA audience didn't get much into this only because of the type of movie it is, and didn't say "Quentin" anywhere in it. Shame since it was pretty entertaining, and didn't drag itself out as well. Amusing and tongue in cheek humor compliment a strong effort that just misses the mark.
Could've been a decent slasher. Just mediocre
My quick rating - 5,1/10. This is a nice throwback to good old slasher flicks. It has the usual gore and stupid teen age characters. The characters themselves were played over the top and done that way on purpose just to further the nostalgia value. I do have to say that the plot being revenge for a rape thing is fine and has been done before but in this movie, the rape scene is extremely long and quite graphic. It was almost unsettling how long it lasted for and the subject matter didn't help any. This event, which was led up to by your usual two groups of kids not getting along, well, at a bowling alley leads to a killer on the loose. The movie itself does add a bit of twist and tries to keep you guessing who the killer is in usual fashion of presenting the characters in ways of why it could be them. I was entertained by the movie minus the aforementioned rape scene. The kills were not abundant but did not shy away from the splatter of blood. All this carnage leads to a pretty nice ending that I didn't quite see coming which was just a treat as well. If it weren't for the one scene, I would rate this higher so if you don't mind that and enjoy a decent slasher flick, you'll be just fine watching this.
The Signal 2007 did this MUCH better
My quick rating - 4,4/10. OK, I never read the book, so I won't butcher this due to not following it. I will say this movie was not very good. First, it screams rip off of "The Signal" (2007) and I am unsure if that movie had any relation to the Stephen King book either. Either way, the movie is about a signal through cell phones that drives everyone basically insane. Although in this movie, that insanity is very tame. The very good cast just doesn't seem invested into making this movie anything else but mediocre. And I am a huge fan of both Jackson and Cusack. In attempting to find the cause to get rid of the signal, so to speak, we are just subjected to an array of scenes, not really a story per se. It is too bad and I think the film makers knew it since they treat us to a really bad ending after all that which doesn't do anything to resolve, sum up, or entertain for that matter. I am pretty disappointed to say the least. Find the previous movie I already mentioned. Much more well rounded version of the exact same story.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Visually stunning, story lacking, still a good film
My quick rating - 7,1/10. There will be two types of reviewers for this movie. Those die hard fans of the original anime, and those that have not seen the anime and watch this film stand alone. As someone who has seen the anime, and loved it, I am going to try and teeter between the two views as best as I can. I will just get something out of the way: When great Animes came out 20 or so years ago, such as this, and Akira to name the two that come to mind quickly, there was a general consensus that there was no way that a movie could be intricate enough to capture the vivid and detailed world that was created in these masterpieces. Special effects were not there....yet. Jump to now, where the strides in tech have made capturing these vivid worlds a possibility and this movie did so perfectly. The dark and decaying world shows bright and vivid, with all the contrast as it should. Even with the somewhat bizarre building size holographic billboards that seem out of place at times (as big as Godzilla strolling through central park for no reason) that are selling something? Maybe? Anyway, this movie is a marvel to look at, and is no doubt going to win Oscars for visuals. Unbelievable to look at. So if you hear, see it in a theater (i chose IMAX, and glad I did) there is truth to this. The REALLY big screen is needed to take it all in.
So now the story. Quick sum up, the future has no issues with replacing body parts with enhanced robotic parts. Well, the story is the main character, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first to take the human brain and be put into a fully robotic body, enhanced to be a super soldier. Now if this sounds like Universal Soldier, I suppose there are some parallels to it, but they are nothing alike. This is actually a story about identity, which is an important word to remember when viewing this. All the things that make us human, and keeps us different from AI is a part of the struggle here. This is the part that I will step over to being a fan of the anime. Many of these themes that were alluded to and gave the viewer things to ponder are just kinda swept away from this Hollywood product. This movie had to be "dummy'd down" if you will to make it a bit more mainstream. I didn't see this as a problem per se, but I am sure some fans are slightly perturbed by some of the omissions that occur. No details since that would be spoiler territory.
It would be difficult not to be in awe of the action sequences as well. They are so wonderfully shot and edited so they never lose your attention by moving to fast, and allow the audience to just take the sequences in. Just a really good job sine lately the massive cut-cut editing in action scenes leave you wondering what is going on. Not in this film.
So, with some incredible things to look at, and a script that leaves some to be desired, the other element is the acting. Well, all that gets from me is adequate. Can't say much more. The emotions in Majors eyes are really what you are supposed to get the feelings from and this is done just fine really. Not distracting nor great. The other characters are fine, and Batou was probably the best when it comes to acting in the movie. And they did do a good job with the iconic eyes of Batou as well, for all the fans out there. All that said, is the movie perfect, and everything us fans wanted? Nope. Never was going to be no matter who made it. But Hollywood didn't destroy the classic either thankfully, and gave us all something to sit and allow our jaws to drop at, and listen to (yes, some of the original score from the anime is even in place for your listening pleasure). Definitely a good film worth watching that most likely will be taken out of context by both audiences I described since it is right in the middle of what it is and what it could have been. I left satisfied and that is good enough for me.
Solid action flick dragged down by editing issues
My quick rating - 6,1/10. Another all out action fest as the T-Virus is at critical mass, and the world population is about to be wiped out. This time Alice (Milla Jovovich) reunites with many former game members to venture back into the hive,where the whole thing started, in an attempt to stop the umbrella corporation once and for all. Great visuals in this one but one flaw is some seriously confusing camera work for the fight scenes. Really quick editing is used that often makes it tough to tell what is going on. Other than that, this is an enjoyable ride that has a seriously misleading name (at least by the ending they give). You'll see that once you check out the film. A pretty solid flick for what it is meant to be. I am not sure why it bombed so bad at the box office but I suppose people are getting tired of the same old formula like this and the previously viewed "Underworld" are following.
Death Race 2050 (2017)
Attempts to go back to its campy roots
My quick rating - 3.9/10. If you look at my database, you'll notice I kept this. Not because it was good, but because it tried to go back to the schlocky nonsense of the original (1973. of course, the year I was born). So the movie is the same ole, post apocalyptic world where a way to trim the population, even though they don't much bring attention to that, is by allowing drivers to kill people on the roads for sports and ratings. In doing so, this movie also tries to take jabs at the tech and always connected world along with politics. These attempts are slightly amusing but mostly fall flat. The effects are a joke, and the action is choreographed by a blind man (no offense if he/she was actually blind). This is what made the original so great, and what makes this pretty bad. It just needed to take this campy feeling and do something slightly different with it. Back to my original point, the cult classic is just that, and this belongs in the collection just because of its existence. So if you feel that way as well, check this one out. Nods to Mr. Corman for bringing that campiness back.
Blair Witch (2016)
Negate the first sequel and this would've been fine
My quick rating - 5,5/10. Definitely a step up up from the horrid sequel. I wasn't even much a fan of the first one but it did start a whole genre of mostly bad movies so have to give credit. Well, this movie follows a group of co-eds delving into the blair witch mystery surrounding what happened to one of their sisters. I didn't bother catching names. So the woman that ended up, well, in the cabin at the end of the original was never found and supposedly popped back up years later, so they want to go and find her. This leads to lots of strange noises, branches tied together and piles of stone. To be honest, this movie is shot very well and leads to a somewhat frightening experience. Nothing you won't see coming but still pretty good. The sound effects are entirely over the top to grab your attention so if you have surround sound, you will be putting it to the test. Overall, it does dig a bit deeper into the story, even if the writers took all kinds of creative liberties to do so. Not bad.
Fresh surprise to the "exorcist" type ficks
My quick rating - 5,9/10. Very nicely told story of a man who can enter into the dreams of the possessed and basically "exorcise" them in a religious way. So he removes the demons from those that are tormented by making them understand in the dream state that the demon isn't real and forces them to let go f their grasp of the host. In this case a particularly nasty evil has taken hold of a young boy and he must again confront the same demonic spirit that killed his wife. My description so far has been pretty poor, I just reread it, but I try to stick with first train of thought. Really a quite good flick that doesn't rely on gore to tell he story. The jump scares are sprinkled in to keep the audience paying attention (and often very unexpected) along with even a twist thrown in just when you have it all figured out. Even with the movies flaws, this is a recommended viewing that will really make you think how much better this could've been if it just got a little more attention. As it stands, it is better than most of the cookie cutter "exorcist" movies that have been littering the STV shelves lately. Check it out.
The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Strange yet enjoyable flick
My quick rating - 5,4/10. This is either a love it or hate it movie. Even though I lean towards the enjoyed it part, I can't just say it was good. The "so dumb it is funny" is plastered throughout this flick. Completely off the wall sex scenes, cartoon like kills and more inside jokes than can possibly be kept up with. But don't worry, those jokes will get repeated and drawn out way too long so you'll get them anyway. This coupled with a truly annoying soundtrack that will just get stuck in your head. The makers of this movie have to idolize Troma films (I know I do) since this just smells like it came from Lloyd Kaufman himself. If you want to see plenty of full frontal nudity, male included (huge prosthetic penises btw) then this is your movie. I could reveal more but let me just say, if a fan of movies, this is one of those you should see just because you have to. You may not like it but like I am right now, you will still be shaking your head wondering just what in the hell you just watched.
Yoga Hosers (2016)
Inside joke, and a few interesting cameos
My quick rating - 5,2/10. This is a very campy comedy/horror flick made by Kevin Smith. A couple years ago, Smith made a movie called "Tusk" which again was very outside the mainstream and really quite weird. Anyway, in that flick we were introduced to a character named Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) who reprises his role as a bumbling investigator looking into a case where a man is ripped apart from the inside (all I am going to say). He stumbles across two teenage girls who work at a store that happens to be the place where the dead man was last seen. The lovable "Colleens" have recently been tasked with watching the store instead of going to a big party, so the decide to bring the party to the store. Well, the party is all of two guys looking to get laid, or something along those lines. Maybe murdering them, who knows. But this is all more or less the subplot of the history of this store and the evil dolls that are roaming around killing people. If I sound confused, I am not, I am being somewhat vague and the movie is really just weird. This is not a bad thing, it definitely has its moments. This is obviously an inside joke for Smith and the whole group. Looking forward to part 3, now that I know there is one coming (end credits) so take this one in, check out Tusk first to be caught up, and next year will be "Moose Jaws" with the Colleens back again.