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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

    ★★★½

    Yet another terrific entry with a unique story and creative moments of action.

    The most fun feature with Land of Demons is the quest-like structure of the beginning; Ogami must pass the test of five assassins who deliver a portion of the ryō required for his target. This is the way all exposition should be delivered!

    Daigoro also has a central scene that tests his morals as a boy on the Demon Way to Hell, mirroring his father's dark objective…

  • Tremors

    Tremors

    ★★★½

    Tremors has the perfect energy of a movie that knows exactly what it is; not snarky, not overly serious or comical, just a lot of good fun from everyone.

    I love the creative premise, the town of Perfection, the graboid design, all of the capable and colorful supporting characters. Clearly though it's Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward's chemistry that make this shine.

    The stand-off on the rocks near the end kind of slows the momentum to me, but in general there's a great pace between all the tunneling, shooting, and funny conversations that probably contribute to something endlessly rewatchable for many. Arrow's restoration is pristine.

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★½

    The first movie I have seen in theaters since Underwater last March!

    I was reminded of many movies while watching this. I thought of WW84, another WB movie with a goofy, evil Hispanic CEO. I thought of Shane Black's The Predator, which also features a child whose disability is exploited for a crucial plot point with the film's monster.

    I understand there needs to be some human element to these movies, but it's just that every human here is unbearable…

  • Berserker

    Berserker

    ★★

    You may think you haven't seen Berserker, but you have: a group of horny teens heads to a campground and get slashed to death one by one. That's it!

    In this case, the killer is a bear (or possibly a malevolent Viking spirit, but we won't know for sure until the end), which simply means a lot of bear insert shots and grisly claw marks on naked bodies.

    One pleasant surprise how emotionally open and vulnerable the teen friends are…