• She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★

    One of those movies that is just too fleeting. It's a slow burn that really hits a intriguing stride after the intial set up, but it had a glaring flaw for me. The few psychedelic scenes, along with a few others that I won't mention for spoiler reasons, make the ambiguous ending lose all of its effectiveness. In the moment these things work, but when the ending happens it feels like the concept wasn't fleshed out. Those small sections were…

  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    I'm not sure how to rate, or what to say about this. Kind of feels like something I would see at like 4am on adult swim back when adult swim had that really strange slot from 3am to 5am. Definitely not the strangest film I've ever seen, but it's eccentric for sure. You can't really rate this as a film, unless you knew how it was directed. What I mean by that is they might have hit it right on…

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance

    ★★★

    Not quite as bad as most say, but the problem is that it obviously could have been fantastic so people are being a little too harsh on it. The low points are a bit of over acting, curious choices made, and at times strange direction. It does telegraph things at bit too much for my liking but it's not a deal breaker. It's shot well and the scoring is decent. The story itself is pretty good, but the above things…

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★

    Kind of reminds me of mystic river in a way, but not nearly as good or intricate. This is a bit heavy handed, and feels like 2 different films where both of them feel incomplete. Nothing really done great, but it's all done adequately. Worth a watch, but I don't suppose I'll ever see it again.

  • Happiness

    Happiness

    ★★★★★

    You can't get humor much more dark than this without it being illegal. It really pushes the envelope for some of its themes, and I doubt this could even be made now. It's a masterpiece of dark humor. That conversation between the dad and son on the couch late in the film... wtf... everyone killed their roles in this.

  • Oslo, August 31st

    Oslo, August 31st

    ★★★★½

    I like how it's filmed a little gritty, and given the kind of film it is I don't think some technical aspects should influence the rating. It's great realism. That end sequence is poignant poetry.

  • Exorcism at 60,000 Feet

    Exorcism at 60,000 Feet

    ★★★★★

    Yes I think this is a 5, and no I'm not grading it on a b movie scale because this isn't a b movie. This is genius level satire. This is what would have happened if Mel Brooks made Airplane, and made it as a spoof of horror instead of comedy. The scoring and sound design here is funnier by itself than most comedies I've seen in recent times. It's so precise in its aim. The purposely bad effects (that…

  • The Others

    The Others

    ★★★½

    How great could this have been without Kidman over acting the whole film? That goes on the director too I suppose. Besides that, this film is rather great. It really sticks it's vibe. Shot very well, nice sound design, everything's great except that over acting... it's just too much. It's still enjoyable because it's just done so well and I really enjoy the concept and how it's executed, but geez... I don't know what the director was thinking.

  • The Crazies

    The Crazies

    ★★½

    Rather bland and doesn't delve into the concept so much really. Considering they went with a less militant approach here, I can't find an excuse why they still didn't get more in depth considering they had more time to work with and showed they weren't 100 percent remaking something. I will say it's better than the original, but it's still rather bland and stereotypical with the arcs. It's borderline average. Decent cinematography and editing. I found the score to be…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★½

    I'll give this some points for the cinematography and acting, but that barely takes it above average. I swear, people's standards for horror are so low now. I read over some of these high reviews talking about being scared and the tension and so on... Where was it at??? Having thrills and sharp stabs doesn't make a score scary or a tone setter when nothing really ever goes down. I think the score was good, but misused. Ton of logic…

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★

    This was on track to be a rather good creature feature then a little after the halfway mark the writing absolutely falls apart. The cinematography, scoring, and effects were all good. The apart ting was decent. The story itself was decent, but once that writing goes to shit, it turns into a rather poor film. The character choices and logic just go out the window and I became distracted by how much the lead was similar to Emma Stone. She even looks a bit like her. That and the dog was the only entertaining parts in that last third.

  • Triangle

    Triangle

    ★★★½

    I seen this a few months back and felt it was a film you need to watch twice, given the ending, to pick up on all the details. I had no real desire to, as I felt maybe they weren't critical, so I'm put it off a while. A friend dropped by earlier and they never seen it off so I figured why not. Yeah I picked up on some slight things like faces made and such, but that was…