• Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★

    Long on sympathy, short on specifics, this is worth a watch more as a reminder of a great talent's existence than any deep exploration or analysis.

    A story for the future, then, when the lawyers loosen their grip and the truth seeps out.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★½

    Enforced miserableism that fails to generate a single compelling or empathetic character during the entirety of its runtime.

  • Kwaidan

    Kwaidan

    ★★★★

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Gently horrifying; hauntingly beautiful.

  • Dead Space: Aftermath

    Dead Space: Aftermath

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Gave up on this one. Terrible animation, poor voice acting, waste of time.

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Marred by having seen the remake first, probably, I still see this as good but flawed: it's a piss-take of the bourgeoisie and their convention of automatically trusting anyone else monied and white, but to allow the miscreant pair to get away with their torture, we're expected to accept far too much acquiescence on behalf of the victims.

    So Hanake is caught midway between political fable and realistic horror, leaving neither properly serviced. It does some…

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Woah, OK. Very nasty, characters a bit thin, but kinda viscerally exciting.

  • Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan: The Movie

    Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan: The Movie

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Is there any greater waste of time than an un-scary scary movie?

  • Fade to Black

    Fade to Black

    ★★★

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Desperately Seeking Susan meets Maniac, in this oddly-toned curio. I feel as though the script was one pass away from being a romantic comedy, re-cast with Andrew McCarthy in the lead and Eric getting his Marilyn at the end.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    "We're the lesser ones, with no soul, no depth, an unimportant voice and a monomaniacal focus, but nevertheless you're going to have to put up with us being strewwwwwwwwn all over your good land. Because we're The Americans and we automatically deserve it."

    Loved it ^_^

  • Maniac Cop 2

    Maniac Cop 2

    ★★★

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    Just joyous stupidity for the most part, interspersed with some genuinely impressive stunts. I'd watch a million of these cheesy but interesting B-movies if I could, they just so rarely make them any more!

  • April Fool's Day

    April Fool's Day

    ★½

    >>> Part of Horror52! <<<

    The only thing slaughtered here was a good premise.

  • The Whisperer in Darkness

    The Whisperer in Darkness

    ★★½

    >>> Part of Horror 52! <<<

    A fan production held together with duct tape and passion, it's impossible to dislike this Lovecraft adaptation. Ok, so objectively it's amateurish and the effects kind of laughable, but there's an earnestness and commitment here that you rarely feel for larger-budgeted fayre.

    Rubbish but charming, all at once.