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Who Can Kill a Child? (Quin puede matar a un nio?)

Who can kill my attention span after the first half hour? but it's still a good movie.

Ride in the Whirlwind

The only movie you'll see where Jack Nicholson is bummed out for the entire 81 minutes. There's something deeper about this but until I figure it out I can only enjoy the surface of what it is: A good, slow Western

Don't Deliver Us from Evil

...but please deliver this movie to the great movie archives*

*excludes most of Heath Ledger's filmography

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

Guiltiest of all guilty pleasures. Except there's nothing guilty about loving it.

Shaolin Challenges Ninja

The choreography is insane. How they move so fast but still be able to show the audience every move is beyond me. It's also quite an experience to see Chinese and Japanese fighting styles clash. P.S. Gordon Liu has never made the Crane fist look better.

Horrible (Rosso sangue) (Absurd) (Monster Hunter) (Antropophagus 2) (The Grim Reaper 2)

I'll tell you one thing this movie's not: horrible. Some people say it is/isn't a sequel to Anthropophagus but I think it's more a companion since George Eastman plays the really creepy killer in both movies and his character names though differ slightly are similar in the two also. Anyways movie is completely awesome, sweet long drawn out gore and a repetitive synth soundtrack that'll either make you sick of watching the movie or keep you in suspense.

Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega)

I love the ending even if it's been done to death nowadays

Red Angel
Red Angel(1999)
½

If you have no arms and legs, overly sympathetic Japanese nurses will sexually aide you.

What Have You Done to Solange?

Sepia flashbacks and one of Morricone's best scores

Veronika Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)

Early on, Voss says to her new acquaintance Robert that light and shadow are the two secrets of film making. Fassbinder uses this to his advantage to contrast good and evil yet in a deceiving tone uses bright sets and lights in the offices of the film's antagonist: an evil doctor who hooks her patients on morphine only to slowly steal away every material possession they have. This may link to the strong pessimistic themes throughout the film: Robert's efforts to save Veronika seem utterly hopeless and the fact that higher evil powers will always win out over the small minority trying to stop them.

Hunter's Blood

Way better than Deliverance and better directed.

Rampage
Rampage(1988)
½

Surprisingly good movie. Friedkin toggles between a mystery thriller to court room drama. Obvious social commentary dealing with insanity and murder. Good editing and great cast

Junky's Christmas

And to all a good night

Don't Go in the House

So good I watched it twice in the last 9 months. A different kind of slasher that successfully breaks down the killer into a character study using voice overs and disturbing hallucination/dream sequences. A genuinely good movie

Maniac
Maniac(1980)

This flick deserves much more credit. The long drawn out murder sequences are uncomfortably effective

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch's style shifted starting with Lost Highway but it didn't feel perfected at all until this movie (and it took a turn for the worst with Inland Empire). Lynch's work still stand as the few films that actually scare me. It's because of the confusion going on in all of his movies. Nothing's straight but he manages to let the viewer piece things together through very uncomfortable and disturbing sequences. Mulholland Drive may be his swan song.

Manhunter
Manhunter(1986)

Michael Mann brought his touch to maybe the only thing ever bordering on horror in his entire career. It's interesting seeing the bare forms of his technique here in the thriller genre. There are some things here I like better than in Red Dragon and vice versa. Most notably the ending to this one is much, much better and well shot.

The Big Red One

I'll hand it to Fuller on this one. He doesn't fill this movie up with bullshit sympathy like so many other war movies do. In fact his characters do the opposite. When facing a dead soldier in their own side they simply pick up their helmets and run. There's no dramatic stare down with forced tears. We also know the characters only by their time serving together. No flashbacks and no back stories either. We're simply given the instruction to carefully observe and see what we can find out about these men.

Crumb
Crumb(1995)

Such a weird family.

Stranger Than Paradise

Pure minimalist film making straight down to the story and characters. The characters sit around and converse very little. We're treated to still camera shots the entire way but if it wasn't for the great direction and casting it wouldn't be of much interest.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)
½

Surpasses the original in story, cast and performances. Does a truly great job at making the action secondary, not important even. Definitely character driven and story involved. Incredible. It seems comic book movies lately have really been on a good kick. Also I've never thought Scarlett Johansson was really attractive until this movie.

The Big Gundown

A great spaghetti western with an even greater story. Lee Van Cleef is on the hunt for Cuchillo, a Mexican bandit whose accused of raping and murdering a 12 year old white girl. There's a twist, obviously but the ride itself is a fun one.

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

Early effort by Kiarostami that examines the hyprocrisy of adulthood. Most of the adult characters in this movie are assholes. At least to them they're not they're probably just thinking they are doing what's right for their children to become successful adults. But their methods and actions contradict each other which only proves that people in general must form their own path no matter what.

The Dirty Dozen

There's too much of a Hollywood thing going on here. This movie is edgy but doesn't push forward as much as it should and there are times where scenes drag for no good reason. The fun part is watching what is definitely the main inspiration for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and also the excellent ensemble cast including Cassavetes and Bronson.

Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Awesome obscure American horror from the early 70's. The music, effects, gore and unintentionally funny dialogue all great. One of the best blind buys I've ever made.

Hi, Mom!
Hi, Mom!(1970)
½

DePalma's early/underrated stuff is as much fun to explore as Scorsese's. From the man whop in fact introduced DeNiro to Scorsese there's almost hints of Travis Bickle in John Rubin even though they might be polar opposites. This is definitely French New Wave just on American shores.

Kôfuku no kane, (Blessing Bell)

Perhaps something that needs more meditation and thought on my end but I did love the locations Sabu used in this movie. The structure and story are also very interesting. On the surface this is a very enjoyable movie.

Hard Eight
Hard Eight(1996)

A straight forward debut from Paul Thomas Anderson. Very nice to see the plain and stripped down story that eventually expanded Anderson's talent towards making the great American movie. I'd say this is a movie of performances and we get nothing but the best. Plus the very small scene with a young Philip Seymour Hoffman reminded me of a young Bill Paxton.

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka

Top notch Miike. Plain cool movie with the usual Miike eccentricities including a weird ending.

Bloody Territories

Boring. For a movie with 'blood' in its title that's based around Yakuza how about some blood?

The Strangeness
½

Cool monster, good atmosphere, some genuine scares. Nice independent horror effort

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)
½

Not mindless entertainment instead it injects a social commentary from the start which carries the entire movie. Yeah it's nothing too knew but it's relevant.

Fireworks (Hana-bi)

Surprisingly violent but it doesn't outweigh or negate the heartbreaking story. The downbeat situations that befall these characters one after another feels natural and doesn't feel like it's trying to do too much like Paul Haggis' Crash (horrible movie by the way). Takeshi plays an ex cop who goes to great lengths to make his wife happy in her final days even if that means robbing a bank to pay off Yakuza leans and beating/killing Yakuza subordinates who try to get in his way.

Mouchette
Mouchette(1967)

When I rented this last year from Hollywood Video it was three months overdue then they sent my $50 late fee to collections but I never paid it.

The Return of the Living Dead

Dan O Bannon is such a master of the horror genre that it's no wonder how he manages to balance truly horrifying moments and nice bits of comedy perfectly. Top this with some great special effects that have never been touched on since.

Martyrs
Martyrs(2008)

The French for the most part suck at horror but this is an exception. What could have been a setup for a boring old story takes a turn midway when you get the hint at the true motive of it all and it's... great. It's nothing that I've seen done before and the final act of violence at the end is straight up horrifying. Very hard to watch, to comprehend and most of all to even imagine what it'd feel like. Makes you wonder about the nature of the human race and religion

The Entity
The Entity(1982)

Truly horrifying. I haven't been affected much by the 'haunted by something that's not there' device in any other movie that I can think of. This movie creates a weird, almost misplaced atmosphere which only adds to the hectic and uncomfortable psychological run around experienced by the main character. Also sweet special effects that are more disturbing than accidentally amusing

Savage Streets

Linda Blair's hot deaf sister played by Linnea Quigley (who looks 12 years old when she's nude for some reason in this movie) gets raped because they prank some leather wearing pea brains by dumping trash all over their car in the beginning of the movie. That sets off a chain reaction of violent revenge. This is pure sleaze with characters who don't think twice about their actions, obligated moments of sympathy by the guy who was 'forced to do it' and oh yeah Linnea Quigley's 12 year old boobs.

Irezumi ichidai (Tattooed Life)
½

Suzuki's storytelling is almost always overshadowed by his sense of style but that doesn't mean it's bad. Sure, it's almost cookie cutter but I believe he knows how to balance style and substance pretty well even if his style carries most everything else. There's genuine moments of sadness in this movie and it's surprisingly not as slow as you may think and it does build up until the last five minutes into a finale that' unforgettable.

The Night of the Sorcerers
½

The cinematography at times if horrible looks like someone got really fucking lazy with shining a light in the forest. But there's an odd attraction here and it proves more entertaining than boring. I especially like the last third made up of many slow motion shots of leopard bikini wearing vampire women and weird zombie tribesmen. The setting is perfect

Pledge Night
Pledge Night(1990)

Great soundtrack, ambiguously gay characters and deaths with the word 'fag' thrown around to balance things out. Highly enjoyable

Hot Tub Time Machine

Great story, casting and humor. A lot of good, slightly obscure 80's movies and era references.

Deranged
Deranged(1974)

A straight up masterpiece with Atmosphere like bob clark's children shouldn't play with dead things. Great effects and forget this being an exploitation it plays like a well made, well cared for piece of horror.

Cemetery High (Hack'em High)

Who wouldn't like a rape/revenge comedy? this movie is great minus all the 4th wall BS

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

No one told me about the great atmosphere in this movie. It's crazy it surpasses Night of the living dead in terms of and a bunch of others. I'll take atmosphere over gore any day now and it's American to boot. I mean before I watched this I was only used to the great atmospheric pleasures from spanish and italian horror

Basket Case 2

I usually always like sequels better than the original and I figured out I love it when they take the sequel into a entirely different wacky route. It's always the case that with sequels they up the ante there's more of everything and in basket case 2 there's more of everything. More freaks, more special effects and better special effects. The only thing missing maybe just some more comically graphic kills.

Lifeforce
Lifeforce(1985)
½

Probably Hooper's best next to chainsaw massacre. The plot is awesome: vampires from space and we're eventually led to believe that the entire vampire mythos originates from these galactic beings. Throw some sweet ass special effects, awesome creature design and a script by Dan O' Bannon and you got a cum gushing protein shake of a sci-fi/horror.

Tokyo Fist
Tokyo Fist(1998)

Tsukamoto churns out a violent and uncontrollable view of male masculinity. I love this subject and I love it when my favorite directors touch upon it. Tsukamoto has the 'Jap rage' as he trains uncontrollably and madly to beat up his old friend who has started an affair with Tsukamoto's fiance. The camera work is amazing as usual I love Tsukamoto's style.

Trick 'r Treat

Great screenplay, all the stories going on at once the editing and pacing were perfect. The interconnecting characters and events are a prime example of how well it can executed it's absolutely amazing. Also the ending is one of the best for the horror genre.

Dillinger è Morto (Dillinger is Dead)

So simple it's hard to interpret, to understand even. I don't fully understand this movie except the themes of alienation and breaking away from it. Maybe that's all there is to it? If that's so then there must be a reason why it's so slow and boring?

Ninja Assassin

The old 'thin story, great action' action movie is running old. Enough training flashbacks, deceased/renewed love interest and bad guy turned good guy going after his own people or at least just try and do things differently with those. But hey why am I complaining this movie had a bunch of Japanese and Chinese actors and a lot of blood and gore. But also a lot of that blood and gore was CGI but I don't really care all that much it was still entertaining and I've also never seen so many shurikens being thrown at once in one movie and the sound effect for them is funny/cool. In fact the movie just shuld have been called Shuriken Assassin.

The King of Comedy
½

Underrated Scorsese is interesting to delve into. It's not great (except for after hours) but I wouldn't say that in comparison to the rest of filmography more specifically his work that has higher praise but I would compare it to the film itself. King of Comedy is a character study of a man who wants so hard to be a comedian he stalks and eventually kidnaps his idol. Not so much a comedy (except the parts that are supposed to be funny) it's a disturbing look into obsession and delusion.

Cop Out
Cop Out(2010)

For a supposed homage to 80's buddy cop movies (confirm/deny?) it mostly falls short there are even some scenes where the actors are awkward in what should be funny situations. There's some really good ideas here but poor execution mostly. Also the editing is awful.

Law Abiding Citizen

This movie criticizes the justice system while at the same time maintaining some brutal violence and a revenge theme working perfectly in context. Jamie Foxx really isn't a 'good guy' and isn't played out to be but neither is Butler they're both exposed by their negative traits either by choice or profession which inevitably leads to a crappy ending where the wrong man dies.

Shutter Island
½

Nothing too new or bad here just an ordinary flick. Scorsese sets a good atmosphere right off the bat due to the soundtrack being so good. Also the color of the blood was great it was too red as in almost suspiria like which made it even more uncomfortable to look at. For some reason I was expecting Scorsese to get all technical with the camera work but it's rather tame although this movie has one of the best tracking shots ever. And in all honesty who cares if you figure out the twist at any point of the movie, yes it's predictable but nowadays the plot twist device means very little it's more about the journey and Scorsese has done well.

The House of the Devil

I have to admit the build up was way better than the climax. I felt that the 'throwback' feel for this was so spot on that it was beyond just a kill/run/gore climax. Instead maybe an extended hallucination sequence, more trippy imagery maybe the devil himself, more demons stuff of that sort just real fucked up looking shit rather fucked up happening shit. Still the movie goes out on a fantastic note and echoes inspiration by the likes of Rosemary's baby.

Paranoid Park
½

Feels like Gus Van Sant trying to do Larry Clark except a 'lite' version. Intercut within the film is grainy skate footage, there's a scene of disturbing gore, gay undertones, underage sex, etc. it's pretty run of the mill it seems like but it's still watchable but you gotta wonder... what was even the point of the movie?

Zhong gui (Seeding of a Ghost)

Don't be fooled this movie is all hype and does not deliver the goods. I only bought into it because virtually every major and minor review I read said it was really good and extremely gory. I then accepted the fact that most of the gore happens in the last 10 minutes but in actuality only the last 6 minutes has anything remotely gory and to my surprise.... there's not really any gore. See how many times i said gore? That's because all the reviews I read said gore every other sentence. Movie is a complete cop out on something that could have been so awesome. Special effects would have been cool too if they used them enough. Movie falls short on too many levels.

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

A great effort from Lynch even though critics and fans alike panned this movie in the oven. At once, I felt that Lynch was trying to be a little too vague but it turns out, there was enough footage for a five hour movie which may have been his intention to release the entire time. His version which will probably never be released might answer a lot more questions especially ones that arise in the movie itself. As for now, the film doesn't actually answer much but shows us a bit more to the character of Laura Palmer. It's an almost one sided story in its butchered two hour form. Oh well

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Great follow up but I think the director strived too hard at times to make it look a little more low budget than it actually was. I was indifferent to the animation sequences which would have wooed me over if it was a little better looking (again, going back to the low budget thing) but it moves very fast, cuts to the point and delivers entertainment from characters and events alike and also the dialogue is surprisingly very good throughout. This could have been a great wide release theater experience but hey you gotta make room for the Nightmare on elm street and crazies remakes instead right? sigh...

The Thin Red Line

First off on a technical level glad this movie employs many magic hour shots and hand held camera. Malick sticks his brand on screen that's reminiscent of Days of Heaven. Secondly this is only Malick's third film made twenty years after Days and it's a huge surprise to see how well he can shoot action (this will be touched upon a little more below). Third a great cast and especially good since all the big name actors are pushed into very small roles and some with barely any dialogue. It's a good sign when Jared Leto gets showered with machine gun bullets a half hour in after only two lines of dialogue. Lastly this movie is infinitely better than Private Ryan. On one hand it's not an exploitation war movie trying cover itself up in cheap sympathy cards both for race and emotions we don't see gore at all because it's just a cheap way to say 'look at how horrific war is'. Malick shows people getting shot and hitting the ground, people screaming people holding wounds but not revealing what's underneath, the idea is enough and that's how it should be if you're trying to evoke genuine compassion for this story. Malick drops his traditional philosophical theme all up in the characters as heard through much narration. Life, death, it's all pondered here amidst intense dramatic warfare. It's not perfect it slags right near the end but it's a very good overlooked war movie.

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

The story structure could have been taken in another route other than the old 'We're gonna go to this location in China that's not on any map and on the way we'll encounter random enemies' and also the fight choreography is sloppy and not at all impressive but it makes up in creature design and awesome ideas. Plenty of zombies and colorful cinematography accent great looking set pieces. Not a total waste and even if I'm a bit bummed that could have been better at least these two production companies at one point in time joined forces for this.

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas(1984)

Straight forward story of a dissolved relationship between man and woman with child but Wenders articulates every emotion through his camerawork and cinematography combine that with the not just the performances but the perfect casting. And as an added bonus John Lurie shows up out of nowhere a little more than halfway through the flick.

The Grapes of Death (Les Raisins de la mort)

I don't know how many times I can say this but the French when it comes to horror.... oooof. They just can't get it right with Eyes without a face being their best horror churn out yet and that was the 60's! The only thing they got when it comes to horror is having insanely attractive women showing their perfect bodies around but even then....

Z
Z(1969)

Brutal political head beatings (literally) are freely used on screen here. The story itself is a nice progression of a simple accident falling upon an uber-leftist senator during a rally that explodes into a full on investigation of government conspiracy if only the ending was too good to be true and it is. They indict the police and everything seems well until the military steps in. Oh well they tried

Seconds
Seconds(1966)

One of the best musical scores ever written. A really well pieced flick, perfect opening and ending and everything down to the story and especially the camerawork is so far ahead of its time it's insane. It's a rough, bleak and horrific study of value of human life. CPS = Cadaver Procurement Section

Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
½

I really wish the Tales from the Crypt movie franchise would have taken off. This is very underrated and very good with explosion effects reminiscent of Frankenhooker and awesome creature design. This was released in '96 during that weird era in the mid to late 90's where you could get away with a lot of shit in an r-rated movie.

Sex Addict
Sex Addict(2008)
½

Henenlotter takes a drastic turn from his body of work with this. It looks, feels and sounds like something not by him. I surely do miss Henenlotter's old colorful cinematography and his usual display of fantastic practical effects are a bit sloppy this time considering Gabe Vartalos is once again involved but still it's nice to see him do something different...and also make a sorta comeback.

Tyson
Tyson(2009)

Finally letting the man speak for himself. It's honest though one can't be too sure if he's completely telling the truth on certain issues (the rape case) but there's two sides to every story and we finally get to hear his.

The Hitcher
The Hitcher(1986)

Moves way fast. For the first 40 minutes it seems like scenes are thrown together one after another but you never think for a second that it's a bad thing because they're just getting you used to Rutger Hauer and how much of a ghost-like presence he seems to emit by being everywhere at once. There's also some very good camerawork here that is a major factor in this movie blending genres. Clever.

Big Fan
Big Fan(2009)

This movie is a portrait of a loser. An over obsessed sports fan who gets beat down by his favorite football player over a misunderstanding ignores the urging of family and police to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit just to see him continue to play. Patton Oswalt is good in a dramatic role even though it's evident in a few scenes that he's trying a little too hard and the best thing is how you think he's gonna take the Travis Bickle route towards the end of the movie but it turns out his character's not THAT stupid, instead just has a very dark sense of humor which also underlines the duration of the entire film.

Food, Inc.
Food, Inc.(2009)

Puts a new perspective into the whole 'foods you are eating aren't really healthy' debate. And it's only a debate because people are too lazy to eat any other way than healthy and healthy doesn't necessarily mean only fruits and vegetables rather stuff that just hasn't been covered in chemicals and is not treated poorly. I think one thing they probably should have explored more is why exactly people just don't care.

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)

This movie just doesn't do anything. Not one thing. It doesn't add to the zombie subgenre or the horror genre in any way not even in the most common factor of entertainment. What are all the things you could tell by watching this movie? that some hipster who jumped the zombie bandwagon that sprang up around 6 years ago finally got a chance to bring their shitty ass idea to the screen. No one gets creative with zombies anymore and this movie is no exception. You know what else I'm getting tired of? all this interpretive bullshit or going so far as to not explaining why these zombie outbreaks happen. We get it it's suppose to be ominous and scarier that way but it's not. It's scary when there's subtle hints it's not fun or interesting if you ain't got a reason. And how played out is mixing horror and comedy with zombies? it's too easy. Movie's a complete cop out it's made by hipsters for hipsters and that's why it sucks. Most zombie movies do anyways and I'm surprised this trend still goes on.

El Jorobado de la Morgue (The Hunchback of the Rue Morgue)

A Paul Naschy starring masterpiece. Great gore effects and a nice twist on the hunchback story. Though there seems to be room for a little character development believe it or not but it falls a little short but that doesn't really matter does it?

Make Way for Tomorrow
½

Do you hate old people? so do I but when there's a movie made about the family unit and how younger generations lack common respect for their elders it's a whole different story. Hey if it's film form anything goes you can still hate old people in real life and feel genuine sympathy for old people in the movies. This was definitely a precursor to Ozu's 'Tokyo Story'. A very simple but sad movie that plays its cards right when it comes to performance.

Bigger Than Life

Ahead of it's time semi melodrama in great looking technicolor. James Mason is diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis and is prescribed some experimental cortisone. He gets hooked and slowly descends into a psychosis. It's kinda like Repulsion but in the suburbs and as things get more intense it's not some cheesy watered down in-the-era stuff as Mason eventually tries to kill his son while quoting the bible. To quote bad boys 2 "this shit just got real".

Chopping Mall (Killbots)

More Barbara Crampton PLEASE

Hunger
Hunger(2008)

To take in this movie requires a little research. I used to dread movies I'd want to see really bad but have to look up a little bit of real history beforehand now I find it enjoyable and it's also a good thing when the title cards in the opening don't have to show large paragraphs to explain what part of the story they're dropping you into. You gotta do work to watch these kinds of movies damn it! In short, movie takes place during the troubles in Ireland (a period when Northern Ireland exploded into violence between nationalists and unionist types over discrimination and the country's status within the United Kingdom basically) and Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, an IRA member who is imprisoned for illegal gun possession charges and is stripped away of special category status. To get his and the other prisoners basic rights back he and several others stage a hunger strike. The film's structure towards the end becomes predictable using the last 20 minutes to show Sands slowly starve to death but it's painful to watch as Fassbender is seen shirtless or nude the whole time in a horrifyingly malnourished and bruised frame. Not as extreme as Christian Bale in the Machinist (dumbass move on his part by the way) but the prosthetics and performance make it almost too painful to watch. I really could have done without the "last minutes of life reflecting on an important point in his childhood " sequence but it's not too much to gripe about if you think about it. Overall it's a good movie on a good subject maybe not a lot of people know about. And another thing fuck every fake ass anarchist/protester/crust/vegan nerdario who think a hunger strike will get em what hey want in prison. First off, realize where YOU put yourself and second a hunger strike should be used as a cause more important than not wanting to eat the fucking hamburger. What's next a petition for Nausea to play a personal show for you behind bars? get kicked in the head faggots

Observe and Report

Critics and even the filmmakers point out this is a comedic Taxi Driver. If only they'd do this more to dark character driven dramas.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
½

Herzog is just a crazy bastard probably has been his whole career. He churned out some great arthouse fare and I love his Nosferatu remake more than the original but the majorly positive critic reviews for this make you wonder if it's just some sorta hype or if everyone's gone crazy. Mostly it's the humor in this movie that confuses me. It's funny, real funny but it's too funny to be ironic in any way or 'artsy' even. Put this with long DV close up takes on alligators and iguanas and you have either a real artsy mess or a very ahead of its time in filmmaking message. Either way it's entertaining it's similar in a lot of ways to ferrara's but also way different.

Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks

Dyanne Thorne is the hottest woman to have ever lived.

Prophecy
Prophecy(1979)

Eco commentary meets monster movie. Movie offers everything and then some technically within its genre. Sweet creature design, camera tricks, deaths and effects.

The Necro Files

Barely entertaining, not the best special effects either.

Cronos
Cronos(1994)
½

Not too impressive how did Del Toro go over budget for this? High point was Ron Perlman's performance, cool story but not as effects driven as I had hoped.

The 'Burbs
The 'Burbs(1989)

I think maybe I expected too much here. Not much going on overall.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

A movie made for A) Really nerdy people in their late 30's-early 40's B) People who 'really like' sci-fi C) Retarded people, like literally mentally challenged people and D) James Cameron. Masking every horrible cliche and whatever source material Cameron has stolen his ideas from this time is 'state of the art 3-D' I wouldn't know since I'm smart enough to not support this movie in anyway but to download it. And after viewing maybe %40 of the movie itself CGI would not help the incredibly boring story, characters and yeah environment. Lastly no one who likes this movie will actually never know why they like it. They'll either say it had really cool special effects or it is a James Cameron movie. Whatever floats their passive cgi apologist boat.

The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine
½

Damn you got some of the most creative gore scenes here. On par with Nikos there's a lot of facial mutilation, bisections, flesh ripping almost like a Misfits song in the form of a sweet, kinda slow effort of a movie.

The Kentucky Fried Movie

Most of the rating goes towards the idea of the movie other than that it's a hit and miss fest the whole time.

Minghags
Minghags(2009)

Haggard was enjoyable this is just a very stale toned down cky crew attempting to act and not putting in as much outtakes or jokes that are funny. Sad, this could have been great

Happy Birthday to Me

Gotta give it a second watch but the deaths weren't as 'unique' as they are advertised, but it was an effort at the time

Nikos (Nikos the Impaler)
½

Sort of like Jason takes Manhattan except a lot cooler. Contains a lot of gore we don't see enough of like Boob and face ripping and decapitations that only involve the top of the head being severed. Awesome creative kills and costumes.

Deep Space
Deep Space(1987)

For an Alien rip off this isn't very entertaining though I love the idea of putting cliche semi-buddy cop characters into the mix of an alien threat on earth and the occasional cheese one liner and that's the problem: occasional. From the humor, to the alien, to everything else we get too many bit parts that aren't enough

Faces of Gore 2
½

Where's this movie's academy award nomination for Best foley artist(s)?

The Proposition

One of the best endings I've ever seen.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Not such a bad thing to have at one point been big and then have real day jobs the only sad thing I found was how old they were and striving still for the 'big break' I almost had a 'get over it' vibe for most of the movie.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

All crust punks should be shipped to Baghdad and then try to start their anarchist ideal bands

Black Devil Doll from Hell

Not as bad as everyone says it is but no one ever mentions how outright weird it is either. Basically a sexually repressed church going black woman randomly buys a weird thug looking ventriloquist dummy from an antique store then it rapes her and she has her 'sexual awakening' then the doll disappears and the woman goes on a meat train run. Makes sense huh?

The Executioner (Massacre Mafia Style) (Like Father, Like Son)

You know when you watch a trailer for a newer movie and it's edited in a way that the final product is nothing like it? well it's even weirder when it's applied to an old cult film. All the trailers and reviews I've seen and read of Duke Mitchell's 'Massacre Mafia Style' play it off as a cheeseball godfather rip off in a humorous light. Turns out this is a really well acted (mostly) grindhouse version of the Godfather. Though not as classy and not cheesy either it takes itself seriously through and through. There are jokes strewn about and a few unintentionally funny lines but it's sprinkled over hard violence (especially the string of 'hits' near the end) and a coherent, serious plot. Also there's much racism towards blacks in here, it's short and sweet at 78 minutes and not a boring second inbetween.

Blood Freak
Blood Freak(1971)

The only Christian movie where Christianity fails and succeeds all at once. It fails to spread it's anti-drug message and forced cult status but it succeeds in making entertainment. This would be like if the Christian church made 2012 today and instead of a bunch of people going to church they just ended up being awed by the CGI.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Movie combines slapstick, innuendo, blatant and ridiculous humor all in one and it plays out so well. Add on top of that Hughes managed to sneak in at the very end the really only emotional moment in the whole movie which in itself is kinda funny to think about. Also it's worth it to note that cameos in 80's movies felt a whole lot different, less forced, less hyped and more surprising then when it happens in movies nowadays.

976-EVIL
976-EVIL(1989)

This Thanksgiving carve a real turkey...like this one

Cellar Dweller

Very cool creature effects/design story is interesting just the rest of the movie didn't keep up

Mortuary
Mortuary(1981)

I love it when you watch something semi-obscure only to discover a young Bill Paxton popping up, skipping around and slightly slurring his speech. But enough about drinking and driving with Keifer Sutherland.

Microwave Massacre

Where's this gem been tucked away all my wife? the humor is A+

Il Bosco (Evil Clutch) (Horror Queen)

Could have been special but it's a dud, an uninteresting potential slacking dud.

Blood Rage (Nightmare at Shadow Woods)

Awesome stuff the zig-zagging who's-the-killer mystery does not hinder the enjoyment of this slasher at all, in fact it's entertaining

5 Fingers of Death (Tian xia di yi quan)

Lo Lieh gettin some good Kung Fu revenge against evil Japs. This is the first Shaw Brothers flick I've seen with nice technical direction. Everything spits out cool.

La dolce casa degli orrori (Sweet House of Horrors)

I thought maybe this'd be good in some way since everyone talks shit on it but every now and then you'll have to join everyone else. Movie sucks hard and the only gore is in the first 5 minutes. The rest of the movie is a huge bore and really nothing happens. Some funny dubbing here and there but it's really just an exercise on how to fill a large amount of time with wasted film and not go anywhere with it and you know it's a bad sign when you're writing a review on a movie while you're still watching it.

The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger (Super Soul Brother)

The title in itself is a masterpiece, though not as much of a masterpiece as Dolemite or Petey Wheatstraw, the dialogue and acting live up to pure blaxploitation standards

Blood for Dracula

Nothing really happens except Joe Dallesandro banging two sisters, Udo Kier getting his arms chopped off with an axe and Joe Dallesandro's brooklyn accent amusingly out of place but still good for entertainment

Rolling Thunder
½

Portrays the gritty, violent realism of what men will do for.... just a little over 2,000 bucks in silver dollars.

Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn

Incredible! from start to finish, some of the best gore, creature design/effects ever and the ending...wow!

Slime City
Slime City(1988)

Cool special effects but there's a lack of something through out. Acting is bad but that's not the turn off just wasn't too interested.

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

If Tommy Wiseau played every character in a movie this is it. But it's only due to everyone having broken english accents. Lots of blood and great acting (because it's not so great) but that's the idea.

Quando Alice Ruppe lo Specchio (Touch of Death) (When Alice Broke the Mirror)

Fulci made this for TV which is hard to believe because the death scenes are so graphic. In fact the camera often lingers on the gore while slowly zooming in just to prove that there's gore on the screen right in front of you in case you forgot what you were looking at 5 seconds ago. But it's truly a mixed bag because strewn about here and there are bits of comedy, both intentional and unintentional. It's like the three stooges meet's Lustig's 'Maniac' on the set of Henry: Portrait of a serial killer. Throw in also that the story just ends up not making any sense

Shock Waves
Shock Waves(1977)

Great concept, great creature design just slow but then you gotta remember that bad pacing is what effects most cult horror

EDIT: Like I said above pacing effects most cult horror and shouldn't even be a factor, movie is great.

Deadgirl
Deadgirl(2008)

Teenage boys will do anything for sex, this movie proves it. It's accurate in that way. It's one of the best modern horror films I've see in a while thanks in part by Troma alum Trent Haaga for writing it. Also nice to see how it takes itself seriously but doesn't overdo it.

The House of Clocks

Meh pretty good for a made for TV movie (and gory too) but feels too slapped together

Aenigma
Aenigma(1987)

Later Fulci effort that's awesome. The overhead shots in the opening and beginning make it look like a very high budget flick. Kills are a bit weak but I think Fulci was starting to go more suspenseful with this one.

Black Dynamite

Throwbacks, homages whatever, they're fine, they're sometimes great and I still like Planet Terror but the main thing problem is they're shooting all this shit on digital cameras...what's the point? There's a scene in Black Dynamite where it suddenly cuts from digital to film, very faded, blurry film like you're watching a VHS and it gave it a huge wave of authenticity but then it goes back to digital minutes later. If it really is a love letter to a past genre they got the continuity errors (in this case intentional), cheesy/illogical dialogue and the way more far fetched than you could handle plot down but it's all digital. Also, this movie will suddenly turn film nerds into experts of blaxploitation just you watch.

Sole Survivor
½

For a movie inspired by Carnival of souls it could have benefited from creative cinematography and creepier images, instead it's a giant bore with every attempt to slowly scare the audience failing horribly.

Premutos - Der gefallene Engel

Very impressive effort the opening alone is worth a majority of the rating. I thought it was shot on video but it looks like 16 mm. Props go to the really good effects and editing. Still can't get over the opening though

Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns

Effects are perfectly done and there are some genuine creepy moments and though this takes a turn out of slasher territory like the first one and becomes somewhat of a more thriller it's still kind of boring and some sequences are drawn out so long that by the time they're over the movie is almost over too (the whole parking garage scene...my god) and many of the throwback gags to the first one felt too forced rather than effectively adding any new ideas to what's already there (like that little baby demon that hops out of the little kid) but overall not a bad sequel, watchable and enjoyable.

Anguish
Anguish(1988)

Incredibly executed plot line, on the surface similar to Demons but a lot more sophisticated and not a slasher

Slumber Party Massacre III

Sweet kills, awesome boobs, movie makes you wanna suck on some boobs, big hair and big boobs and awesome kill scenes with a drill.

Night of the Demons 2

Sweet creature designs and effects and funny CGI but that's about it. And if you liked the lipstick gag from part 1 there's more where that came from

House (Hausu)

The first horror movie that isn't horror but a comedy but uses horror as a backdrop? isn't that such a weird combination though? still to this day (like Raimi's drag me to hell) it's like you wanna scare people but then all of a sudden you wanna make them laugh at the same time it's almost sadistic. But enough about 9/11

Das Komabrutale Duell (The Coma-Brutal Duel)

Made me appreciate shot on video horror/gore whatever you want to call it.

The Dark Power

Classic cheeseball horror with all the main ingredients: outright offensive racism, boobs, only one moment of sweet gore, a very long and unprofessional whip fight between a demon that doesn't know how to use one and an old cop who does which isn't fair at all to the demon and finally a total disregard to a woman's right of declining sexual advances brought by male persistence

Video Violence ... When Renting Is Not Enough

Great effort, funny to see cliche characters acted out by very amateur actors. Nice and sorta twisted, sorta drawn out but it's nothing to complain about

Mama Dracula
Mama Dracula(1980)

Genuinely funny at some parts but way too long and the pacing towards the end will put you to sleep

Motel Hell
Motel Hell(1980)

Pretty creepy plot if you think about it and pretty funny editing at times.

Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence
½

Good effort but falls apart pretty fast towards the end making it hard to pay attention

Dawn of the Mummy
½

Lags a little and the kills scenes are sparse but the Mummy makes up for everything. Completely detailed and overall cool looking.

The Legend Of The Wolf Woman

Woof, someone throw this one back in the kennel.

Night Warning

A very creepy, well acted horror/thriller with Bo Svenson running around yelling 'faggot'.

The Dead Pit
The Dead Pit(1989)

If anything deserves a whole star for the evil doctor's red eyes looking better than CGI and not being CGI

Stepfather II
½

Such a downgrade no wonder Jonathan Brandis killed himself years later

Madhouse
Madhouse(1981)

What weighs this down is the lack of direction right after the great, great opening. It just becomes too uninteresting and doesn't reach any of its full potential.

The Stepfather

The best thing is that all the would be 'predictable' awkward creepy moments are met with genuine suspense. The pacing is perfect though there seems to be a lot to cover with the stepfather's methods of moving around, finding new families, getting rid of the old ones, adapting and it's spread so well.

American Movie

The people in this movie are so real where they're from they seem like very well written and acted characters. It's crazy, so many funny moments and a time capsule for sure case in point: "It's a new thing from Coke it's called Surge"

Hardware
Hardware(1990)

Even for cyberpunk the cinematography bothers me. Cool soundtrack though but lags around so much

Cat People
Cat People(1982)

An organic feeling horror remake but two things let this slide for being a remake: it was A) made in the 80's and B) directed by Paul Schrader. So in essence, it was made at a time when horror was blowing up left and right, mainstream or not and by a person who took care in the genre both as a film lover and film maker and the latter is what's been lacking lately with horror.

Homicide: The Movie

David Mamet's far too smart for the average moviegoer...in fact too smart for me too, I have to watch this again. Keyword is watch, I know I missed a lot of things and this is all I can tell you about it for now.

Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism)

Capitalizing on the Exorcist has brought this butchered version of Bava's 'Lisa and the Devil'. A very humorous curiosity that's worth a watch.

[Rec]
[Rec](2007)

This and the remake share one big thing in common: They both suck. Less annoying though thanks to the fact that the main character isn't a bubbly, camel-nosed blockhead like the one who was cast in the original. Other than that, the original is guilty of trying too hard to be a 'scary, original' horror film (like most others in the last 15 years). Even though the independents and semi-independents are trying, they're not talented with the genre they love. Sigh....

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino's war movie that isn't a war movie. He instead uses it as a backdrop for a revenge plot replete with historical inaccuracies, anachronistic music choices and some of the most brutal violence ever put on film. And without those three this wouldn't be good. What;s so bad about putting a twist on history? it may be no different than history itself because we all get it text books based on writings or second hand accounts anyways. If there was any sort of gripe with casting let me tell you, it's perfect and for once Tarantino relied on mostly casting very unknowns. And he does extremely well when he;s mostly only ripping himself off and for the first time in his career he balances so many different genres and emotions perfectly in one film. Did you ever think you would tear up more than once during a Tarantino movie? well you might with this and then seconds later you might be laughing at the cartoonish mannerisms of the film's main antagonist: Hans Landa and minutes after that you may be shocked or laughing like a mad man at a Nazi getting knifed in the face through a pillow 6 times. So much to say but I'll leave it at that.

District 9
District 9(2009)

The film's technical style reminded me of Natural Born Killers by intercutting faux documentary with straight cut narrative following a main character as it happens. Also the numerous film stocks they used while seamlessly blending in some very good looking CGI. Sure the story/message of anti-prejudice may not be too special but the way it's applied to aliens makes it so and in a way makes it sadder. I do not care for kids in movies or if they die but for some reason I feel more for a CGI alien child... also there's lots of cool head explosions

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata)
½

Kiyoshi Kurosawa ditches horror and takes on the family unit. Though it's nothing too new, it involves a mother on the verge of a breakdown, a shamed father who's just been laid off and afraid to tell his family and their two rebellious sons it's nice to see a usually horror-orientated director move on to different things. And it's not a bad job he does pull many unexpected tricks and thankfully wrote a movie where someone in the family doesn't have to die at the end for closure.

Walker
Walker(1987)

Alex Cox gets way too much shit for this movie mostly because people can't take their period pieces with intentional anachronisms and historical inaccuracy. Suckers

Dune
Dune(1984)
½

Fuck George Lucas, I'll take this over any of his pussy kid-friendly Star Wars episodes. What a killer cast huh? A slew of Lynch regulars/guests and one timers combined with very cool pre-CGI effects and awesome creature and set designs. All I know about the book is that it's a tremendous undertaking and the film does feel rushed and incomplete but it's still a nice effort.

Conquest
Conquest(1983)
½

This is real shit. Not really but I felt like qouting Windy City Heat. But this underrated Fulci effort is great stuff. If anything it's plain cool from the many creature designs, and the overuse of fog machines (overuse is an understatement). Fulci was at a creative peak with this though and his trademark gore of course is on showcase along with werewolves and yes, even a zombie attack scene. Right in the middle of this movie. It's great watch it now it's one of his top 5 best. Haters be damned

Revanche
Revanche(2009)
½

The main character's 'revenge' isn't a simple plotting then exectuion (though that was his plan) but instead many unexpected forces intervene, not exactly stopping him but definitely making him rethink the entire situation. In the end there's a feeling that he handled the situation in the best way possible, I can say that without spoiling anything either. But also, his revenge might have been met by many subtle understandings as the movie prgresses. I admire the simple cinematography and locations used here but there's still something that screams 'it's been done before'...

Der Todesking (The Death King)

A depressing view into suicide. Though it's by Buttregeit (of Nekromantik fame) it's quite a departure from the rest of his work. Sure it's disturbing but overall you can't help but feel sorry/angry or indifferent (the same thoughts that may arise if say you personally knew someone who committed suicide) for the characters involved. The story is told in a vignette form using instead the theme of suicide as the main focal point and using 7 different characters on each day of the week showcasing their self-inflicted demise.

Funny People
Funny People(2009)

Remember that really bad trailer they cut for this movie? Well fortunately, a majority of the jokes are NOT in the movie. This isn't a Sandler movie or an Apatow movie it's something by itself. Apatow has treaded the dramatic comedy since 40 year old virgin, rolled out a bit more maturity in Knocked Up and now he's finally reached his goal of the perfect balance.

On a another note everyone who complained about this movie's running time, cast, lack of not being enough like Apatow's previous two efforts and the "surprising" dramatic angle, you're all movie buffs. Every single one of you. Overnight. You're all smart about movies great job now run along and review Transformers 2 for it's plot.

Orphan
Orphan(2009)

The last 20 minutes serve as a 'make up', 'apology' or whatever you want to call it for the rest of the movie which would have been great if they didn't rely on good ol' jump scares and awkward moments of nu metal horror.

The end has a good good plot twist, maybe it's been done but it hasn't been overused so it's still a treat.

Made in U.S.A.
½

Most all Godard's take second viewings to get a better perspective to what he's trying to say but with enough research and experience in watching his films you realize his commentary is the same: socialism, consumerism, political... just all done in a different fashion each time. This is quite a take though. Loosely based on an American novel, filled with references to real political figures and the greatest of filmmakers it's something that, amidst all of its hidden meaning and politics is very fun.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Here's the deal with this bucket of Sleestak turds:

The surge of low budget/straight to DVD or modestly budgeted/limited theatrical release horror movies that's been a running fad for the last five or six years are running the genre into the ground.

People don't know what's scary anymore. If it's not a CGI ghost or monster then it's 'real horror' you know like seeing a murder through the camera of a serial killer kind of thing. Save that shit. Seems like no one likes the idea of putting horror to a rest for now until people come up with something that's decent. But since that hasn't/wont happen it's the reason why movies like Poughkeepsie Tapes gets made.

Stop all the nu-metal realist horror bullshit. All the scares are forced for the sake of shock value. But the worst part is the script... and there's really nothing more to go off of. The script seems like it was written by a 14 year old kid who just watched 'SAW' and thinks all of a sudden they can make horror movies... but I wouldn't be surprised if that's who this filmmaker was, just a little older and instead of SAW it might have been 'HENRY'. Point is, watching movies doesn't mean you automatically have the talent to make them.

The Ice Storm

Adults acting as children, children acting as adults, tobey maguire accidentally slipping katie holmes a rufee (something that should have been done a long time ago) but a fine film this is. Ang Lee rightfully dips The Ice Storm into a giant inflatable pool of hurt feelings, sinking morals, and the breakdown of the American family which by the end, tears through the pool itself and floods the backyard, shorts out your electricity, water logs the bottom shelves of your dvd collection and leaves about 2 inches of water damage on your hardwood floors which will probably run you about 5,000 bucks to replace at a home depot.

But enough about sitting through Ang Lee's 'Hulk'.

Nyuk.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And another thing, why would Top Foods charge 8 bucks for a turkey dinner with only three pieces of thin turkey strips compared to the other 8 dollar meatloaf dinner with four slices of thick meatloaf? it's way less food so charge less money. That's just my two cents.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Also, the character development is horrible. There's no balance between characters, especially the bad guys. They show up at the end of all these movies, do something malicious and then leave. If I wanted to see that, I'd just reflect on my days pranking the wiener shack.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Obviously a franchise bent on making money. Not for fans or anyone. The evidence is in the editing and the lack of adapting the necessary elements to make a coherent storyline. You can't leave too many things out, it doesn't make it seem 'mysterious' instead it leaves giant holes and you'll ask yourself way too many "why..." questions.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

The problem with most all comedies nowadays where things drag towards the end, the Hangover has this problem throughout the movie. But it's okay, it's still enjoyable. I also applaud Todd Philips for crediting his own as "A Todd Philips movie" clearly he knows the difference between a movie and a film.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

You know what's really funny? all these goons on flixster who are trying to review the plot to this movie... Anyways if you thought Bad Boys II was the ultimate example of Bay's aestethic you're wrong. Transformers II is his magnum opus chock full of racism, sexism, ultra-patriotism, excessive CGI and quite bunch of potty mouth that you could only get away with in a PG-13 summer blockbuster. If this truly is Bay's last action film he definitely goes out with a bang complete with ideas and shot by shot rip offs from his own filmography that are reminiscent Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. The only 'shocking' thing here is that his style is sloppy and rushed this time around and all those 'hero' shots and melodramatic moments are few and far inbetween. But his slef indulgent use of lens flares outnumbers those in the new Star Trek movie.

This is no means a good movie, an entertaiing one and maybe an important one if only to serve as an example of how to make things look expensive because they are and an ultimate self righteousness that no one should have.

Land of the Lost

Holly: What's that?

Marshall: It's a doughnut stuffed with M & M's so when you finish the doughnut you don't need to eat M & M's.

Auto Focus
Auto Focus(2002)

Loses touch after a bit. At first glance seems like it could hold interest but then you remember how all bio pics about former stars who take in the excesses of fame and end up dead hammer out... and it becomes a chore to finish.

Universal Soldier
½

The holy grail is the acting. The main stars are thick accented and almost devoid of putting emotion into dialogue (naturally) but it works because they may either be part cyborgs or just really brainwashed human beings... as for their roles in the movie they're probably also either one as well.

Drag Me to Hell

Blame the false advertising. Here, Raimi is pulling off what he's been doing with since Army of Darkness and that's using horror as a backdrop for a very funny slapstick comedy. THIS ISN'T A HORROR MOVIE. IT'S A COMEDY. Deny it? how can you when 70% of this movie relies on humor? And it's VERY funny. The dialogue and delivery are awkward, and the reason why the CGI anything in this movie is excusable is because it's strictly for laughs. How else do you explain a floating CGI ghost handkerchief?

All in all this movie can only be truly enjoyed by a person who knows their early Raimi and his intentions. Horror fans who are trying to look at this like a horror movie are fools. See one of the best genre mixing comedies of the year NOW! The only things missing here were a cameo by Bruce Cambell and fart jokes.

Fanatic
Fanatic(1982)
½

It's almost never a good sign when a 5 minute Lloyd Kaufman intro on a Troma DVD is better than the actual feature.

Terminator Salvation

Not worth it to get angry over franchise ruiners anymore like I've stated thousands of times in other reviews for big movies now. I just thought I'd reiterate to make it clear that the things I don't like this movie for aren't because it's unfaithful to the other Terminator movies, in fact this entire film was just a money vehicle that follows T3 which in turn was also a money vehicle and was the catalyst for ruining the continuity in the first place. But my problems lie within basic movie making techniques: editing and direction.

In this case, McG is the perfect man to do such a thing. After all if he's cool enough to make himself an alias that sounds like an STD sold over the counter at McDonald's then his inability to make common sense of a scene in a movie fits perfectly. He goes through the basic motions of trying too hard to make everything look epic, flashy, cool and future-y. Couple this with Christian Bale's presence in which brings one of two things to thought: He didn't seem to want to do the movie OR he really misjudged how to play John Connor. Also is it just me or does Bale's Yell-then-talk softly-then repeat speech pattern make him seem real unstable as any kind of established leadership to fight against a serious threat of deadly robots? I think so.

It gets even funnier with the appearance of Sam Worthington as a half terminator human. When he's face to face with Bale on screen it just looks like a couple of English frat bros took their Friday night kegger into the middle of the Judgment Day battlefield because one spilled beer on the other's Blackberry. The only thing that stopped them from being complete bros with consistent accent breaking were the fact that they traded in polo shirts and faded jeans in for tattered trench coats and fake intelligence. Bravo, McG you've finally made a name for yourself.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

WORKPRINT REVIEW:

You can clearly piece together that FOX themselves probably leaked this work print coincidentally an exact month before theatrical release. Have you heard anyone getting busted or any one even remotely suspected for doing it since? Anyways now that we got FOX's newest moneymaking scheme out of the way let's discuss the importance of the work print.

Important because we see just how much CGI a single action film or film in general now contains judging from all the unfinished effects shots. This provides comedic enjoyment at the highest level. For a little bit we were actually laughing at FOX's mistake....

FINISHED MOVIE REVIEW:

....until FOX's mistake made Wolverine 80 million in its opening weekend. Does this surprise you at all? it did for me. And everyone who saw the work print and saw it in theaters initially bashing it all had the same excuse: they wanted to see how bad the finished version was and make fun of it. Well you guys all got your wish. Congratulations. I don't blame FOX (for now) but I blame everyone who saw this movie. And if you're wondering the joke really is on the audience for the finished film doesn't provide the same comedic effect as the work print for obvious reasons. Except for Patrick Stewart's CGI'd turtle baby face.

Repulsion
Repulsion(1965)

Polanski is no stranger to specific detail and doesn't skip a single thing while depicting Catherine Deneuve's rapidly decreasing sanity. Claustrophobia, sexual repression, social anxiety, and male hatred are all carefully constructed to bring about mental destruction. It's so carefully put together in fact it's almost creepy.

Mikey and Nicky

The title of this film could easily be changed to and work as good if it were called 'Two guys hanging out'. So what better duo than Peter Falk and John Cassavetes? For reasons unexplained Cassavetes has a hit placed on him by his mob boss. He calls for his lifelong best friend Mikey (Falk) and from there, the very beginning of the film, it's mostly them walking and talking around rain drenched city blocks after hours. Through all of this the core of the movie is the exploration of the relationship between these two characters. They show their faults and their kindness to each other but ultimately it leads to reveal the true nature of their friendship which unfortunately is not so good. There's also a moral dilemma with Mikey that follows him through the film since he's suppose to set up Nicky for his execution. A physical representation may be Ned Beatty's hired hitman who attempts to catch them. But when Falk finally makes up his mind it takes a lot of thought from the viewer to figure out if it was the right thing. This is an underrated little masterpiece from the 70's with a perfect cast. It's a layered thinking man's story and a hang out movie all at once.

Monty Python's Life of Brian
½

One of the best ideas for a comedy.

Session 9
Session 9(2001)

Pretty decent if a little cookie cutter but the way it's handled and shot brings a feeling of discomfort and temporary scares.

The Terminator

The glory days of 80's Sci-Fi/Action. Those days when genuinely interesting science fiction concepts were coupled with the kind of violence where not only were the bad guys getting it but every innocent person standing in the way got it too (literally). The limits to James Cameron's technical ego were just perfect also resulting in much appealing stop motion effects and animatronics. Poor Cameron had to make everything practical (the pain he must have felt): the endoskeletons, the sets, the actors. But it all works to his advantage. Superior to part 2, eclipses part 3 and most likely would consider Terminator: Salvation the biggest missed oppurtunity abortion of the franchise.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Not being a fan of a well known pop culture staple has its advantages. For one, it allows me to have no expectations for any feature film that may offshoot from it. Although Abrams is a hack and the script he chose has its cringe worthy parts this is overall a pleasant viewing experience. It's obviously nothing more than thinly veiled strictly-for-the-eyes movie. But the concept of the story is not a complete waste (it centers around alternate universes). But then the weirdness creeps up like when Kirk is told to 'enlist' for Star Fleet in an almost militaristic fashion, or the almost too hard to watch backstories for him and Spock (too hard to watch because they're so....bad). Aside from that it's typical what kind of movie this is: a hip reboot of a popular tv show in an effort to extort money from the general public and what will undeniably dissapoint hardcore trekkies but the many in-series references scattered about will shut their mouths for at least the duration of the movie. Or until they get home and complain about it on the internet and will no doubt buy a ticket to the inevitable sequel a few years later only to do the same thing.

The Night of the Hunter

Mitchum's entire relogious background belonging to his character seems to me a kind of front for an otherwise very charming psycopath. It feels as if he isn't really behind every prayer or bible verse but only using it to get away with his murderous and conniving actions. For film noir, the ending is a little too happy but of course it was the 50's and it is an American movie so what can you expect? But I can imagine if given a darker ending this could have been a perfect film noir with already one of the best noir characters ever produced and pulled off by Eddie Coyle himself.

The Outsiders

Francis Ford Pastaface directs lots of young sweaty hollywood pretty boyz in his no doubt kid like excitement adaptation for the Outsiders. It's not great because nothing he did after Apocalypse Now was. This serves a a good middleground for his glory days until when he really started to fuck up. At least he still has his health...nevermind he seemed to get larger the older he got :(

The Hit
The Hit(1984)

Surprisingly plays out as an existentialist crime flick. Stamp's character fully accepts his fate as a result of his betrayal and patiently awaits to be delivered to his former boss for execution. John Hurt and Tim Roth are sent to collect him and respectively play a quiet veteran hit man and a loose cannon sidekick. Two archetypes which could easily be applied to a buddy cop scenario. At face value you don't get much insight on the characters because its their actions that tell us who they are and what they're like. This is smart character writing. Unfortunately the only thing holding this movie down is the odd pacing/writing. Not the dialogue but where the characters go and how long they stay there. Essentially it's a road movie maybe similar to Two Lane blacktop in a way that the characters are not in any big hurry to actually meet their goals but finds things along the way about themselves that they've just begun to fully realize or what life really means to them but unlike Two-Lane Blacktop where both similarly have characters on the road hanging out in random areas for a good portion of time, The Hit just doesn't click with working this method.

Empire of Passion (Ai no borei) (In the Realm of Passion)
½

Such beautiful photography and gorgeous camera work. Different from other old school Japanese ghost movies mainly because it doesn't rely on the scare factor (in fact you only see the ghost in this film maybe 5 or 6 times very briefly) but the mental deterioration of the man and woman who successfully plot and execute the murder of the woman's husband. That's the real scary part.

In the Realm of the Senses

Very easy to misinterpret. The hardcore sex shouldn't be your reason for watching or not watching this movie. Though it was mostly necessary to develop the characters. If anything this film is a very good example of complete artistic freedom with absolutely no studio interference to cloud the director's vision.

Disneynature Earth

In this new documentary predictably narrated by a deep voiced black man which surprisingly isn't Morgan Freeman this time, Disney shows off all the parts of the natural world it has yet to build an amusement park on (I mean it would be kinda hard to build a Disneyland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean but where there's a will there's a way). Also, there are these things called 'animals' and apparently they co-exist with us human beings. It's very nice that Disney has decided to tell the world about these 'animals'. It just proves that Disney has a heart and I'm glad they're going to make up for all the trees they'll cut down in the future by planting a tree for every ticket sold in this movie's first week run thus not contributing any extra help to nature at all (after all my ticket stub IS made out of paper LOL ;P)

But seriously 'animals'... they're amazing.

Otoshiana (Pitfall)
½

Unlike the straightforward narratives in Rosi's Hands over the city and Schrader's Blue Collar, Teshigahara examines corporate manipulation and corrupt practices of labor unions through the point of view of a ghost. We're never clear on the exact conflict of interest that eventually sees two opposing groups of miners reach a grim conclusion but we're given enough symbolism to piece everything together. Perhaps the man in the white clean suit who does his dirty work through union orders is a reference to the wealth and power of major corporation who keep their hands clean by dirtying those of the honest working man in more ways than one and maybe the ghost of the murdered mine worker's hopeless efforts to solve his own murder by trying to interact with the living symbolizes many of the hard working blue collar workers who are ignored for asking for better working conditions and pay from higher ups who are only interested in pushing their products forward at whatever cost.

Crank 2: High Voltage

Should be applauded for being produced and released at a time when mainstream films of any genre contain too much CGI and abuse a certain formula. Sure, Crank follows a formula too: Sex and violence but it breaks many conventions in a way much like Godard did when he was flourishing in the 60's. This sequel takes everything over the top and keeps pushing til the end when so many ridiculous things are happening you can't help but be impressed. Yes, there seems to be less CGI but yet way more dangerous stunts that in the first one and it's also a fine example of progression.

Lost Highway
Lost Highway(1997)

Lynch is obviously a smart writer. This movie seems impossible to figure out but there's a way. He uses visuals to tell key plot points so characters don't have to say anything plus it'd be weird if they did. Imagine if Robert Blake kept saying "This cabin is a time machine". Anyone dismissing this as a pretentious plotless film, you're just not trying. And that comment would better suit Inland EMpire anyway because that in fact is nothing more than a pretentious plotless fil...movie.

Sex Drive
Sex Drive(2008)

James Marsden puts in the best role of his entire career playing a twenty something predictably closet homosexual overtly macho jock bro-bot. Aside from him and Seth Green's hilarious sarcastic Amish car aficionado and the single reference to Peter Wier's 'Witness' (that alone is worth a star) everything else is too predictable but also boring. There's ways to make it fun but even the way it got boring was predictable. This rating goes for both versions.

Carnival of Souls

A slow moving, atmospheric, low budget horror. The plain settings are draped with black and white, the ghosts are actors with simple white and black face paint and instead of jump scares the film relies on its score to carry its chilling mood. So if you're a fan of horror movies from the year 2000 and up you'll hate this because there's no CGI rollercoasters, over-conceptualized monsters, or jump scares. This film was made at a time when people who cared about the horror genre did it out of love and care.

The Running Man

If only all of Stephen King's works could be adapted like this

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood

I wasn't really a fan of this in the comic book so I was indifferent when Snyder announced that this was going to be produced and included in an eventual cut of Watchmen. Well it's horribly animated and that's pretty much all it had going for it. The end.

Thieves' Highway

Lots of Italian characters talking all Italian doing shady Italian underhanded corrupt business and throwing around their Italian fists played by American actors. Not bad.

Spirited Away

I'm eating my own words now. I hate anime mostly but I didn't realize this Miyazaki flick had the potential to be a good watchable story. It's filled with great character designs since the main character stumbles upon an alternate world filled with creatures and I have a particular liking towards creatures/monsters The other big thing is Joe Hasaishi's melodramatic score. It sure helps to move along the pace and might be the reason why anyone would care about anything in this movie. The score makes the film here.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar(1978)

One of the best movies about the working class and in general that I've ever seen (the other being Barbara Koppel's documentary: 'Harlan County USA'). Schrader for some reason has remained tightly underrated throughout his entire career even though he contributed scripts to Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', 'Last Temptation of Christ', and 'Raging Bull' and has taken upon directing precisely detailed and thought provoking films himself. But such like him are where (most of the time...all the time) you find some of the best works in cinema. Here, Schrader offers some of the best casting ever (and I mean EVER) with Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto (you know the black guy from 'Alien' and Richard Pryor (yes, he's funny in this movie, not serious the whole time!) and sets them against a story of three working class friends who are fed up with the unfair, cruel and degrading conditions of their demanding factory job which in turn just barely pays them the means to survive and support their families. They stage a robbery of a safe at the main office, and they're successful until they find the safe is full of petty cash but something much more important: a notebook filled with pages and pages of numbers anf percentages. Eventually they uncover the corrupt practices of the very own union they've defended and worked for. The movie doesn't lighten up after the fact. It shows how not anyone or anything can bring down a corrupt system. Bonds of friendship are tested, and bought out by manipulation and the corrupt poweers that be go as far as murder to cover tracks. The working man, no matter how much stepped on, when fed up and no matter how of much of an advantage he has over the powers that be just can't win. If the rumored Criterion release is true, I can't wait!

Equinox
Equinox(1970)

Not that bad but there's no need for more than one viewing. The dialogue and acting were most obviously seconded to the special effects which there was not enough of. Not the way to make a kind of movie like that but those things were harder to do back then so meh.

I Love You, Man

You can imagine Ben Stiller playing Paul Rudd's role but the difference is Paul Rudd is funnier and better at improvising. This movie feels like they slapped together a bunch of Apatow's, Human Giant's, David Wain's and SNL's camps with an average script but it's only funny with the people they picked because... they're actually funny people. So there.

The Room
The Room(2003)

Cinema officially begins and ends with this certified masterwork.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
½

It's mostly extremely bad 80's glam rock here but what Sheepris points out is something common within the big rock bands at the time (and big bands in general now): fame and fortune. Yes, you will ask yourself if these people are serious and yes they are. It's ridiuclous but at the same time equally as sad. Every single musician on display refused to believe they'd ever burn out or disappear completely which is just another side effect of the big materialistic picture. Boy were they wrong.

Master of Disaster (The Treasure Hunters) (Lung fu siu yeh)

Shaw Brothers production that combines really good slapstick and really good action. It beats Kung Fu Hustle that;s for sure.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)

No literary work or graphic novel will ever be 100% faithfully adapted into the film medium. If you can accept this then you will have no problem watching this movie at all. And Zack Snyder has no problem using the term 'movie' to its fullest. I'm not the biggest Watchmen fan, I''ve only read it once in the last year and I loved it but I'm not going to pretend I know all the underlying themes and political jabs that Moore was trying to convey. And this doesn't matter at all when you're watching this movie because Moore didn't write the screenplay.

So there you have it. Snyder utilizes 'let's make a movie' and in turn churns out an action version of 'Watchmen'. Every line and panel translated from the book feels like they tried to make you think 'Oh, they put that in the movie, YES!' and it's not even bothersome. Every reference to the book also has some sort of action stigma attached to it as well maybe due to the use of slow motion at any point.

And even the slow motion was okay, yes it was overused, at times absurd but in context with the rest of the movie it fits because things on paper don't always translate seriously on screen. Case in point: some of the spoken dialogue especially: "I'm on Mars".... just trust me when you actually hear it... or maybe it was just bad acting?

Anyways if at any point you get bored during this movie just remember there's gore, tits, sex, and CGI going on in any scene so really you shouldn't get bored at all. This movie was made for a general movie going audience and not for Alan Moore cock huggers who hang off every single pre-cum ink blot that drops from his pen. So all you fanboys shut your mouths, and all you ignorant, loudmouth generally dumb people who this movie was made for you can't say you didn't like anything about this movie so shut your mouths too. Just take your simple action movie with pretty lights and colors, sometimes bad acting, sometimes awful casting decisions, sometimes badly translated dialogue, sometimes gory, sometimes action-y, and sometimes morally enlightening ideas -that even a turd with googly eyes could understand- eye candy and suck on it for awhile.

And why am I giving it five stars? did anything about this movie bother me? Yes but who cares?? this is as good as it's gonna get with a Watchmen movie. I'm not 'throwing in the towel' but rather I'm seeing it for what it is.

You're Gonna Miss Me

Well deserved recognition for a very underrated psychedelic master even if it delves mainly into his sanity more than anything.

The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)

In Bunuel 's wacky take on expressing his disdain for the upper class, the characters here are not able to leave a mansion but it's not because of a natural disaster or because they're locked in it's because they don't know how. The front door is wide open and the outside gate is too but they're too 'dumb' and fearful to leave without someone to pick them up. And this is what these characters are like, they're not so much dumb as they are just ignorant and self centered within their own class to the point where the common mundane rituals of everyday life go way past their heads. This is shown in one of the best moments in the film when having being trapped inside the mansion for a day and suffering dehydration, they break a hole in the wall and burst a pipe for a drink. But not a single one of them takes the time to even walk into the kitchen and pour themselves a glass of water. These observations and lashes against high society are smartly executed and he kills two birds with one stone at the end when, after finally leaving the mansion everyone flocks to the local church... and are yet again unable to leave. I found it to be a real treat that the two things Bunuel hated the most in his lifetime were lampooned in the same film. This is definitely an all time favorite.

The Ten
The Ten(2007)

Some very odd casting decisions and cold turkey skits but there's definitely highlights most notably the entire 'Lying Rhino' vignette which is one of the few moments that fully displays Wain's comedic genius.

Jin yan zi (Golden Swallow) (Mistress of the Thunderbolt) (The Girl with the Thunderbolt Kick)

I can't remember why I liked this movie completely. Maybe if Flixster added it to their database earlier instead of shuffling the 1,000,000+ ratings for 'White Chicks' they would have done things right.

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

I hate Colin Farrell but he makes himself tolerable in this flick and he's also amidst people that can act better than him like Brandon Gleeson and Ralph Feinnes. This movie seemed to be misadvertised as a straight dark comedy but it's balanced with a very serious, dramatic and depressing storyline which is not fully explained in any plot sypnopsis for good reason. Even with all playful humor, the excellent pacing and emotional balance and the gore at the end it's something I'm fine with watching just once or maybe twice a really long time from now.

Les Démoniaques (Curse of the Living Dead, The Demoniacs)

The best I've seen from Rollin so far. Even the though the story is great, the execution is once again on the fence. Since it's Rollin it's visually great but the pacing lags so much at times which is an unfortunate recurring problem with his other films.

A Better Tomorrow

An examination of Woo's style brings to the obvious conclusion that his plots are weak/generic but his bloodshed glorifying action is what makes the most worth. The melodramatic scenes are pretty emotional but they feel sporadically placed. Woo also gets extra points for shooting the Hong Kong cityscape at night (briefly), something I am really fond of in general. Way better than the second one in every way but I did notice the absence of doves... surprising.

Wise Blood
Wise Blood(1979)

Not so much against Religion but this movie is more based around the unhealthy obsessions brought on by strong belief. Brad Dourif attempts to start a 'Church without Christ' gaining virtually no followers and eventually he becomes a somewhat developing figure of evangelism. He does it all without profit which I found was funny since those around him that he's trying to discredit -a blind Preacher and a former radio evangelist played by Ned Beatty- are only using organized religion for monetary gain. What captured me the most was Dourif's acting and presence. A classic example of a complete underrated/unknown actor (even though he was the voice of Chucky) that should have taken off but was overshadowed by talentless pretty boys. What was such an oddity but a perfect choice at the same time was the score. 'Wise Blood' at times seems disturbing but is contrasted by southern twangs and prank worthy banjo tunes. Lastly, I've never been so amazed at such well framed shots, there's a few moments of Mise-en-scene that are just mind blowing. This is a movie where every technical aspect flows together peacefully and the acting, characters and cast accommodate each other accordingly to churn out a seemingly perfect piece of film.

Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert)

I'm glad Bunuel's producer ran out of money to finish this film. The tacked on finale is nothing short of spur the moment creativity that doesn't happen anymore. And as for Bunuel's usual spearing of organized Religion, this is one harsh bite to its vital organs.

Naked
Naked(1993)

Intelligent yet miserable characters choose to do nothing with their lives even though they realize their potential. Instead they choose addiction, sexual deviance and violence in what may be rebellious action or shocking conformity against their crumbling habitat. There's a lot of talking and a lot of understanding and it helps that this movie completely hypnotizes.

The Big Lebowski
½

'Burn After Reading' seems to take a similar structure from 'The Big Lebowski'. Both movies are about mistaken identities and the main conflict stems from a simple misunderstanding. But such a thin plot line is made rich with many moments of subtle humor, well delivered lines, precise writing and a really good cast. Many Coen regulars show up in supporting (Buscemi) and brief (Jon Polito, John Turturro) roles and there's even a few out-of-nowhere cameos like Flea and Aimee Mann. There's no reason for anyone to get hurt, killed, confronted or for anything to even happen but if anything it's just the Coens playing around and it doesn't feel exclusive for just the film makers to enjoy which is an easy mistake to make with movies like this (Oceans Trilogy anyone?) but it's also the best part.

Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City)
½

The title itself sounds and suggests sinister actions as it's a realist insight into corrupt practices by City officials. Everyone works for personal gain and it's not just to put money into their pockets but to manipulate the people for better positions within office. We discover that there are no moral boundaries, sympathy, or even humanistic thought as even acts of kindness by said officials are only to cover up or save their own organizations. It's a very inhuman cycle of power that we witness and it's backed by a wonderful score and actors.

Friday the 13th

This movie really is just a giant advertisement for the inevitable 'Special Unrated Edition' DVD which will probably come out 4-6 months from now. The hard evidence comes from the complete lack of gore (none at all pretty much) and the boredom factor but that's probably due to the fact that this was not well scripted or well thought out. It's safe to assume that every person who likes this movie is generally not respectful of horror or film in general and are probably not too intelligent in life but that's who this was aimed for. It's very safe to say that and if you want proof read every person's review of this movie that gave it three or more stars on this very site. P.S. There's no such thing as a 'good attempt' when describing a remake because it's completely pointless in the first place.

The People Under The Stairs
½

Social commentary up the ass and Mike Craig running around inside the walls. Only thing missing is a soundtrack by Body Count.

Jason X
Jason X(2002)

Putting Jason in space was the only logical solution in moving on with this franchise. Actually that's not true and makes very little sense. But hey, they put Jason in space and since it's already a ridiculous concept they made up for it by having David Cronenberg cameo then get killed in the first 5 minutes and turning Jason into a robot in the last ten. This movie is like Christmas.

Tales From the Hood

Whoever wrote the plot summary on here is a very close minded individual. Combining three things I like a lot: Anthologies, Horror, and black people. There's a reason why there's been nothing like this before and after it came out: everyone stopped trying. The mid 90's were a good time for horror films and this is probably one of the best if not THE best to come out then (next to, in front of or behind 'From Dusk til Dawn'?) It also had the one element most important to a horror film: It was scary but more favorably each story is rich with social commentary from police brutality, child abuse and racism. Somehow it all fuses together quite nicely and leaves disturbing images in your head.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
½

Confusing on purpose. I can't begin to examine this film because right now I am tired but I was visually impressed and genuinely happy to find Gilliam's usual frantic, dark comedic tone. It's also nice that somewhere in the middle key plot points are being told through TV news broadcasts and radio waves so you have to pay attention. So then now, another viewing is essential and by myself so maybe I can figure it out.

Fanboys
Fanboys(2008)
½

I wish parts of this didn't slag. The jokes sometimes were on the verge of completely running out, and a lot of the cameos by various members of the Apatow camp either fell a little short or hit the right notes but not consistently. The Star Wars references are rich and written by complete Fanboys of the original trilogy which I thought was proper for this kind of taking. My only other gripe is that I wish this was more of a diss to the prequel trilogy with more blatant and subtle jabs that completely denounce it altogether. It also seems like the makers were blessed with George Lucas' approval while making this movie which is disappointing.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa(1986)

This is a one of a kind crime film. Bob Hoskins plays a genuinely mean, short tempered, and angry person who navigates freely in the criminal underworld. Without wasting any time we learn that he's ultimately a sad, lonely and desperate loser. He has but a single friend, a daughter he tries to reconnect with after a long absence and he takes a fancy to the call girl he now chauffeurs which leads to an ultimate heartbreaking emotional downfall. This movie is not focused on violence or money or revenge, it's a study of a down and out loser with feelings he has trouble controlling, coming to terms with, and expressing. It's a finely crafted emotional film where the crime genre is used as a backdrop and characters' genuine feelings are exploited. The tone of the film is somewhere between downbeat and an unsureness if things will get better which in my opinion may reflect George's (Hoskins) own conscious. It's damn near perfect.

Bully
Bully(2001)

For the R rated version fuck censorship, because of it, we probably missed out on some sweet rape scenes in this movie. Anyways if anything this movie proves that kids are stupid, lazy and above all stupid. And why isn't Leo Fitzpatrick famous? I want him to be in Clint Eastwood's next movie, the next Indiana Jones, I want his face printed on bed sheets, adhesive bandages, toothbrushes, and I want him to be digitally inserted into every copy of Blade II on DVD. He should also provide commentary tracks for Spike Lee's 'Miracle at St. Anna' be given his own show on the Disney channel, endorse beach towels, and sponsor corn flakes.

Milk
Milk(2008)

On a technical level this movie deserves the fullest credit. I didn't really notice Van Sant's techniques until here. He seamlessly blends scenes shot both in digital and film for what seems to be a random decision and also usefully incorporates stock footage. In addition he uses interesting point of view shots and editing tricks. As a story it's paced perfectly, getting to the point without leaving anything out in a short amount of time -especially in the opening- something very hard to do. Sean Penn along with the rest of the cast are loveable but they're not written as cutesy cheeseball gay boys, they come off very natural as ordinary people trying to live their everyday lives. Lastly the humor is nicely blended against a somewhat depressing story. From Sean Penn's boyfriend hanging himself to Josh Brolin doing the best Ron Burgundy impression since... Anchorman. Overall this is a very honest movie about the gay community that portrays them for what they are: just regular people who face ignorance, hostility and false hatred just the same as victims of racism and other social inequities.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Music Bio-pics are dumb, boring, unimportant, and grossly ego boosting to the fatheaded actors portraying the musicians. So when a parody about a non-existent musician is released by the Apatow gang, naturally it's acceptable just for the sole reason that it's a joke. In addition to its most ensemble Apatow production cast, there's a large amount of subtle and blatant humor in almost every scene which may hit or miss on the first viewing.

Blade II
Blade II(2002)

Next to Punisher: Warzone this is the ultimate comic book jizz fest. The only thing missing from this movie was semen. I don't care when or where or who on but there should have been semen. Every good action movie must have blood AND semen. 'Let the Right one in' you wouldn't exist without this masterpiece, recognize your roots nigga, Vampire tax evasion 2009 you're about to get stizzabed, TWO-THOUSAAAANNNNNDDD!

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

You know sometimes when you watch movies and everyone in it seems cool in some way so you really wanna hang out with them? that's this movie. You know sometimes when your friend dies in a horrible car accident so you exploit it by writing Judas Priest and getting you and 75 of your friends free backstage passes because of it? that's this movie. And it's only 16 minutes long.

The Spirit
The Spirit(2008)

I watched the 'Definitive cut' which consisted of me fast forwarding through an illegally taped copy to watch Samuel L. Jackson's scenes. If you thought he was miscast you're horribly mistaken. Given the inconsiderate approach to this material he's the only good thing about it which is why I gave it 5 stars. I couldn't imagine watching any scenes without him in this movie, so I wont.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

It's a real darned thing when a stoner comedy featuring Asian leads is written by a couple of Jews. But I'm not complaining.

Black Christmas

You know what would really cool? if the characters from Black Christmas switched places with the characters from a Christmas Story. The possibilities are endless: John Saxon trying to solve a murder but also waiting in line to see Santa Claus so he can wish for a new gun, Ralphie making sexually perverse threatening phone calls to his teacher, and we'll see how tough Scut Farkus looks when he's plastic bagged in the attic of a sorority house. Oh yeah you also don't need gore to make a good slasher.

Gomorrah (Gomorra)

I see the purpose of this movie, I know the message, and it's well thought out but even when there's more than a few good things going for a movie like this I ultimately find that overbearing length which leads to boredom are major factors in me not being able to fully enjoy it.

The Pit
The Pit(1981)

Better than Brad Pitt's entire filmography. The illogical actions by the main character make it okay to laugh at people with autism. But enough about Sean Penn. The monsters in this movie look sweet too. They're a cross between Bigfoot and Critters. But enough about Reese Witherspoon without a face (aka makeup). To top it off there's a few prank scenes that make it okay to laugh at people with autism. Sorry for repeating myself I just ran out of things to say. But enough about Boba Fett attending Jett Travolta's funeral.

Friday the 13th

This review is for the full uncut version. Admittedly a Halloween rip off, it surpasses what it was trying to copy. But there's no denying there's a little emptiness and boredom in the film's length. This should have been cut down somewhere in the 80 minute range. As simple and straightforward as this movie gets, it gives an above satisfactory level of seeing people die for the sake of dying.

Hung Hsi-Kuan (Executioners of Shaolin)

Tiger style, Crane style, Tiger-Crane style. It's interesting to notice that sometimes the point of revenge with Shaw Brothers characters isn't to kill their opponents but to cripple the shit out of them. No one can argue with that moral.

8 Diagram Pole Fighter

I watched the final 12 minutes twice. It's the best fight I've seen in any Shaw Brothers movie yet. I like to say call it a kitchen sink fight but in the best way possible. When they bring in the wooden wolf and the Wutai monks who literally start pulling teeth out left and right your mind is just blown. I'm sure no other movie has as much teeth pulling as this.

Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1)

Every single character is mentally unbalanced whether by manipulation or by free will. Above all the violence, the opening cum titles, the all star cast (Tsukamoto and Sabu...) and the fitting camera work, I ultimately found the movie to be sad. The major factors being: The father/son relationship involving Sabu and Ichi's social ineptitude. The movie is pretty depressing actually.

Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)
½

As Integrity once said: Humanity is the devil.

Heathers
Heathers(1988)
½

Heathers is genius. It's a scathing commentary on High School conformity and teen apathy in which both are used to climb a social ladder of acceptance and power. Christian Slater is a walking Columbine who convinces Ryder in eradicating the 'social importance' of the clique she's trying to fit into (or social importance altogether) and it's all done in a dark comedic fashion.

GWAR: It's Sleazy!

An undeniable masterpiece. Never have I been so amused at flubbed lines left in take, background track dialogue and improvisation. This should be inducted into the National Film Registry, recognized by the American Film Institute and nominated in every category for the Academy Awards.

The Brothers Solomon

Maybe the hate for this movie stems from reading too much into it. A lot of people seem to think they're a cinema know it all but they're all too close minded to appreciate the simple slapstick/curved humor here. Comedies are very hard to judge and even to like but when it strikes the right chords you can't deny it did it's job. Whatever it was.

The Scarlet Empress

Marlene Dietrich sluts around in really expensive royal clothing (which does make her look incredible) in a palace decorated with monster statues and a monstrous Russian Empress who only wants Dietrich to mate with her retarded looking son for an heir to the throne. Well, that's if you look past the great set design.

Slumdog Millionaire

I see that a majority of the people who ride this movie's nuts are really focused on the fact that Slumdog is a straight forward love story. Well that's true but what's even bigger and more important was the social commentary on class prejudice. The assumption that everyone is 'uneducated' because they are poor. The simple story is also well developed through creative flashbacks and I love that a British film maker decided to make a movie based in India starring a mostly Indian cast. And I would have given a higher rating if the hand held camera work and editing weren't so modern. Too much shakiness and dumb confusing skewed angles and I have no idea how many times I've said that when it comes new movies. Even sequences which had the most potential for great photography are undoubtedly ruined by said camera work especially the part where Jamal and his brother make a living riding on top of trains and begging for money. Lastly the soundtrack is dumb and distracts from the dramatic effect of the film. It might have fit but it wasn't appropriate and I wonder why they just didn't consistently use the original score which was really good. So there's no real reason to ride this movie's nuts. When it all comes down to, it's as if City of God and the Bourne Trilogy were hooking up for the first time and decided to fore go any sort of birth control.

Cannibal Ferox
½

An exploitation of an exploitation movie. This Cannibal Holocaust leftover is kind of boring and the sleaze just doesn't hold up enough. It needed more but the soundtrack is really jammin

The Kid With the Golden Arm

I am always most satisfied by the indoor exterior sets in any Shaw Brothers movie. I almost prefer them to actual locations. The short running time caters perfectly to the flow of this movie. I'm still so confused on my Shaw Brothers actors, I need to start learning names.

Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao (Fists of the White Lotus) (Clan of the White Lotus)

Would you have ever thought to say about a Shaw Brothers movie that the coolest part wasn't the fighting or the finishing moves but a bathtub? I mean Pai Mei uses the best bathtub I've ever seen in my life.

Let the Right One In
½

Turns out some of the best CGI I've ever seen is in this movie. I almost mistook those CGI cats for really good looking puppets. Maybe they were? The atmosphere and violence were my favorite parts. I could elaborate on my favorite parts of the story but I don't feel like it.

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

The 3-D gimmick wears off about 15 minutes in because with very choppy editing and quick cuts, the 3-D comes off as blurry and boring. They should have opted for the Friday the 13th 3 approach and made obvious still long shots of all the kills. But was anyone expecting anything like that with a modern horror remake? not complaining it was what I expected and I went because I wanted to roam around in a gimmick swimming pool for 90 minutes. But since that wore off a quarter of an hour in, the real excitement and laughter were the black folk behind me giving the sassiest and funniest commentary I've ever heard in my life. The movie may get one star, but the experience gets 5.

Wet Hot American Summer

I would consider Wain a very smart comedy writer. He's not political or interested in getting any important messages across but he excels in a sort of straightforwardness in just wanting to make people laugh. Wet Hot American Summer thrives off of random humor that is perfect because it doesn't stray to the point of being 'too random' (yes that makes sense!) he also relies on classic slapstick, clever puns, and a thing for directing his actors/friends with exaggerated expressions and lingual humor that is pretty hard to explain. I can see why people wouldn't find this funny or great: because they're probably stupid. That's pretty harsh but it's probably true. Wain is original, talented and underrated. And that also means he's too funny/smart for mainstream America but that's okay, because they don't deserve him.

Funny Games
Funny Games(1998)

Long takes are the real focus here because Hanake really wants us to feel the impact of violence on a seemingly innocent family of three. The antagonists we never get a clear history to except they may or may not be drug addicts and they may or may not be from rich or poor backgrounds. This also serves to symbolize that no matter what background or class someone is a part of, they fall to the influence of violent actions equally. The best part is that the characters of Peter and Paul don't actually break the fourth wall. It's a very real situation they're creating even when Peter looks directly into the camera and winks. It's only when the mother shoots Paul that she has truly broken the fourth wall by trying to make an impossible change in a very realistic situation that she maybe cannot accept might be happening. It's hard to explain but my thoughts of it are pretty clear.

Fallen Angels

Asians really love McDonalds. I can also officially add to this to my very slim list of all time favorite movies. I think secretly Wong-Kar Wai wants to be an action director. His hand held, fish eye combination makes for a very intimate approach with his characters (it really does) but it's also cool when through it, we see Tony Leung shooting up an entire room of contracts while blood splatters all over the lens. But what I admire the most about Wai's early filmography (besides the camera techniques) are his blending shots of interiors and exteriors. Characters may be in rooms shuffling about but in the background there's a constant moving and lit skyline. He knows how to shoot a sleep deprived city at night. The tunnel scenes were perfect, I felt like I wanted to be there to experience it all. What else? this movie makes smoking look cool, Wai revisits the expired pineapple motif and the characters suffer heartbreak but somehow remain optimistic. Which may hint that these characters may have the right idea about love and romance: whoever you share it with, it's only temporary.

My Bloody Valentine

I can see why it's underrated but it was doing a lot of weird things that other slashers weren't doing in the 80's. Most notably the documentary feel in the opening coal mine scene and that ruck em' buck em' car race into town set to a wacky banjo tune. I saw the recently released director's cut with all the added gore put back in, it definitely helps as I think this movie works better without your imagination filling in all the blanks. But what I like most about this flick is how it took the completely cheesy concept of setting a slasher around Valentine's Day and working it with a small town and small cast. The setting's and ideas were just right, but hardly anyone cared except for the ones who got it. Basically this movie is kind of like if Harlan County USA was a slasher.

36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang)
½

I found the enormous training sequences to be very motivating. It's very nice when action flicks transcend just action sequence after sequence and contain an underlying message of self improvement. Kind of like how Frankenhooker had an underlying message of being yourself. Kind maybe reading too much into it? meh.

Kramer vs. Kramer

Meryl Streep's a huge bitch.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

Eastwood seems to be trying to craft his dramatic film making skills in his old age. He decided to choose a script with a lot of social commentary and trust me there's a lot in almost every scene. But it doesn't feel like everything's being tightly packed with the lid about to pop off, it's neatly bridged together with Eastwood's developing relationship with the zipperheads that live next to him. Most surprisingly is the fact that all the racial insensitivity is used as humor to shed light on the dark situation. Now that's using your brain.

Back Stage
Back Stage(1919)

The flexibility and physical strain that Keaton and the gang put on themselves just seems unreal but it's interesting to watch. It also reinforces the fact that they did some crazy stuff that far surpasses anything that actors nowadays or computers can accomplish. Much credit is due.

Orgazmo
Orgazmo(1998)

Made up primarily of the comedy I like best: puns, perfect delivery and slapstick. I think only people who are really into Trey Parker will fully understand the humor in this movie. By the way the NC-17 rating is also good for some laughs, just shows the MPAA are a bunch of ass kissing morons who do anything their paychecks tell them to do. Fuck anyone who sympathizes with that organization.

Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde, (Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde)
½

A very misleading trailer leads to an unfunny serious movie. All the while I kept thinking about Dolemite for some reason and how much better it would have been if this story was tossed his way.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom)
½

The 'western' label isn't the only thing this movie stole from America. Along with it goes a horrible soundtrack, camera work and costumes. Whereas you could forgive the stupidly dressed gangs in Western Django only because of my personal opinion of it being a parody/slap in the face of American remakes, it's only purpose here is to make everyone look hip. And if you're not convinced take a good look at Byung-Hun Lee's emo haircut. For an Asian movie, this is too I-want-to-be-American. I gave it the extra half start just to be nice.

Toxic Avenger 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie

I feel exactly the same about this as I do part II. Runs a little too long or maybe just edited a little terribly in the middle.

The Toxic Avenger: Part II

This movie's only weakness is running too long maybe because of the schlocky editing towards the end. There's also quite a bit of PG rated physical and verbal gags but I understand the direction and there's something special when Troma does it. "Was I suppose to take a left or a right at the Panama Canal?"

Nuits rouges (Shadowman)

If given a bigger budget and not television quality film this would be one of the coolest movies ever made. Aside from those simple restraints, this is still a cool crime flick and it wouldn't be as good without it's far out plot or characters. And zombies!

Switchblade Sisters

Girl problem causing girls bring their girl problems into their own gang which results in a 90 minute cat fight over a numb skull greaser guido who's probably illiterate. It's hard to tell whether the 'female empowerment' overpowers the male favored sexism but who cares? that'd be reading way too much into this nicely lit exploitation bong.

Petey Wheatstraw

Makes me wanna pull some graveyard antics.

Seytan (Satan)

Turkish remakes should be judged solely as authentic comedies because they can't really be measured better (haha) or worse than the American movies they're ripping off. Most of the time you can only be amused by the unintentional slapstick bits and mistranslated subtitles. I mean what's more funny than those two things?

Electric House
½

The best staircase prank ever.

JCVD (Van Dammage)

Here's the thing, it's ridiculous to care for actors and actresses especially if you don't know them. In JCVD it's apparent that Van Damme is playing himself but as a character so I didn't feel completely bad for caring since having some sort of feeling or emotion for any character in any film is part of the experience. You could say it's a sob story but stripped to it's bare skeleton it's Van Damme pulling off a drama. I never cared for him and still don't (I don't care about most actors and actresses anyways) but it's nice he's applied himself to a change of pace for once. I also noticed this movie shares some things in common with Aronofsky's 'The Wrestler' : the washed up star, desperately hanging on to an image and ultimately finding out these people have not much importance to the world at all (which is true) in terms of making big changes and differences.

Invocation of My Demon Brother
½

When all other explanation fails, just slap in some images of Satan and the Rolling Stones. Oughta do some thing...right?

Rabbit's Moon

When watching Kenneth Anger shorts, I attempt to figure out what everything means. Soon after I give up but I can indulge in the fascinating visuals and Anger's delightful taste in 50's doo-wop and British Pop. Cheers to pretentious experimentalists.

The 'High Sign'

I've noticed Keaton breaks the fourth wall pretty often but it's not a negative. The cross section set gags and running trap door themes never get tiring.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

There's a lot of predictable situations contained within this film but it's all to flesh out the life of Mickey Rourke's washed up and pathetic character. Aronofsky uses themes he's touched on before such as loneliness, depression and false hope but what we haven't seen before is a decent modern day Hollywood director apply this to a story of an end-of-the-rope pro wrestler. The best parts are all in Rourke's facial expressions, mannerisms and specifically his speech at the end which is almost too hard to watch as he's pouring his heart out to a crowd of strangers knowing full well that the world doesn't give a shit about him. Aronofsky also opted for a semi faux-documentary/ hand held camera look (much like watching pro-wrestling on your television) which is appropriate considering Rourke's stage persona has completely destroyed his real life and this technique is used as a hanging reminder to haunt him for the rest of the film. Glad to see this type of camera work has not been used for disposable fanciness for once (Bourne Trilogy anyone?)

One Week
One Week(1920)

There's much that sticks out in Keaton's shorts, not just the stunts but the ideas and story lines play an equally important role and serve each other to build upon the many mini slapstick masterpieces he's produced.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

Things you can tell by watching this movie:

-Chris Carter had nothing to fill out another feature length X-Files movie but obliged only so to please fans after a disappointing series finale.

-There's nothing but filler in this movie because the plot is equal to a very sub par X-Files episode (not even) but spread too thin and overcompensated by a useless subplot, uncharacteristic sarcasm and questionable humor by both actors and settings.

-Following an unspoken trend with modern movies this sequel makes good on the promise of a very anti-climactic ending which exploits the nostalgia factor of X-Files fans by the late introduction of Director Skinner. But no x-gimmick that Carter could manage to pull out of his ass could have saved it.

-This movie sucks.

Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

One of Troma's best characters (next to Dolphin Man) who happens to be in one of Troma's best in house productions. It nicely parodies the police drama and gets better with multiple viewings.

What Have They Done to Your Daughters
½

A rare Giallo in that it contains very little boring scenes. The sleaze is described in graphic detail almost as if it's pushing for shock value but it only borders along that edge as does the gore. The subject matter, an underage teenage prostitution ring is one of the better story lines that's ever been put to a Giallo thus making this film a highlight of the bunch along with its companion 'What have you done to Solange?'. If only the music was as good but you can't get Morricone to score everything...well...

Kurotokage (Black Lizard)

A psychadelic comic book crime flick. Fukasaku flashes style, comedy, and overall coolness which overshadows a thin plot made even thinner with such a wacky twist towards the end that it's acceptable within the world of transsexual jewel thieves, golden eyed, snake throwing femmes and a detective who disguises himself as a hunchback. I'd like to think of this as a purely free film for it seems to come off exactly as everything it should have been and wanted to be.

Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya)

Nakagawa creates the film's mood by beautifully photographing the environment in which the characters familiarize themselves in. The audience is meant to as well and when the final act begins he turns everything into a dream like hell (just like... Jigoku) when vengeful spirits begin to take shape and haunt the characters who have done evil. And to think, J-Horror has gone from old fashioned imaginative storytelling to haunted cellphones.

The Haunted House

A display of seamless editing, and a house of traps that puts Home Alone (and House of Traps by the Shaw Brothers) to shame. Keaton wasn't just a master of slapstick but also for film and editing techniques. Even if everything's been done and found out since I couldn't help but ask "How'd he do that?"

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The French have perfected the Crime/Gangster genre but the British fucking nail it too. This I'll say is perfect. The criminal underworld that Eddie Coyle is a part of proves that no one is actually his friend and every one of them will snitch/inform for whatever price benefits them. An interesting study crafted to perfection. So much to say but why waste it on a flixster review?

The Shooting
The Shooting(1967)
½

With only a cast of four, an 80 minute running time and Monte Hellman directing this is a near perfect Western. 'The Shooting' seems in a few ways like Two Lane Blacktop. existentialism poured all over a vast empty desert, characters we barely get to know and of course Warren Oates.

Black Moon
Black Moon(1975)

It's not suppose to make sense, it's Malle being completely free and playing around with the concept of film and it's really fucking good.

Convict 13
Convict 13(1920)

I love how no one cared about physical safety in these silent shorts. Buster and almost every other person seem to take hard hits but they shake it off like nothing. Haven't seen anything like it, not even today.

The Cook
The Cook(1918)

Chris Farley seems to have stolen from Fatty Arbuckle but who wouldn't? Well, except for the time Arbuckle was charged with raping an actress with a coke bottle... in real life. though that'd make one hell of a silent short comedy.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I was all for this but my interest soon got lost and all I can really say I liked were all the moments that intentionally stick out which most definitely anyone who's anyone (aka the general American moviegoer) will also bring up because they weren't smart enough to dig deeper. But who can blame them? it's impossible if Fincher is so in love with his storytelling skills that he neglects everyone's interest but his own.

Borei kaibyo yashiki, (Black Cat Mansion)

I'm disappointed overall, unfortunately most of the scary parts came off as funny but the only thing this has going for it is a handful of stylish scenes. And that blue tint in the opening and closing is really fucking annoying. Why not just black and white?

Cops
Cops(1922)

20's slapstick was more impressive than funny, though that's not to say there's no humor that can't be found. Keaton is tight and sharp in his execution and the set up of the chain event situations is very clever.

Jaka Sembung (The Warrior)

The highlight of the fight scenes aren't the action (the gore, yes) but the dubbed whispery crowd vocals that bring much humor. Aside from that, there's much filler to go around.

Breathless
Breathless(1961)

Jean Seberg's French is terrible, Melville's cameo is a cinematic nerd fest and Godard's pretentiousness is self rivaled by his severe use of jump cuts and a very long scene in which Belmondo and Seberg discuss love in her apartment. But it's only Seberg's French that bothered me.

Sorcerer
Sorcerer(1977)
½

Friedkin's remake is more straightforward even after the introduction of the four main characters absent from the original. But he makes up for it by cutting out the obvious things the audience can put together. A great remake, maybe holds tight on the same level as Clouzot's and most surprisingly, it keeps the tension and the suspense that which made the original a masterpiece.

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (4 mosche di velluto grigio)

This film is book ended by a psychadelic musical opening and ends with a really cool car crash that Tarantino probably ripped off for 'Death Proof'. In between there's the usual Giallo staples: an alternating thrilling/boring pace and a flamboyantly gay private detective.

Baak bin sing gwan (Sixty Million Dollar Man)

A great achievement in slapstick foreign comedy. Every wacky idea is pulled off sharply and Tarantino has never been parodied better than right here.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Confined settings, constant tracking shots and color coded scenery are gently mixed with sadism, crudeness and cannibalism. More importantly I think the opening shot with the dogs and the meat is a great way to set up the vibe for the rest of the film.

Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart in Peril

Carrying the tradition of cool second-tier characters and bloodshed, it's good but wears itself out a little towards the end.

Puppet Master

I forgot how unintentionally funny the acting is in this movie. Highly enjoyable even if there's not enough puppet screen time but at least Barbara Crampton gets dirty.

Battle Royale

It's a good thing this is still not officially available in America in my opinion because if it were we'd have a remake by now, a sequel in the planning and many clueless people unaware of the original source material. I found this to be one of the saddest movies I've ever seen due to the character's reactions and involvement with each other.

A Cat in the Brain (Un gatto nel cervello) (Nightmare Concert)

The most unintentionally humorous Fulci effort and it also has the most gore that sometimes is really disgusting looking. But the dramatic angle is laughable and gets in the way of one minor thing: The running time. They should have trimmed 10-20 minutes from this.

Watcher in the Attic (Edogawa Rampo ryoki-kan: Yaneura no sanpo sha)
½

Amazing. This movie is made up of adaptations of numerous Rampo shorts and put together it's a real bizarre sort of masterpiece of weird cinema and one of the creepiest final scenes I've ever seen.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Pretty smart flick, so smart that I didn't understand some of it. That was due to me not paying attention I suppose though it's a very good thing when an intense dramatic spy movie requires your full attention in order for the full effect. I'm a fan.

Jungle Holocaust (Ultimo mondo cannibale) (Cannibal) (Carnivorous) (Last Cannibal World)

Deodato has a good sense of cinematography that fits well with all the exploitative qualities of an Italian cannibal movie which is what makes it a semi-worthy cannibal flick only hindered from being completely worthy due to its lagging pace.

Battleship Potemkin

First movie ever to use color? I'm guessing so. It's a perfect running time for what the film is about and although it's praised as 'great' movie I just think it's good.

Cockfighter
Cockfighter(1974)

So everyone kicked up a storm about all the animal killing in Cannibal Holocaust but why not for this movie which features real cockfighting and lots of dead chickens? But more importantly Warren Oates is a great character study.

Monday
Monday(2000)

This is a simple story done in a perfect fashion. The main character tries to recount what's happened in the last two days of his life. Much commentary, out-of-nowhere ideas and slick editing ensue.

Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter)

Borderline exploitative but there's a nice classy dramatic touch that separates it from the genre. Overall a really good exploration of a very odd relationship.

Funeral Parade of Roses
½

Wonderful. The film interrupts itself at times to interview the actors themselves about their own sexuality while being contained in an experimental bubble reflecting the Director's one of a kind imagination.

The Church (La Chiesa)

Underrated but it's a very worthy entry in the Italian horror genre. Many good ideas and creativity running about.

Bob le Flambeur

My least favorite Melville so far but obviously it must be appreciated for being partly responsible for French New Wave. Maybe this will get better with another viewing

El Espanto surge de la tumba (Horror Rises from the Tomb)
½

Spanish horror has the unfortunate consistency of absolutely getting boring mid-film. At least this somewhat makes up for it by having zombies

David and Lisa
½

A little too ordinary, a little more surrealism wouldn't have hurt

Brief Encounter

British accents are never not funny.

Shogun Assassin

Soundtrack is bangin'. A nice messy edit of the first two Lone Wolf flicks. A bastardization that's welcomed with open arms.

Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria)
½

All the emotion experienced through out the film comes straight from Masina's face. Her expressions go a long way

Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (Kozure Ôkami: Meifumadô) (Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold)
½

The ideas get better but the gore and interest slows

Lone Wolf and Cub - Cold Road To Hell

Let's get one thing straight: skiing was never ever cool until this movie came out.

Las garras de Lorelei (When the Screaming Stops) (Grasp of the Lorelei)

Too bad the movie sorta crashes and burns on the last half hour but it's enjoyable still.

La Saga de los Drácula (The Dracula Saga) (Dracula: The Bloodline Continues) (Saga of the Draculas)
½

Dracula's son is a cyclops. That's enough to make anyone wanna watch this.

Blood Diner
Blood Diner(1987)

This movie has characters that seem like they'd would be really cool to hang out with in real life.

Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen)

Not as good as Pandora but Pabst and Brooks are a great combo.

Chungking Express

Yes, I do like pineapple

Zentropa (Europa)

This is great storytelling. Trier also uses a number of (at the time) unconventional techniques just to mess with the audience.

Fascination
Fascination(1979)

Even if Jean Rollin's movies are mostly all somewhat boring he at least has a good cinematographer so you're not only watching a boring movie but you're watching a boring pretty movie.

Le Deuxième souffle (Second Breath)
½

Ventura and Meurisse. Meville had a talent for picking incredible wet dream team casts.

Punishment Park
½

Could have used some....GORE

Tokyo-Ga
Tokyo-Ga(2003)

Very thankful that Wenders didn't videotape a log being pushed around by water for 20 minutes.

Le Doulos
Le Doulos(1962)
½

Melville's outlaws constantly fill their own world out with backstabbing, violence, and notorious schemes. You can't help but notice how well crafted everything fits together.

Punisher: War Zone

Dominic West, Jersey accents, Italian mobsters, and to top it off throw in some Argento-esque coloring and lots of gore.

Missing
Missing(1982)
½

Sissy Spacek is hot.

Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS

This movie is the martinellis of Nazi exploitation flicks.

That means it's good.

Bottle Rocket

Anderson's first feature is refreshing. Compared to the rest of his stuff, it's stripped down and straight forward which is nice.

Revolver
Revolver(2005)

Uh......this movie made absolutely no sense

Bôkô Kirisaki Jakku (Assault! Jack the Ripper)

Vaginal mutilation as a plot device. And it was sweet.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)
½

Lots of dick jokes and pedo humor. Not a bad mix if you ask me.

The Bad Sleep Well (The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

Mifune brings the house down. Did the opening wedding inspire Coppola's opening for the original Godfather? I can totally see it

Touch of Evil

Aside from the obvious well done writing, editing and shots way ahead of its time, I'd have to say what I enjoyed most was how fat Orson Welles was and how badly "Mexican" Charlton Heston looked.

Sukiyaki Western Django

Tame Miike but I'm under the impression that he was trying to pull a Hollywood remake of a beloved cult classic down to the production value which, even if it wasn't high, looks like it and the cliche dialogue. Perhaps a subtle slap in the face to the current remake trend?

Throne of Blood

Once again, Shakespeare's material is only good when Kurosawa toys around with it.

Kagemusha
Kagemusha(1980)

Pre-Ran practice run.

They Live
They Live(1988)

And there is still no special edition of this fine flick

Dawn of the Dead

A very good remake. It did better with atmosphere than the original and the cinematography did a great deal to help with the depressing tone

Blow
Blow(2001)
½

George Jung had horrible hair

W.
W.(2008)

Funny at times but ultimately boring and pointless. Another sign that Oliver Stone has nothing to do with his time.

The Clairvoyant

There was a gang rape but no gore? what the hell kind of movie is this?

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

Was all that CGI necessary? I loved the ending. I wonder why everyone else hated it.

The Bucket List

Jack Nicholson finally comes of age

Juno
Juno(2007)

One thing: Kimya Dawson sucks.

Wanted
Wanted(2008)

Even though it's self-indulgent cheese factor is unapologetic, there's still something enjoyable about this.

The Brave One

Nicky Katt is hilarious

Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (The Case of the Bloody Iris)
½

I think my giallo days are wearing thin. Wasn't too into this.

Apocalypto
Apocalypto(2006)
½

Mel Gibson knows how to distort history, but more importantly, knows how to party

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces(2007)
½

Giving Joe Carnahan a big budget is like giving Anne Frank to the Nazis

The Bourne Ultimatum
½

I thought by the third installment the filmmakers would have thought that handheld cameras weren't cool anymore. My mistake.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

some unlikeable characters, some awkward writing (straight edge?) not to mention for 'night in the city' movie not a whole lot happened but still, it's cute

RocknRolla
RocknRolla(2008)

Guy Ritchie spins another tale of gangsters, lowlifes, thievery and his awful taste in music but you have to admit it's entertaining stuff.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

No one told me Bill Murray was in this

Little Miss Sunshine

Steve Carell should do more serious roles

Kataude mashin gâru (The Machine Girl)

A little too full of itself at times.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)

Consumerism commentary? nah just a cute cat eyed robot love story.

Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

This movie looks really weird sometimes. Probably the lighting and settings but the structure is cool.

Problem Child 2

They need to make a real part 3 where they bring back Michael Oliver to pull fatal pranks and call it "Problem Adult"

Half Nelson
Half Nelson(2006)
½

Certain Broken Social Scene songs seemed out of place. I love the way Gosling played his character

Badlands
Badlands(1974)
½

Well, now I know where True Romance stole its theme song

Along Came Polly

What can I say? I do love Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Ring
The Ring(2002)

I like it better than Ringu. It actually scared me.

Ocean's Eleven

Soderbergh goes balls out, casts big name actors and blows through a big budget faster than he can snort blow off a mirror.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

I have a major crush on Lizzy Caplan

Pan's Labyrinth

The only thing that stopped me from fully enjoying this was the CGI. A lot of times, it wasn't necessary.

The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji)
½

The settings make this movie seem real chill but only on a visual level (and that's not a bad thing). Each family member is developed well enough for the person watching to form a genuine care for each one

Baby Mama
Baby Mama(2008)

'Bitch I don't know your life!'

The Bank Job
The Bank Job(2008)
½

I'm glad it wasn't just another Statham actioner.

Smart People
Smart People(2008)

Seems like it was made by Alexander Payne

Quel maledetto treno blindato (The Inglorious Bastards)

Whereas 300 mistreated slow motion, it's cool as hell here.

No Country for Old Men
½

Suspension of disbelief works well here.

The Dark Knight

The last 20 minutes is almost unbearable, they also should have killed the Joker.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

I thought Tony Stark had a drinking problem? otherwise, flying to the middle east to beat up bad guys would in fact be the first thing I'd do if I had an Iron Man suit.

Sweet Movie
Sweet Movie(1974)

A real treat. No pun intended.

Haze
Haze(2005)

Fuck the ending.

Ocean's Thirteen

My favorite of the bunch.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

All those Spider-Man 3 references had me laughing hard

Lucifer Rising

Portrays a very natural environment, almost making you feel everything that's on screen

This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (Esta Noite Encarnarei no Teu Cadáver) (Tonight I Will Enter Your Corpse)

Forget the hell sequence, the way he ends up there is the best part

Blues Harp
Blues Harp(1998)

Teeth brushing never looked so good.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

The murder stuff was mindblowing

The Burning
The Burning(1981)

A young Jason Alexander was all I needed to hear

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Penn, Stoltz and Edwards could have been the best stoner trio ever...if they had more screen time

Solaris
Solaris(1976)

More Science Fiction should be like this

All That Heaven Allows

Rock Hudson was such a handy man. Such a strong, gay handy man.

Au Hasard Balthazar

Forget the Donkey being christ, that's some film school bullshit. Humans are animals!

F for Fake
F for Fake(1974)

I wonder if the confusing editing and slagging last 20 minutes were intentional. But with Orson Welles at the helm, it kinda makes sense.

The Thief of Bagdad
½

The octopus pit and the giant spider web is quite possibly the best trap ever devised.

Happiness
Happiness(1998)

I wonder how I would have felt if I had saw this ten years ago

Mysterious Skin

Joseph Gordon Levitt is a dreamboat

The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)

This movie caught heat for "child pornography". Those krazy Germans!

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)

David Lynch's most 'normal' film.

This Is Spinal Tap

Guitar solo played with a violin

Re-Animator
Re-Animator(1985)

H.P. Lovecraft adapted horror comedy high jinks. There's just something humorous about Herbert West's introverted, work obsessed nature

25th Hour
25th Hour(2003)

The return of saturated images echoing back to Clockers. Spike Lee doesn't much focus on race fortunately and instead tells the story of a man who tries to find some sort of redemption the night before he's off to prison.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

This movie makes fun of everyone.

Burn!
Burn!(1969)

I can't tell if Brando had an accent in this movie he also looked pretty haggard

Cape Fear
Cape Fear(1991)

De Niro really takes a beating

Dark City
Dark City(1998)
½

I like it better than the Matrix

The Shawshank Redemption

Damn cats crawling up trees, five times five is twenty five.

Man on Fire
Man on Fire(2004)
½

I used to knock Tony Scott's editing style hard. But then I figured out it was just really cool and I'm a tool.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I'm still pissed at the exclusion of the Easterlings.

The Weather Man
½

I like to pretend that all the scenes where Nicholas Cage gets fast food thrown on him weren't scripted but just happened.

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Rodriguez picked an exceptional cast and kick started the real comic book movie by staying true to the source material

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Apatow's characters and situations are realistic. People talk about and think about most of the same things that his characters do in his movies.

The Red Queen Kills 7 Times (La Dama rossa uccide sette volte) (Blood Feast) (Cry of a Prostitute)

The Red Queen looks like Michael Jackson to me for some reason.

Kaidan hebi-onna (Snake Woman's Curse) (Ghost Story of the Snake Woman)
½

I wish there was more going for this but the very last shot is worth it.

Dogma
Dogma(1999)

Smith makes good use of biblical in joke banter between all these characters. Almost better than what I can do with film references.

Nightmare (Blood Splash)

A weird blend of pure exploitation trashiness, odd dialogue, unintentional humor and very disturbing and serious film making. But most importantly: do you wanna go to McDuff's and get some fish?

Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste)

The back of the box said that "Truffaut is drunk with the possibillties of cinema" in reference to this but in fact it just seems he was slightly buzzed. He should've been wasted.

Tôkyô Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police)

The action was really bad but that's about it. The creativity is out of control and the satirical faux commercials are genius

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)

French people can be mean too. Really mean.

Point Blank
Point Blank(1967)
½

I love the violence in this film. I could go into more detail about the other reasons why I like it but meh.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)

I thought Will Smith did an excellent job in the lead role and Spielberg's directing was... oh wait I'm talking about the proposed American remake.

Bloody Moon
Bloody Moon(1981)

I bought this for $3.00 at Scarecrow. It was a former rental and it had a sticker that said $150.00 deposit. Well, I'm sure everyone who rented it got their money's worth. Just kidding.

Fat Girl
Fat Girl(2001)

Awaiting the day when someone edits the ending to this movie into a gore montage, sets it to a death metal soundtrack then puts it on youtube. Until then...

Don't Look Now

Nicolas Roeg's editing in a way reminds me of Tony Scott. Though Roeg doesn't do layered negatives but the choppiness is there. Also love the screenplay

Chi l'ha vista morire? (Who Saw Her Die?) (The Child)

Something about the way it's shot makes it seem real classy. A favorite giallo for sure.

A Woman Under the Influence

Cassavete's examines a crumbling marriage with many layers and theories to tear into about who's at fault but the most powerful scenes have to do with the couple's children

Mystery Train

Jarmusch's "hang out" movie.

Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?)

Is there anything below the surface of this film? It's slow, it's choppy and the only thing I really liked about it was the closing credits song

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)
½

Being a career criminal, Lino Ventura comes to the eventual realization that, even with a wife and two children, he can't help and is of no use to anyone and can never be. A great character study with a Noir backdrop.

Under the Volcano

Finney is drunk the entire movie. You go from sympathetic to angry because maybe he just doesn't know what's going on.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Some of Smith's best comedic material including: "I think that was Kurosawa's thing, shit going into other shit"

River's Edge
River's Edge(1987)

Teen delinquency scored with thrash metal. Dan Roebuck and Crispin Glover are never tiring.

Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges)

Retitled for the kids: Sexually perverse vampire hotel romp with bomb ass cinematography.

Irréversible

It's almost like Memento except injected with a hot dose of experimental film heroine. And you end up overdosing.

Society
Society(1989)

Talk about originality. Yuzna made a disgustingly enjoyable horror comedy with a scathing message about the high class rich.

Black Sunday
Black Sunday(1960)
½

Bava is a technical genius

Le Corbeau
Le Corbeau(1948)

Someone should poison-pen letter Hollywood. That'll clean things up a bit.

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)

Herzog is my favorite when it comes to hand held cameras. He managed to remake a classic into a far surperior abstract masterpiece.

Zombie Holocaust
½

The high rating I gave this movie is only because of the arm popping off the dummy when it hits the ground from the hospital window.

Night of the Living Dead

I love it way better than the original. Call me crazy.

Pieces
Pieces(1983)

I would have loved for Criterion to release this but Sylvester Stallone's son's DVD company already beat em' to the punch

Dead Alive
Dead Alive(1993)

Imagine if Jackson made this now, everything would be CGI.

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

Without Max Schreck, this movie would be nothing

The Silence of the Lambs

I love to think that after this movie came out whenever someone said 'tuck it in' they weren't talking about a shirt.

Sleepaway Camp

What's a summer camp movie without a slightly pedophilic kitchen cook character?

Frankenhooker

The next evolutionary step in horror comedy was to have a bunch of hookers blowing up after snorting super coke. Maybe Hollywood should have taken note.

I Drink Your Blood

The only thing these sleazy hippies didn't do was register at Evergreen.

The Naked Prey

Pre-Apocalypto manhunt fiasco complete with animal stock footage and rich white men being cooked alive in clay.

Red Dragon
Red Dragon(2002)

Blind woman blow job. How is did this trend not take off in contemporary porn?

Hana to Alice (Hana & Alice)

The bonds of friendship are tested and Hannibal is referenced in the first five minutes. How will it end?

The Tales of Hoffmann
½

If this movie made George Romero want to make movies then someone better show him a movie that'll make him not want to make movies anymore because he is terrible now.

Diva
Diva(1981)
½

Relevant today more than it was when it was made. Though not to be mistaken as a pro-do not bootleg message.

Shussho Iwai
Shussho Iwai(1971)

Yakuza backstabbing and movie theater massacres. And in the middle of it all is the great Tatsuya Nakadai.

Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within)

A great height in story telling. An excellent subject and a great cast.

Burn After Reading

A big deal out nothing sets of a cycle of unfortunate for all involved. Well written.

Vengeance Is Mine

That warm, sunlight bathed image of the eels...I don't know why but I'm really into it.

The Savages
The Savages(2007)

Why Philip Seymour Hoffman cool? because he's not afraid to eat a tuna melt in a neck cast.

Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres)

Melville explores morality, rebellion and emotion amidst the Nazi occupation in France.

Brick
Brick(2006)

I really wish they went the entire film without cell phones.

Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom(1960)

In the end, when he falls in love but knows he can't puruse it because of what he's done and what he is.

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)

I wasn't grossed out or offended but by the end I felt incredibly sad for the characters.

Dead Presidents

The Hughes Brothers stylish mixture of drama and gore makes everything seem so disturbingly real and unsettling. Perhaps they want us to feel like the characters.

Wild At Heart

I'm glad that Crispin Glover and John Lurie were cast in one movie but damn I really wish they could have been in some scenes together.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Another character of Peckinpah's who's down on his luck, miserable and holding on to the any one thing that makes him happy. Of course it's all taken away and no one gets out of it alive.

Sonatine
Sonatine(1993)

The quietness and plain environments represents the emptiness within the main character which, depending on the viewer leads to the most happy ending or sad ending.

Two-Lane Blacktop

Someday I wish to be as free as Taylor and Wilson were in thus flick.

Ms. 45
Ms. 45(2013)

Revenge movies now are so tame. When's the last time you saw one that pulled the 'girl gets double raped on the way home' card?

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Even aliens are susceptible to human greed and power.

Le Notti del terrore (Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror) (The Zombie Dead)

Adult actors who have diseases that make them look like little kids who happen to look like Dario Argento who bite off their mother's nipple in a zombie freudian state of mind was probably a brand new concept at the time this was made.

Autostop rosso sangue (Hitch Hike)

On the road with Krug and Django, a fine grind house gem.

Dolemite
Dolemite(1975)

So...when's Criterion puttin' this one out?

Gone Baby Gone

Weird how Ben Affleck is better behind the camera than in front of it. Who knew?

8 1/2
8 1/2(1963)

Fellini balances playful and dramatic storytelling without one compromising the other. Throw in Mastroianni and Cardinale and you got one beautiful film.

Boogie Nights

For a while this made me paranoid to go into doughnut shops at night.

Magnolia
Magnolia(1999)

One of the few movies that stretch 3+ hours but are paced extremely well. Tom Cruise also accepts one of few good roles of his career here as well

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

Yeah, Hollywood endings can still potentially ruin the rest of the movie.

Mean Streets
Mean Streets(1973)

I never wanted to blow up a mailbox until I saw DeNiro do it in this movie.

Easy Rider
Easy Rider(1969)

Back in the days of New Hollywood when it didn't matter if your cast or director were stoned out of their minds because they delivered great movies by way of free film making. Then Michael Cimino pretty much fucked it all up.

Demons (Dèmoni)

You want symbolism? how about the scene where that guy is snorting cocaine out of a coke can? That's some meaningful shit.

Dawn of the Dead

Romero attacks consumerism in this metaphor heavy follow up to Night of the living dead. Now someone should attack him for making Diary of the Dead

The Last House on the Left

Wes Craven makes the ultimate 'anti drug' statement by following two girls on their quest for weed but end up in the woods subjected to crazy antics such as self urination, rape and disembowelment. Ingmar Bergman would be proud

Hannibal
Hannibal(2001)

So much crammed into this sequel it's enjoyable. You got man eating pigs, Ray Liotta playing a sexist FBI agent, and Gary Oldman in pudding face.

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch(1991)

Alternate tagline: "What's for lunch? Naked lunch!"

Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha (Men Behind The Sun 4) (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre)

Ultimately sad and hard to watch at times. Especially the compression chamber sequence.

Opera
Opera(1987)

There's just a flood of cool ideas here and one of the best death scenes in Argento's career.

Hostel Part II

This is what the first one should have been. Roth ups the ante and stops trying to copy Miike's structure from 'Audition' which is why this one isn't as boring.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Wouldn't have been as effective if it wasn't in black and white. It adds to the rawness of the characters, the acting, the script and the cinematography.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Definitely not Anderson's best and I believe this movie is nothing more but him experimenting with his own technical style. But it's fun to watch especially for the Godard and Fellini references

A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

Leone successfully remakes Yojimbo for American audiences. Though not better, it has its own things that make it enjoyable.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
½

Amazing how this gets a bad rap, it's almost better than 3.

Clockers
Clockers(1995)

Drinking chocolate milk and selling drugs all day. I didn't know it was a harmful living until this movie.

Traffic
Traffic(2000)

This movie falls into a thin blurry line between Soderbergh's indies and his hollywood moneymakers. But the interweaving structure and the writing are what's best. And Miguel Ferrar.

Traces of Death IV: Resurrected

The best footage but not the best music.

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

If it came down to this or Barbet Schroeder's documentary...I'd pick this

Entrails of the Beautiful Woman

A woman, who every time she snorts coke turns into a gore monster. Someone call the good idea police.

Sette note in nero (Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes)(The Psychic)

Looks like Fulci tried to find his way to Bore City but accidentally took a right on Boring Avenue and ended up in Bored Town by accident. Still looks pretty though.

Phantom of the Paradise

DePalma seemed to have no limits of creativity or experimentation when he made this and everything turned out cool. Too bad he's not like that anymore

Tenebrae (Unsane)

Makes my list of all time favorite blood sprays.

Once Upon a Time in the West

So many epic shots from beginning to end. My introduction to Claudia Cardinale, and I still can't get over how beautiful she is!

Night on Earth
½

Winona Ryder at her absolute coolest

Mamma Roma
Mamma Roma(1962)

Sometimes, there's no good outcome ever for any situation. Very sad.

Izo
Izo(2004)

The first movie I've ever seen where it was literally two straight hours of violence. And very bad CGI.

Clean, Shaven

The best thing is, all the technical aspects make you feel as if you're the main character and it's truly unsettling.

A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng)

Not such an original story but a nicely choreographed gangster flick with a touch of spaghetti western. And you can't really go wrong with that.

Spirits of the Dead

I confess to owning this but not having watched Vadim's or Malle's segments. I'm giving five stars to 'Toby Dammit'. Such a playful little short horror film

The Incredible Hulk

It took me approximately 1 hour and twelve minutes to realize the talking horse I was watching on screen wasn't a horse and it was actually Liv Tyler.

The Blob
The Blob(1988)

Fuck the original. The remake is everything 'the blob' should have been in the first place. That includes the casting of Kevin Dillon

Day of the Dead

Bub has one of the those faces I just want to punch.

Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)

A seamless blend of action and comedy with a final duel ahead of its time.

The Wild Bunch

I'm dying to see the 3+ hour cut

Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)

I never expected such a graphic rape scene in 1960

The Vanishing (Spoorloos)

It builds and builds and even though the surprise at the end doesn't last too long, it's well worth it

Down by Law
Down by Law(1986)

Nice to know at one point, Roberto Benigni was tolerable to watch on screen. John Lurie and Tom Waits...you couldn't have a better pair of cellmates.

Burden of Dreams

This is a real 'making of'

The Toxic Avenger

The fact that someone thought of and made this is truly wonderful.

Paura nella città dei morti viventi (City Of The Living Dead) (The Gates of Hell)
½

Ghostly antics are on a roll here. Stuffed cat attacks and a disappearing flame by way of film reversal.

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (The Bicycle Thief)
½

The only way to cheer a kid up after smacking him is to buy him a grilled cheese sandwich at an upscale restaurant. Now that's realism ;)

Poruno sutâ (Pornostar) (Tokyo Rampage)

It rained frogs in Magnolia but it rains knives in this movie. Literally.

Religulous
Religulous(2008)

I used to not like Bill Maher for all the reasons I like him now. His bit on scientology should have been a bit longer

Quarantine
Quarantine(2008)

This movie should bring a new rating scale to flixster that goes from 0 to negative (insert number)

Tokyo Drifter

'Cool' is an understatement

Amarcord
Amarcord(1974)

Italian Porky's as done by Fellini with a touch of art

Meet the Feebles

The subject matter doesn't bother me at all but since its puppets, it was kind of disturbing for some reason

Black Sabbath (I Tre volti della paura) (The Three Faces of Fear) (The Three Faces of Terror)

Drop of water is the best, the other two are alright

The Last Wave

For a while I said 'fuck Peter Weir' then I watched this and he isn't so bad after all. But I still really hate 'Witness'

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

New meaning to the term butt hurt

Don't Torture a Duckling

Couldn't anyone come up with a good DVD cover for this? I mean it's a good movie so it should have a good cover

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

Very underrated for no good reason

Phantasm
Phantasm(1979)

Such a different and fresh horror film. And I mean different.

M
M(1931)

Peter Lorre is a big baby of a man who murders children. Coupled with Lang's expressionist style, child murder never looked so cool

Rashômon
Rashômon(1951)

Anyone remember John Travolta's Basic?

The Royal Tenenbaums

Come to think of it Stiller and Anderson is a weird combo. But it should happen again

Seven (Se7en)

This whole time I thought it was released in 1997. For some reason it's crazy to me it came out in '95

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Good old fashioned storytelling

From Dusk Till Dawn

Funny thing when Tarantino writes a movie but the character he stars as doesn't talk or act like a regular Tarantino character.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Hauer improvised one of the best lines in film history.

Inland Empire

One of the dumbest most ass ended pretentious movies I've ever seen. I'd have been content if it were three hours of those rabbits.

The Prowler
The Prowler(1981)

Slashers used to be cool

Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper)

Second favorite Fulci. He was on top of his game when he made this one

The Thing
The Thing(1982)

A good example of a remake. The creature design is off the hook

Deliria (Bloody Bird)(Sound Stage Massacre)(Stage Fright)
½

A lot to be stoked about but mainly the killer wearing an owl mask and a cool bisection

Drillbit Taylor

Seth Rogen what were you thinking?

Phantasm: Lord of the Dead

Kid actors are never good. This is no exception.

Killing birds - uccelli assassini (Zombie 5: Killing Birds)(Dark Eyes of the Zombie)(Raptors)

It's a real shame. They could have done a lot with this one. But at least there's always 'Bird School'

Cannibal Holocaust

Don't care if it's somewhat overrated, it's great

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)

Don't think I didn't notice that one gang named 'Satan's Mothers'

A Better Tomorrow II

Before John Woo came to America, he still had some cred

The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)

My favorite Fulci. That little bowl hair cut kid can be a handful though.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

The VHS I had wasn't subtitled but it didn't stop me from liking it.

Wild Strawberries

Lesson learned kids: do not waste your life

Brain Damage
Brain Damage(1988)

There's a thing of grape drink on the main character's fridge.

El Topo
El Topo(1970)

Full of so much symbolism I don't know where to start

Santa Sangre
Santa Sangre(1989)

I might like the movie poster a bit more than the film.

Deadbeat at Dawn

Jim Van Bebber looks a bit like Phil Anselmo

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

I didn't know they could do the color in a black and white frame technique so long ago.

Gimme Shelter

Mick Jagger at times, looks like Jar Jar Binks

The Wages of Fear

The tobacco blowing away. My favorite scene.

Lady Terminator

I love it when other countries rip off big time American movies. They usually do good sloppy jobs.

The Harder They Come

I tried to watch this without subtitles but only lasted five seconds

Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches)

I'm giving five stars to the 1968 version just for the William S. Burroughs narration and the Jazz score. Four for the original.

Alphaville
Alphaville(1965)

Sci Fi done French new wave style.

Weekend
Weekend(1967)

Breaking norms, car crashes and cannibalism.

Suspiria
Suspiria(1977)

Argento goes color crazy

Pickpocket
Pickpocket(1959)

Bresson has a knack for picking very pretty female leads

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

I would love to remake this with the Tiki House kids

Once Were Warriors

You guys remember when Lee Tamahori got arrested for soliciting sex?

Tetsuo: The Ironman

Only an hour long but keeps an intense and uncomfortable vibe that keeps your eyes open

The Beyond (...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà)

Slag pacing but very entertaining. What may be more entertaining is the hilarious music video that Necrophagia made for a song based on this movie

True Romance
True Romance(1993)

Brad Pitt's character should have his own spin off movie.

Léon: The Professional

The development of Reno and Portman's relationship is the main thing here

Eraserhead
Eraserhead(1977)

The lady in the radiator.

Five Element Ninjas (Ren Zhe Wu Di)

Can anyone make an action flick this exciting anymore?

Bad Lieutenant

Harvey Keitel jerking off in front of a rolled down car window while an underage girl simulates oral sex. That's all you need to know.

Do the Right Thing

By the end of the movie, Spike Lee is so far up his own ass that he doesn't realize what's right or wrong

Videodrome
Videodrome(1983)

Long live the new flesh

Undertow
Undertow(2004)

Very tense and personal.

Punch-Drunk Love

Fortunately, the one time Sandler decides to do something good it's with Paul Thomas Anderson

Dancer in the Dark

The very last scene... :(

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

This movie made me start my own fight club. But instead of fighting I just watched Fight Club. And I was the only member.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Forget Flags of our Fathers this is way better and not boring

Coming to America

Eddie Murphy's best movie

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

Creative and honest.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

My favorite of Wook's Revenge Trilogy. It's just a bummer and never lightens up.

9 Souls
9 Souls(2003)

Perfectly crafted tragedy. I've never been so sad during a movie.

Snow Angels
Snow Angels(2007)

Sam Rockwell takes the cake.

Written on the Wind

Damn, technicolor is pretty.

This Sporting Life

Short tempered Richard Harris

Scorpio Rising

One of the best compilation soundtracks ever put together.

À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul)

I like the whole Ze Do Caixao character altogether. Such a fleshed out personality. And he loves to eat lamb

Fires on the Plain (Nobi)

Made me wanna grow a beard...and maybe become a cannibal.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)

Perfectionist film making? or obsessive film making?

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Talk about a circus. The production of this movie was out of control. I would have loved to experience it though.

Curtains
Curtains(1983)

Someone needs to put this out on DVD. NOW!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

My favorite Apatow production.

Blast of Silence

Allen Baron plays the main role so naturally.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)

Who decided to write dialogue for the cameraman? bad decision

There Will Be Blood

On the list of unlikeable characters that are likeable, put down Dano and Lewis. Hints of Days of Heaven and uncomfortable building tension culminates in a Kubrick-esque ending

Dead of Night (Deathdream)

Another example of how good horror movies can be

The Steel Helmet

You don't need three hours to tell a good war story

The Darjeeling Limited

My favorite Anderson film. I connect with this one better than I have with his previous efforts.

Rambo (Rambo IV)

The return of the good ol' fashioned American action movie.

Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer

An unflinching look at the life of a serial killer. Everything seems genuine.

White Dog
White Dog(1982)

A great metaphor on racism. Good thing Spike Lee didn't write or direct it.

Rushmore
Rushmore(1998)

A movie about fucking up and not staying down. Obviously with artsy and stylistic smothering by way of Anderson

Sideways
Sideways(2004)

A good, maybe scary look at what's it like to be middle aged and miserable.

Eastern Promises

Glad to see someone made a mob movie not about Italians for once.

Miracle at St. Anna

I wonder if this movie would have gotten as much bad reviews if it were titled "Chocolate Giant" ????

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

The entire film flows perfectly. The camera lingers, the lighting sometimes flares and obscures the frame but everything feels natural

Yukoku
Yukoku(1966)

Mishima is an interesting person

La Semana del asesino (The Cannibal Man) (The Apartment on the 13th Floor) (Week of the Killer)

I thought this was a good psychological trip just veiled as a low grade slasher.

Eyes Without a Face

A great example of how great the horror genre CAN be. But no one ever tries anymore.

Tropic Thunder

This was the perfect and clever comedy I've wanted all summer.

Thank You for Smoking

Slap in the face to both sides

Short Cuts
Short Cuts(1993)

Huey Lewis and a cameo from Julianne Moore's vagina

Brute Force
Brute Force(1947)

Good, tough, dirty prison flick

Secret Honor
Secret Honor(1984)

It's no 'secret' that this is sort of a boring movie.

Mr. Freedom
Mr. Freedom(1970)

America for Americans!

Hamlet 2
Hamlet 2(2008)

Pam Brady wrote it. No wonder it was funny.

The Furies
The Furies(1950)

Well acted family drama/western. Walter Huston looks like he could have done some slapstick comedy if he wanted to.

Dan in Real Life

Thanks to the misleading advertising I held off on this but not for too long. It was surprisingly good.

Young Mr. Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was nothing more than a courtroom joker

Pineapple Express

Greene really knows how to blend genres and balance them perfectly. So many golden lines and good action.

Hot Rod
Hot Rod(2007)

My kind of humor.

Blades of Glory

Mormons don't make good comedians. But I'm just talking about Jon Heder mostly.

Shadows
Shadows(1959)

Wonderful characters and acting, and cast and film making. How can one not like John Cassavetes?

Brand Upon the Brain!

Guy Maddin constructs cinematic carnivals. But sometimes the rides break.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

A little too cheesy for its own good but the antics level is gold.

Doomsday
Doomsday(2008)

Directors who take pride in blatantly stealing so many other movie ideas and putting their own twist on it (Tarantino) can sometimes produce highly entertaining flicks.

Street Kings
Street Kings(2008)

Was waiting for Keanu Reeves' trademark "whoa"

Death Race
Death Race(2008)

I like it though not any more that I like the original.

We Own the Night

Joaquin Phoenix may have fingered Eva Mendes in the opening but everyone who watched this movie got there wallet fingered in a very bad way.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

At least it tried to fix the mistake the first one made but it looks like a made for T.V. movie

Step Brothers

Sleepwalking and attempted murder have never been funnier.

Africa Addio (Adios Africa) (Africa Blood and Guts)
½

Cut twenty minutes out then give me a death metal soundtrack and narration by Kevin Spacey

The Grudge
The Grudge(2004)

Portrays all Asian males as short tempered cat murderers. Couldn't be more correct. (I actually like the movie)

The Element of Crime

Von Trier should take a class on film pacing.

Nashville
Nashville(1975)

I wasn't paying full attention but I was mesmerized by Ned Beatty and Elliot Gould

Diary of the Dead

Someone curse George Romero so he can't make movies anymore. Or just decisions in general.

The Happening

For a one trick pony, Shyamalan should have left making movies seven years ago

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

Apparently, Adam Sandler hasn't messed with a good script in a while either.

The Orphanage

Give me a break. How about a Spanish horror movie not about a ghost kid?

Postal
Postal(2007)

Trashy trash. Not fun, or funny, or even that offensive. This movie is light.

You, Me and Dupree

Watching this movie is like trying to carve the Sistine chapel on a pumpkin. After a while you just give up.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

I used to love it, now I can't stand it.

Semi-Pro
Semi-Pro(2008)

For something that was rated R, starring Will Ferrell and had to with basketball, you'd think it would have been funny.

Eagle vs Shark

Talk about sloppy. This movie is nothing.

What Happens in Vegas

Lately, I've seen a lot of movies where secondary characters should have just taken over. In this case, Rob Corddry is always welcome to step all over Ashton Kutcher

Bangkok Dangerous

Nicholas Cage's acting might be so good that he can act bad and no one would notice. Or may be he's a bad actor? I don't know and I don't care anymore

Lions for Lambs

Wow. Incredibly dumb movie.

300
300(2007)

Was this a comic book adaptation or a Nike commercial?

King Kong
King Kong(2005)

Oh god. Perfect example of why few directors should be given a chance to do anything they want after making lots of money for a movie studio

Mirrors
Mirrors(2008)

Kiefer Sutherland battling a spooky ghost for two hours. In theory it sounds good but...

My Best Friend's Girl

Kate Hudson is so cute I could throw a brick at herchest and not feel bad.

Frontier(s)
Frontier(s)(2007)

The French make good art house and apparently they are really good at ripping things off

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

What if all that vampire really wanted to do the whole movie was just go to the dentist?

Mission: Impossible III

Philip Seymour Hoffman can do anything. Including overshadowing Tom Cruise. Which might not even be hard to do.

Fargo
Fargo(1996)

Who else can provide such a darkly comedic backdrop against a depressing loser of a character like William H. Macy's? The Coens!

Munich
Munich(2005)

Honestly all I cared about was the gore and nudity.

Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey

Would love to watch this movie with a full length ambient score by Burzum

L.I.E.
L.I.E.(2001)

As eomtional, disturbing and unforgettable of a movie this is, I will never EVER forget the scene where Paul Dano is eating a gigantic plate of pasta.

Bamboozled
Bamboozled(2000)

Spike Lee is most of the time up his own ass. No difference really with this movie but I found it to be very sad

The Man Who Wasn't There

Or "1940's road head" starring Scarlett Johansson and Billy Bob Thornton.

Boyz n the Hood

How did Ice T go from this to 'Are we there yet'?

Bad Boys II
Bad Boys II(2003)

Michael Bay usually never makes a film less than two and a half hours. This should have been a start

Frailty
Frailty(2002)

Come're demons!

Return of the Living Dead Part II

The first and only use of a Michael Jackson zombie

Five Deadly Venoms

This movie should have raised Iron Maiden awareness in film. Imagine how much better Titanic would have been if every died inside of an Iron Maiden instead of an iceberg

I Heart Huckabees

four stars for the movie but ten for the footage of Russell yelling at Lily Tomlin.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Alec Baldwin's ten minute cameo rant is foreshadowing for the unforgettable angry message he left his daughter on her voice mail a few years ago. Both are gold.

Collateral
Collateral(2004)

The city at night. Something I always love but kind of hard to pull off. This is perfect.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Nice giant fat stack of character development pancakes.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

This movie is responsible for me loving film.

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams(1994)

A great effort. I like films/documentaries that take years to complete. The progression of the two kids is well edited and told

In the Mood for Love

Practice breakups and close ups of roasted pork. But enough about my ex wife

Days of Heaven

Richard Gere used to be cool. This film is proof. And that other guy who looks just like Denis Leary looks like Denis Leary

Deep Red (Profondo rosso)

That puppet sequence must have been so weird to watch back in the day.

Man Bites Dog

A take on violence and media obsession. But the only thing I learned is that you can literally scare an old woman to death and critique an eleven year old girl on her future oral sex skills and it can be funny.

Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion)

The fat pedophile with all the cats should have had his own movie. Maybe a slapstick comedy that maybe could have just been a subplot within this little treat

Perversion Story (Una sull'altra) (One on Top of the Other)

Sexy and colorful. Rare terms to describe a Fulci movie

If....
If....(1968)

Rebellion by way of growing a mustache. I wish I could.

Pickup on South Street

Richard Widmark is one handsome devil

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

This movie made me want to be a cake decorator

Dead and Buried

Best special effects ever

Mystics in Bali

Entertaining, though it's no Lady Terminator

Spider Baby
Spider Baby(1968)

Jack Hill does the 'crazy family' before Hooper. And definitely before Zombie...ugh

Windy City Heat

Should have been a theatrical affair. It's so funny

The Passion of the Christ

Deserves five stars as an action movie, but one star as anything else. And for an action movie, it's also kind of boring

The Game
The Game(1997)

It's all Sean Penn's fault

Le samouraï
Le samouraï(1967)

Melville is one hell of a goddamn filmmaker

Once Upon a Time in America

Sure wasn't enough rape scenes in this movie.

Network
Network(1976)

"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore". One of the best movie quotes ever but I never hear it

Sex & Fury
Sex & Fury(1973)

So stylish and cool. And Christina Lindberg!

Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)

Good old fashioned American filmmaking

House of Games

Mantegna as a trickster. Mamet's movies have strange acting and directing but maybe the more it's made to be a movie makes it seem more genuine

The Sinners of Hell (Jigoku)

I love it when Director's put there vision of hell on camera. This is probably my favorite so far.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

One of my all time favorites. One of the few films I knew nothing about when watching and it had such an impact.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Interracial romance in an honest and heartbreaking/warming light

Natural Born Killers

This is really a big huge drug experience put on film and it lasts for the entire duration. Oliver Stone you genius

The Sword of Doom

Way too underrated for a Samurai film

RoboCop
RoboCop(1987)

Mmmm that's good satire

Detroit Rock City

The perfect 80's movies about the 70's but made in the 90's

The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena)

The Spanish really know how to churn out some real gems

Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs(1971)

Reveals an unfortunate truth within the male mind of "what makes a man"

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

I'm sure that Rob Zombie tried to make all of his movies as "raw, real and in your face" as this but he obviously failed.

Ikiru
Ikiru(1956)

Some films are just untouchable. This being one of them.

La Haine
La Haine(1996)

Expresses it's title very well

My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux)

My absolute favorite Godard/Karina film. Ever. Hands down.

The Third Man

The final part in the sewer...oh man

Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)

First of its kind and very effective plus Vera Clouzot is beautiful!

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud)

Undoubtedly one of the coolest movies ever made.

La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

I still have no idea what it all means but the green tint and camera work makes it out to be like some dream

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage)

Argento crafted an exceptional giallo without relying on much blood and no gore.

Nekromantik 2

...and the same person had the balls to make a sequel

Nekromantik
Nekromantik(1987)

Someone had the balls to make this

The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)

With a new face, Tatsuya Nakadai just looked like a Japanese Abe Lincoln.

Street Trash
Street Trash(1986)

As much as Lloyd Kaufman hates Muro, he can't deny this is a very good movie.

After Hours
After Hours(1985)

Structurally perfect for a comedy set in one night.

Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)

Not all ghost stories can/should be scary. Some should really pack on the moral and emotional value like this little tub of film ice cream.

Contraband
Contraband(1980)

Gore, action, sleaze, Italian. Golden recipe.

Stephen King's 'Thinner'

i love how they portray the stereotypical jolly fat person. And Joe Mantegna makes things better by overacting

George Washington

Gordon Greene does southern melodrama

Blow Out
Blow Out(1981)

Looks like Brian DePalma is up to his old editing tricks

Ran
Ran(1985)

I only like Shakespeare when Kurosawa does it

3 Women
3 Women(1977)

The whole movie looks like a dream.

L.A. Confidential

Love the straightforward violence and brutality. And Danny Devito!

Hard Rock Zombies

A masterpiece that could only be made in the 80's

Bright Future

I was expecting the main character to stick a jellyfish in someone's mailbox as a prank

Le Cercle Rouge

For a while I was thinking about all the mud that Alain Delon tracked in his brand new car.

Duel to the Death

Would have enjoyed it better if the transfer was really bad and had even worse dubbing

Traces of Death II

Too much car crashes, but not enough gory car crashes.

Capturing the Friedmans

Pizza Party or Prison? How about a Prison party with Pizza?

Apocalypse Now

Art and real life spilling all over each other. Dennis Hopper was sooo stoned.

Los Ojos azules de la muñeca rota (Blue Eyes of The Broken Doll)

Paul Naschy is a regular working man. Reference to the scene of him without a shirt on.

Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)

The only thing missing here is a break dance contest between Fassbinder and El Hedi Ben Salem

Traces of Death

Again, if the narration wasn't so cheesy It'd be disturbing.

Sisters
Sisters(1973)

Cake got wasted

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Morricone's 'The Trio' is probably the best score ever set against an epic standoff

Cure
Cure(1998)

Very impressive for the Horror/thriller genre. Though it came out 11 years ago, it's better than every horror movie that's come out in America since

Seiju Gakuen
Seiju Gakuen(1974)

Cinematography is off the hook

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

Bill Paxton at his greatest

Demon Wind
Demon Wind(1990)

Much unintentional humor

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, brothers??? it works!

Bad Timing
Bad Timing(1980)

Art Garfunkel is a terrible actor and Harvey Keitel's accent is very bad. But it's still good

All the Real Girls

I especially loved Green's style in this film.

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)

I didn't recognize Jeanne Moreau and Jean Gabin is semi charming

Slacker
Slacker(1991)

I'm on the fence with Linklater still I didn't think this was that great but I love the concept

Traces of Death III

The host/narrator is ridiculous and if it wasn't for him and all the gnarly death metal, all the (real) gore footage would just be disturbing rather than cheesy

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

Silent autopsy. I scored this short myself with a death metal riff

Schizopolis
Schizopolis(1996)

I wish something this weird would come out these days. It was only 11 years ago!

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Would love to see this on Blu-Ray and I hate blu-ray

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

Most offensive Troma movie and probably the last

Predator 2
Predator 2(1990)
½

Better than part 1

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)

Not enough of a "Spike Lee Joint"

Blood Diamond

I wish they would have just renamed this movie "Bud diamond" and turned it into a stoner comedy

Noriko's Dinner Table

May be better than Suicide Club

The Strangers

I don't understand how this is a full length film.

King of New York

Steve Buscemi sorta disappeared after the first twenty minutes.

Night and the City

"You slit my throat for a thousand quid!"

Metropolis
Metropolis(1927)

Ahead of it's time definitely.

Blood Simple
Blood Simple(1984)

Gnarly editing. Loren Visser is one the best villains ever.

The Heartbreak Kid

Too bad Carlos Mencia had to be in this movie.

Southland Tales

A big mess. And I'm not just talking about Justin Timberlake's hair.

All About Lily Chou-Chou

A depressing, long, drawn out coming of age story

White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)

The cinematography and set pieces really help enhance this simple (and very heartbreaking) love story