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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Get Out (2017)

An American horror directed by Jordan Peele, starring Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener.
A young black man goes with his white girlfriend to visit her family. The family has black slaves who act very strangely. As the main character is discovering the situation, his friend in the city figures it out as well, based upon a picture that was sent.
This was alright. The plot was interesting and held my attention. The main character reminded me of a classmate from school. I think the acting was done pretty well, though. The video was very typical of new films in general and especially of new horror films. The audio was mixed quite well. I could hear all of the dialogue and the music was at correct levels in relation to it. What we have here is a prime example of my adequate rating. It's a fine film and there's nothing wrong with it. There were even some good elements. It just didn't go that extra little bit to make it really good. You might want to check it out.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When a Stranger Calls (1979)

An American horror thriller directed by Fred Walton, starring Charles Durning and Carol Kane.
A mysterious man calls a babysitter. Turns out, the kids are dead. He is locked up, but escapes. The police look for him and he calls the same babysitter when she has a babysitter watching her kids.
Lackluster doesn't even begin to describe this. The plot was extremely predictable and there were only a few moments when I didn't know exactly what would happen next. The characters were drab and dull. The killer attempted to show depth by looking in the mirror and crying naked, saying he didn't exist. Whatever. The video was very much of the time and very straight forward. It just showed what was happening, but not in a bad way. The audio was a little off in the beginning because I couldn't hear what the man was saying through the phone. The opening scene was iconic, but it went downhill from there. Overall, a mediocre movie. I rate it tolerable. If you're trapped in a room and there's nothing but a player and this...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Annoying (2015)

A Canadian music documentary directed by Zoran Maslic.
Music videos of a gutter punk duo and interviews with one of the members detail the trials and tribulations of life on the streets in Canada.
AMAZING! Thank you, Nate!!! As the plot develops, it reveals deeper depths of addiction, homelessness, childhood abuse and neglect. The characters are as unique as they can be. As I watched it, I wanted more and more to play bass for their band because they are outcasts, misfits and red-headed stepchildren like myself. The video featured mainly interview and musical performance footage. This was inter-cut with appropriate B-roll of the city, mostly at night. There was also some skateboarding involved. The audio featured some of the best music of the genre, but I suspect that the performers know a very limited number of chords and progressions. Overall, exactly the musical hobo documentary that I wanted and it gets as gritty as possible. I rate this best. WATCH IT!!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Lords of Salem (2012)

An American horror written and directed by Rob Zombie, starring Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace and Meg Foster.
A disc jockey is Salem, Massachusetts is abducted by a coven of witches to bear the son of Satan. Her co-workers and a history researcher try to save her.
This was pretty cool. I liked the lighting and camera-work most, but that's later. The plot was a Rosemary's Baby knock-off. The characters varied from alright to good. Lighting was amazing. There were dark scenes, but I could still see everything quite well. Framing of shots seemed a little center-oriented, but was still amazing and the camera movements happened at the right times, right places and in the correct directions. Audio was pretty good. There were some grating sounds, but those were obviously intentional. I could hear all of the dialogue too. Overall, a good film for horror fans and those who enjoy Rob Zombie's work. Apparently, I have reviewed none of it, so it will be on the way. I rate this awesome. Watch it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

God Told Me To A.K.A. Demon (1976)

An American crime thriller directed by Larry Cohen.
A police detective is investigating a series of multiple murders in which the killers' last words were always "God told me to."
"Jesus! Did you see what GOD just did to us, man?" - Gonzo, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
This was so '70s. The plot ran like any other detective flick until the last few minutes. The characters were stereotypical of the time and genre. Video was just as grainy and gritty as expected. Audio was typical of the time. My main problem with this is that it was so predictable. If you've seen one '70s detective flick, you've seen them all. Guy gets into the case and is told he is overworking, needs to go on vacation. neutral color suits as far as the eye can see. Overall, I was definitely unimpressed. I rate this tolerable. You should not watch it if there are other options available.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cabin Fever (2002)

An American horror comedy directed by Eli Roth.
A group of college students are vacationing at a cabin in the woods. They encounter a sick man whom they set on fire. He falls into the water supply and they get sick.
This is pretty standard for the horror genre. I thought it was unoriginal and banal. The plot had a few unexpected twists, but was uninspired in general. The characters were so stereotypical and shallow that some of them could have been animatronic and nobody would have known. Of all the humor in this, the only funny joke was a guy swallowing a harmonica. The video was over-done in a cheesy way that was almost entertaining. The audio was decent and I could hear everything at the proper levels. Overall, the modern equivalent of cheesy '80s horror, but with less style and originality. I rate it o.k.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Shallow Grave (1994)

A British crime horror directed by Danny Boyle, starring Kerry Fox and Ewan McGregor.
A trio of roommates have their new fourth renter die. In his room, they find a suitcase full of money. They bury him and sink his car, but criminals are after his money. The roommates also begin to quarrel over the money.
This was an odd film. It started off like a comedy, but got dark and dangerous as it went. The plot definitely held my attention. The characters were written and acted well, except for Kerry Fox. It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode in which Jerry and George are having trouble writing for Elaine in their TV pilot. The audio and video were expertly done. The re-occurring spin shot of David was strange until the end, when we find out why his head is on a white background. The opening narration by Ewan McGregor reminded me of Trainspotting for a very good reason. Overall, weird British cinema that Americans can understand. I rate this good. You should probably watch it.