Movie reviews. Short and sweet.


Hostel: Part II (2007)

I came for Tarantino, but Slovakian folk dancing kept me for the duration. Unfortunately this is hardly more than a mediocre slasher flick although it does boast at least a couple scenes that are memorable. Horrible ending however, even by genre standards.
June 4, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Vastly superior to its offensive previous installment, Darkness does a better job eschewing scenarios that require logic or coherence, and so is less blatant with its (still copious) plot holes. But for the cynical franchise grabs, I genuinely enjoyed its syrupy, empty calories.
May 24, 2013

The Killer Eye (1999)

The Killer Eye doesn't actually kill anyone, it just sort of .. does sex on them. That, he does a lot. Of it's 72 minute runtime, probably 35 are absurdly long scenes of young women rubbing eyetentacles on their nipples, or men rubbing their tummies. It is what it is.
May 20, 2013

The Wrestler (2008)

Didn't get the attention it deserves. It's not a male version of "Black Swan", it's a far better film. An interesting and mature study of the glorification and celebration of violence among men as entertainment and its costs. Rourke gives a raw, visceral performance.
April 13, 2013

Big Stan (2007)

Imagine Let's Go To Prison, as a straight-to-DVD release, with Rob Schneider, and every part of the movie that isn't a rape joke replaced with a rape joke. One of the only movies I feel like I could go lower than 0 on.
January 21, 2013

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Blair Witch has the discipline and patience to invest in its characters rather than cashing in credibility for cheap startle scares like its modern day copycats. The extra time spent on authenticity allows the earthy simplicity of the found footage format to shine.
October 29, 2012

The Avengers (2012)

It didn't give me syphilis, probably. Things happened. There were noises and huge flying space alligators. Who cares? Harmless, vapid, blustery and stupid with the occasionally entertaining joke usually leaning entirely on the natural charisma of Robert Downey Jr.
June 16, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Fincher proves once again just how good he is at crafting dark, moody crime thrillers; he's at home here, and it shows. Daniel Craig is solid, but the real winner is Rooney Mara who absolutely nails it as Lisbeth Salander. I eagerly await the sequel.
December 22, 2011

Contagion (2011)

Deliberately paced, reasonably well acted and authentic feeling enough to strike a chord . Perhaps overly optimistic about the human race, but still effective and interesting.
October 16, 2011

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