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reviewed Centurion. December 23, 2011
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Centurion, a Roman empire epic set in Britain in 117 AD, has many of those qualities we see in the best of this genre: A plot line as empty as Gladiator’s; self-polishing abs breast plates for all …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. December 10, 2011
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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Seeing as the American remake of the international blockbuster “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in the horizon, I figured I should finish my coverage for the films based on Stieg Larsson’s …
reviewed Salo. November 13, 2011
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**** out of ****     Some films make you happy, some make you sad; quite a few leave you sappy, others leave you glad. Film is a visual medium meant to entertain. I'd say it's filled …
reviewed The Beyond. October 25, 2011
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Movie poster
**** out of ****     How can something as violent, gruesome, disgusting, and relentlessly grotesque as "The Beyond" also be so mysteriously beautiful? As a film directed by Lucio Fulci …
reviewed Phantom of the Opera (1998 movie). October 25, 2011
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Phantom of the Opera (1998 movie)
*1/2 out of ****    It's awfully difficult to see passion in a film project when the filmmaker behind it wrongs more than he rights. Such is the case with Dario Argento's adaptation …
reviewed Shigurui: Death Frenzy Complete Box Set. October 23, 2011
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Shigurui: Death Frenzy Complete Box Set
I've seen a little over 100 anime titles since I started watching anime in July of 2002, and Shigurui is one of the most violent and psychotic I've seen that doesn't spiral into cartoony schlock …
reviewed Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai). October 13, 2011
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Seven Samurai
"What's the use of worrying about your beard when your head's about to be taken?"    Is it just me or does Akira Kurosawa always managed to have some blundering loud …
reviewed Chasing Amy. September 25, 2011
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Chasing Amy
**** out of ****     Kevin Smith is not a filmmaker. He isn't even a director; yet, he's always been labeled as one. Perhaps this is because he's the one behind the camera, "directing" …
reviewed Cinema Paradiso. September 17, 2011
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Cinema Paradiso
**** out of ****     Cinema begins with a childlike fascination and only ends when all lights turn out and all dark corners have been explored. Film is an everlasting, inspiring art; …
reviewed Eden Lake. September 10, 2011
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Dvd cover by Dimension Extreme
*** out of ****     "Eden Lake", like "Saw", "Deliverance", and many others before it; is marketed and consistently labeled as a horror film, but feels more like a thriller than a …
reviewed Four Flies on Grey Velvet(4 mosche di.... August 30, 2011
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Four Flies on Grey Velvet(4 mosche di velluto grigio)
** out of ****     There are moments where I love Dario Argento ("Deep Red", "Suspiria", and "Phenomena") and then there are also these little moments where I just don't ("Inferno"). …
reviewed The Counterfeiters. August 17, 2011
The Counterfeiters
The Counterfeiters tells the story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a professional criminal, a master counterfeiter and a Jew. He winds up in a brutal Nazi labor camp because of all three.   …
reviewed The New York Ripper. August 06, 2011
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New York Ripper
Zero stars out of ****     Violence is not anything remotely new when it comes to Lucio Fulci flicks, or me. I'm used to the concept of violence itself; and most of the time I don't …
reviewed Peeping Tom. July 18, 2011
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Peeping Tom
**** out of ****     When Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" first released in 1960, it was the unfortunate and melancholy end of a great filmmaker's career. But if there was ever a great …
reviewed Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. July 13, 2011
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Based on the third novel of Hideyuki Kikuchi's popular series, this film evokes the milieu of its source material with greater accuracy than Toyoo Ashida's 1985 adaptation of the first novel. …
reviewed Black Christmas. July 13, 2011
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Black Christmas
***1/2 out of ****     Who says all Christmas movies need to be sentimental and sweet? "Black Christmas" is a rather tasteless holiday outing that is perhaps only tasteless because …
reviewed RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne. July 04, 2011
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RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne
I first read about Rin back in late January/February of 2010, shortly after spending a handsome amount of money on other anime titles. After reading about the plot and its content, I was really mad at …
reviewed The Lives of Others. July 01, 2011
The Lives of Others
"Did you know that there are just five types of artists? Your guy, Dreyman, is a Type 4, a 'hysterical anthropocentrist.' Can't bear being alone, always talking, needing friends. That …
reviewed Inside (2007). June 20, 2011
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Inside (Unrated) (2007)
**** out of ****     What you expect to go into a horror film is to be terrified. Sometimes horrified. Sometimes amused. Sometimes disgusted. I don't go for all of those reasons, but …
reviewed The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010 m.... June 20, 2011
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2010 movie)
I recommend this second film in the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and the other two as well. Of course the book is far better than the film. This is almost always true because the book has more details, greater …
reviewed Tales From Earthsea. May 25, 2011
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Tales From Earthsea
Tales From Earthseais a film that is loosely based on a combination of plots and characters from the first four books in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series.  The film was directed by Goro …
reviewed Oldboy. May 23, 2011
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**** out of ****     Few films go as in-depth into the concept of revenge as Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy" does. There are so many revenge films out there to the point where every one …
reviewed Tenebre. May 17, 2011
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** out of ****     There's always a speculation that an author gets their ideas from somewhere; from someone, and from something. Horror novelists, such as Stephen King, for example, …
reviewed The Orphanage. May 17, 2011
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The Orphanage
**** out of ****     We ask a lot out of the horror genre and the filmmakers involved, and often get nothing in return. Remakes are not what we want, and neither are meaningless exercises …
reviewed Requiem. May 14, 2011
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*** out of ****     "Requiem" is a rather ingenious and intelligently plotted little drama that also doubles as some sort of horror film. It starts and ends as a drama, yet it brings …
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