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  • Director's Cut

    Director's Cut

    ★★★

    Penn Jillette sure cooked up one killer idea for a crowdfunded movie where an actress is kidnapped by a deranged backer. Unfortunately, a group of hackfrauds from Milwaukee, Wisconsin just barely beat them to the punch with a similar concept and killed any interest by potential distributors to pick it u . He shouldn't be mad at them though; I probably would have never even heard of this without our good friends at RedLetterMedia.

    Beyond the easy Mr. Plinkett comparison…

  • Certain Fury

    Certain Fury

    ★★★

    First two-minutes: "Aw man, legal drama? Not my cup of tea."

    After first two-minutes: "Jesus Christ."

    Certain Fury opens with a bang it can't quite maintain over the course of itself - a wildly graphic courthouse shootout which leaves two troubled youths on the run, accused of violence they did not commit. It's a modern day Thelma & Louise that explores female solidarity in the face of terrifying reality more effectively than many modern movies which boil these themes down to…

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  • Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa

    Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa

    ½

    The End of Evangelion of Christmas movies.

  • Ju-on: The Grudge

    Ju-on: The Grudge

    ★★★★

    A grueling gauntlet that introduces a sprawling cast whom are each equally helpless to stop this curse as the last. Despite the obvious repetition within the story, Ju-On: The Grudge never wore thin on the patience of this Western viewer no doubt thanks to the eccentricities we've since come to expect from Asian cinema. Though the appeal of horror for me is more often about our capability to overcome insurmountable situations, Kayako embodided death itself and the outcome felt thematically inevitable.