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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★★

    Fear is a strong emotion, I recall as a teenager walking the curvy serpentine road that led to my home one afternoon when out of no where a speeding car came barreling round the blind corner barely missed penetrating my flesh with its grill! Eyes growing ever wider.. I pretty much had that startled look of a deer caught in the headlights down pat! Left me breathless, the pounding of my heart was mind numbingly loud! Even as I succumbed…

  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★★★

    I absolutely adored this film! So much so clarity and focus escapes me and I am having about as much success at relaying my thoughts in a thoughtful manner as someone trying to wrangle a herd of cats! I must admit I have not read the book and after doing some research online I no longer have any intention of doing so, for that story reduces this wonderously enigmatic mystery into fodder for sensationalistic journalism like CourtTV! I'm thankful for…

  • Blue My Mind

    Blue My Mind

    ★★★★

    Having a whole day to ponder Lisa Brühlmann directorial debut I've come away with a whole new appreciation of the film and more importantly for this exciting new director for it truly captured those treacherous years of transition from child to young adult! It transported me.. kickin and screamin mind you back in time and smack dab in the middle of that minefield and I couldn't help but wonder how anyone survives these tumultous times!

    To some degree we had…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    My god how does one even begin to unpack and decipher Paul Schrader's film! I've gotta start somewhere so lets deal with the religious aspect of the film! This film would have been right up Ingmar Bergman's alley! This story is a soul shattering attempt at reconciling ones religious beliefs with the newfound reality present in the world as we know it today!

    Church is no longer a sanctuary, a place of hope or salvation! It is no longer an…

  • A Boy and His Dog

    A Boy and His Dog

    ★½

    Movie Request Hotline! A Boy And His Dog requested by Mikey

    The one downside to offering and agreeing to review films submitted to the Movie Request Hotline boils down to the fact you can't bail out no matter how offensive a film may be! This film has forced my hand, I will be adding a disclaimer shortly!

    The film is a misogynists dream come true! Women are an expendable commodity, she exists for no other purpose than to be a…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    This was Stanley Kubrick's 4th feature film he was only 28 at the time, I repeat he was ONLY 28! Let that sink in for a moment! I'm in awe.. the level of maturity, wisdom, experience and directorial prowess were well beyond his years!

    The top military brass in the film really chaps my hide! Generals whooping it up in the lap of luxury as they nonchalantly send their men to their deaths knowing full well it was a losing…

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★★½

    Movie Request Hotline! As Above, So Below requested by Michael Sutton

    Director John Erick Dowdle's thoroughly disorienting Found Footage film that I found to be a physically and mentally exhausting experience (it sent me spinning like a top) for both the cast, crew and more importantly the audience! A truly claustrophobic affair scurring through the endless tunnels and secret chambers strewn throughout the catacombs riddled with the bones and skulls of millions of lost souls beneath the streets of Paris…

  • For Those in Peril

    For Those in Peril

    ★★★★★

    Recovering from a month long movie challenge watching random films that for the most part have served their purpose by allowing my brain to chill and simply hang around for the ride! Nothing came close to knocking my proverbial socks off at least not until this morning that is! Initially I had pooh poohed it and debated on whether or not I should stop the film and find something else to watch!

    Luckily my brain is on holiday and anyone…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★★

    Extended Directors Cut! Having seen every version of this masterclass of horror cinema the one thing that continues to impress me isn't how truly horrifying the film is.. and it IS! But that he was able to slip in some of the most obvious non mainstream film sequences that were as nasty as they were disturbing and more befitting a grindhouse feature! Then he had the audacity to peddle it to mainstream audiences no less, the fact he wasn't hung…

  • Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot

    ★★★½

    #31 of 31 - HOOPTOBER 5.0 : We Don’t Need A Stretcher In There We Need A Mop

    A film that has vastly improved over time! When it first came out I recall that I couldn't wait to see it even in a sanitized environment such as a made-for-TV miniseries! Sadly I came away extremely disappointed! I lay the blame on myself due to my youth and unobtainable expectations! Having witnessed Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre ballooned my expectations ultimately…

  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    ★★★★

    #30 of 31 - HOOPTOBER 5.0 : We Don’t Need A Stretcher In There We Need A Mop

    Many believe this is the forefather of Frankenstein! A remarkable Silent film that lives up to its reputation! One of the unexpected joys to be had was the romance blooming between the two lovebirds Knight Florian and Jewish maiden Miriam! Extremely well done with actors that were exceptionally expressive! I could feel their hearts beating as one all the way from here!…

  • Macabre

    Macabre

    ★★★½

    #29 of 31 - HOOPTOBER 5.0 : We Don’t Need A Stretcher In There We Need A Mop

    The Only thing that outshined this delightfully dark horror entry was William Castles Modus Operandi promoting the film! He was a real showman! Handing out $1,000 Lloyds of London Insurance policies to moviegoers! To capitalize on that he staged Nurses (Fake Nurses) in the Lobby at said Theaters! Sometimes parking a hearse at Movie Theaters, other times going as far as sealing…