Sunday, November 4, 2012
Phenomena (1985) Argento - 9/10 : A girl has a special connection with insects; a quality that comes in handy when she withstands a series of attacks.
the Brood (1979) Cronenberg - 9/10: Psychotherapy and homicidal mutant children will ruin your life!
Tetsuo: the Iron Man (1989) Tsukamoto - 8/10: I don't claim to know really what is going on here, but a man with a metal fetish becomes turning into a metal machine to hilarious and often disturbing effect.
Argo (2012) Affleck - 8/10: Political thriller about getting 6 Americans out of Iran by using the guise of a sci-fi film production team.
Christine (1983) Carpenter - 8/10: A nerdy boy loves his car so much. And apparently the car loves him back and won't let anyone get between them.
Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) Woodberry - 8/10: LA Rebellion film about underemployment and the effects on self-worth and relationships.
Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Chbosky - 8/10: 90s coming-of-age story dealing with depression, homophobia, molestation, and general feelings of being an outcast.
Pet Sematary (1989) Lambert - 8/10: A family moves to Maine, next to a busy road and a cemetery that has powers to bring the dead back to life - just not the same as they were.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2004) Kim - 7/10: Two girls return home from a mental institute only to be tormented by their stepmothers and some ghosts.
Cabin in the Woods (2012) Goodard - 7/10: Meta horror movie where a group of friends who fit the archetypes (The Slut, The Jock, The Fool, The Nerd, & the Virgin) are unknowingly placed in a scenario where they have to fend for their lives.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) Ceylan - 7/10: A group of men go searching for bodies around the countryside, and along the way discuss matters of getting older.
Ballerina (2009) Normand - 7/10: Documentary about 5 Russian ballerinas working at the Kirov.
Taken 2 (2012) Megaton - 7/10: Liam Neeson has to kick so much ass again, when his family is taken yet again...
Deathdream (1974) Clark - 7/10: A young man comes back from Vietnam - as a zombie!
the Paperboy (2012) Daniels - 6/10: Campy white trash mystery-thriller. Maybe trying too hard to achieve camp factor that it doesn't work...
the Innkeepers (2012) West - 6/10: Disappointing follow-up to House of the Devil. These ghosts are slow and boring.
Wuthering Heights (2012) Arnold - 6/10: Depressing love story of two adolescents in the English moors. He's black, and her brother drives him away. As adults, Heathcliff gets his revenge.
Pontypool (2008) McDonald - 2/10: Movies based on radio performances = so boring! I couldn't finish it, and it is a rare occasion when I turn a film off.