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The Eyes of My Mother (2016) review

Posted : 1 year, 1 month ago on 10 May 2017 07:49 (A review of The Eyes of My Mother (2016))



Directed by: Nicolas Pesce
Written by: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Kika Magalhaes, Diane Agostini, Paul Nazak, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green, Flora Diaz, Olivia Bond and Clara Wong.
Distributed by: Magnet Pictures

Plot: A young woman is left to fend for herself in the isolated countryside after the death of her parents and slowly sinks into madness and depravity.

The Good:
-Beautiful black and white cinematography.
-Excellent acting.
-Suitably disturbing while still maintaining a sense of genuine emotion.

The Bad:
-So ugly and unsettling that most viewers will never care to see it again.
-A bit short.

All In All: This one is worth a look for the horror fan with well-tested nerves who is looking for something different and original. Those who can look past the disturbing content will find a surprisingly classy, mature and heart aching film that falls just a little short.

My Rating: 7/10


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Great POV Horror

Posted : 2 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2015 04:32 (A review of Exists (2014))

It's funny. I am not a fan of The Blair Witch Project at all, but I've enjoyed everything else I've seen from Eduardo Sanchez . I honestly think he's one of our generation's most underrated horror film-makers and this little flick is no exception.

POV films about Bigfoot have been in abundance for a few years now, but most of them have been extremely low-budget and either very campy or purely awful. Exists seperates itself from the pack as the first great POV film about the topic for several reasons.

First being that it understands that it is nessacary for the audience to actually SEE a Bigfoot in a film about Bigfoot. And this film did it right, it shows just enough glimpses throughout the duration of the film, and goes full force at the end. Thankfully the effects are pretty good, and the creature is actually very menacing. Which is a mean feet for a Bigfoot movie. The noises the monster admits are bone-chilling enough by theirselves to send one into a corner.

There's some good suspense scenes, the acting is decent, the characters are loveable and it's just a solid little horror flick. Very pleasently suprised by this one.


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Overrated, But Good

Posted : 2 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2015 04:30 (A review of The Orphanage)

After being somewhat dissapointed with one of Guillemoro's other Spanish films, Pan's Labyrinth, I steered clear of this one for a while. But after enjoying some of his American endeavors I decided to give this one a try. And although it's certainly a good film, it's not a "MASTERPIECE!" as everyone claims it is.

Maybe it's just me, but this film just didn't satisfy me. It's not very original, as it borrows elements from a plethora of American films ranging from Friday The 13th to Poltergeist, and feels more like a thriller than a straight-up horror picture.

But when it comes down to it, there's not alot of things that are really wrong with the film. It's engaging, the script is good as is the acting and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. There's a few really intense scenes, and it ends on a beautifully emotional note.

It's defintely worth seeing, but something about it just didn't completely win me over.


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Purely A B-Movie

Posted : 2 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2015 04:28 (A review of Knights of Badassdom)

This film looked like alot of fun and at the end of the day that's all it is. A great film to kick-back with some fellow horror buddies, load up on pizza and have fun with.

It's funny, at times quite bad-arse and purely campy.

It also features a great cast, which is part of why the film works as well as it does. Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Jimmy Simpson...even the supporting actors are perfect for their roles. A film like this hinges on it's cast, and this one worked splendidly.

Unfortunately not everything works. Some parts of the film are just way to cheesy to work and the special effects really weign in some places. Especially the ending, which features a pretty fake-looking monster. But I do have to applaud the director for not using CGI and actually attempting to put some soul into the effects.

It's not a complete home-run and it will never be confused for high art, but it is fun, funny entertainment. Sometimes that's enough.


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Dissapointing, But Not Without Merit

Posted : 2 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2015 04:24 (A review of As Above, So Below (2014))

I know it's stupid to put your faith in an Oren Peli production but I really had high hopes for this one. And while it's not AWFUL, it's not very good either. It starts out pretty good.

The opening scene is well directed, and sets the stage excellently. The film's attention to detail and ancient history is also fascinating and keeps the viewer engrossed. It also takes a while for the outright "horror" stuff to begin. The sets and locations keep things creepy though, and for awhile it almost feels like you're watching an Indiana Jones flick.

Sadly, once scary things begin happening the film takes a nose-dive. Indeed, the cliched jump-scares, stupid character desicions and ominious noises start kicking in and the whole thing begins feeling like all the other generic big-studio horror flicks we've seen in the last few years.

While arrogant protagonists are common-place in the genre the lead character here is so stupid that it's not funny. Don't get me wrong. She's a likeable character, but her overly driven sense is a little off the wall. Even the dumbest characters from all the horror movies last year put together don't make as many plainly idiotic descions as this girl.

There's a few creative scenes, but most of them were shown in the trailers, and the rest just isn't good enough.

I suppose you could do alot worse with a few hours of your time, but you could do so much better.


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Not As Sharp As Hoped

Posted : 2 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2015 04:21 (A review of Tusk (2014))

What can I say? I love Kevin Smith. I'll admit the guy hasn't made a good movie in years, but a true fan always hopes. And the premise of this film is brilliant. It's wacky, unconventional and just the kind of thing you could see a director like Smith pulling off.

Sadly, this is still not a triumphant return for him. The film's biggest problem is it's un-even atmosphere. Sometimes it feels like a Tarantino film. While that may be dandy for others, it isn't for me. I don't enjoy watching films that constantly feel like they're in the middle of an identity crisis. This film goes from being fairly disturbing, to laugh out loud funny, then snaps back to a totally surreal crapstorm and ends in a tonally confused sputter. It's sad, because there are glimpses of brilliance here and there, and this film could have been so much better.

The best aspect is easily the acting. Justin Long delivers quite possibly his best performance yet, Michael Parks is great as the unhinged maniac and Johnny Depp totally steals the spotlight in every scene he's in.

This film is worthwhile watching just to see what a "Human Walrus" movie turns out like, but Smith still isn't back on top of his game yet.


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Broken review

Posted : 4 years, 10 months ago on 25 July 2013 10:05 (A review of Broken)



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A Classy Little Horror Flick

Posted : 5 years, 9 months ago on 31 August 2012 05:38 (A review of The Howling)

If you're expecting a big fest of werewolf carnage and bloodshed than you'll be highly dissapointed by this creepy horror film.

Based on the book of the same name The Howling tells the frightening tale of Karen White, a news reporter who's traumatizing encounter with a serial killer leaves her more than a little mentally unstable. Her psychiatrist reccomends she spend some time at "The Colony", an experimental living grounds that he created. While there she discovers the horrible secrets that those who live there are hiding, which tie in with her encounter with serial killer, Eddy Quist.

Those who watched Joe Dante's later films (Gremlins, The 'Burbs) may be expecting a fun, fast paced special effects extravaganza. While the effects are excellent, real werewolves don't show up until you're well into the film. Not to say the rest is boring by any means. Horror film fanatics with a love for fantastic directing, classy acting and spooky atmosphere will be plenty entertained. And the finale well pays off for any dissapointment you may have reaped from the first half.

Give it a try, young or old. If you found it dissapointing the first time, try it again. I did, and loved it more than ever.


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Midnight Movie review

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 3 July 2012 05:18 (A review of Midnight Movie)

Sure, it's B-Grade, the killer's costume is awful and the acting isn't particularly good. But why do we need any of that in a slasher? Since the days of Scream the slasher has been my favorite sub-genre, and finding fresh new entries can be hard. That's why I was delighted to discover Midnight Movie.

The film takes it's time establishing characters and showing off it's creepy story. Speaking of which is quite interesting.

When things do pick up, they never stop coming. The gore is delightfully over-the top and the slightly stupid characters make for speedy, fun deaths. Unlike many others, I had no irks with the killer's weapon and thought the setting was brilliant.

However, MM is not for the feint of heart. Beforementioned gore and a helping of scary atmosphere and set pieces make things rather horrifying for the typical slasher fan. So proceed with caution, oh weak stomached viewers.


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Glen Morgan, what have ye done?

Posted : 5 years, 11 months ago on 3 July 2012 05:11 (A review of Black Christmas (2006))

Being directed by Glen Morgan, director of the wonderful 2003 horror remake "Willard", I knew BC couldn't be taken seriously. It's about a grown man, who lives in walls and has yellow-skin that butchered his abusive family on Christmas Day. Now his old house is inhabited by prissy sorority sisters and he still resides in it.

After hearing all the negative press I was slightly skeptical of the film, and with good reason.

It's not the story or acting I dislike. It's the style.

From the beginning, the film is told in such a way, that it's difficult not to fall asleep. The kills are bland with few highlights and EVERYONE is so annoying you'll be rooting for the killer.

BC had potential, but it turned out to be stupid and boring. Don't dare watch it.


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For sure dude always looking out to see what others have seen and if they are worth seeing or just good sitting in my waiting list lol
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Hey there, thank you for Sempiternal recommendation on my 2013 music list. I'll check it for sure. Have a nice day !
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Thanks for comment on my music diary. I understand that about my commentary on the War Is The Answer - Five Finger Death Punch :) I didn't write that singers who shout, don't have the talent. On the contrary, I think that the singer of this group has a great voice. I understand that in singing like this about express emotions, and I respect that :] Just as you wrote, this music is not for everyone. I'm still trying, but I prefer the calmer sounds :] I think I'm getting really old...
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I updated the list "Cinema & Its Bullshit" mentioning some reasons to why I find those films to be utter crap, if you care to take a look.
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