REVIEW: Searching [2018]

Mom would be too. While it’s been done before (Unfriended and Open Windows to name two recent features), Aneesh Chaganty‘s all-on-digital-screens thriller Searching has earned a lot of buzz namely because it arrives with a genre pedigree beyond “schlock.” The vast majority of critics, filmgoers, and distributers still find it easy to dismiss horror despite it being an innovator in so many things. They can all roll their eyes at the aforementioned duo, labeling them “cult classics” without ever giving credit for their technological achievements until something “better” comes along.…

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REVIEW: 9 [2009]

“You forget to remember to be scared” Is it wrong that Coheed & Cambria was playing in my head the entire length of my screening of Shane Acker’s 9? I guess that just goes to show how memorable the trailer is or how large my affinity for the band. I say that as an anecdote, though, not to cryptically express how I thought the film was boring—it’s far from it. I have not seen the 2005 Oscar nominated short for which Acker has expanded this from, but he has definitely…

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REVIEW: Wanted [2008]

“Not me, fate” Based solely on Timur Bekmambetov’s Nochnoy dozor, I’d see anything the man makes that comes stateside. With that said, no I have not watched the sequel Dnevnoy dozor, but that’s only because I want to be positive that the version I see is an unedited Russian cut. So, the next work to check out becomes the English-language, comic book based Wanted. The trailers show how this will be a visceral treat above all else, hopefully containing a great story too, but not necessarily needing one. A lot…

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REVIEW: Ночной дозор [Night Watch] [2004]

“You have to choose for yourself” Here is the reason for which I got an All-Region DVD player. Ночной дозор [Night Watch] was released in Russia in 2004. It became so popular there that it was inevitable that the other two parts of the literary trilogy would be made into film. Fox saw this as a great opportunity to bring a Russian film to America that could have a huge following. They started advertising shortly after purchase, but the release stateside kept getting pushed back to the verge of maybe…

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Top 25 Films of 2004

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from watching 130 releases. constantly updated as i catch up to those i missed. click poster for review if applicable) #25: Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood. #24: The Dreamers directed byBernardo Bertolucci #23: The Brown Bunny directed by Vincent Gallo. #22: Hotel Rwanda directed by Terry George #21: Friday Night Lights directed by Peter Berg #20: Down to the Bone directed by Debra Granik #19: Sideways directed by Alexander Payne #18: Mysterious Skin directed by Gregg Araki #17: The Incredibles…

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