Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Twitter Film Reviews (June 2013)

June was a pretty good month. I discovered some great films, new and old; and I revisited some of my all time favourites. I was even able to have myself a small movie marathon with the three Maniac Cop trilogy which was a lot of fun. I finally got around to seeing a couple of titles that I had been wanting to see for a while; the first one being [REC] Genesis which was different to what I was expecting, mainly in regards to tone. And the second title was the gangster classic The Public Enemy which was just released on Blu-ray here in the merry old land of Oz. I had been wanting to see it for years and it did not disappoint and it was also my first James Cagney film and it definitely won't be the last.   

[REC] GENESIS (2012) the weakest in the series, the comedy does not work so well, but still intense and a fun horror flick overall. 3.5/5 [June 1st]

THE LAST EXORCISM (2010) Loved the documentary style approach; it's confronting, uncomfortable to watch and genuinely frightening! 4/5 [June 1st]

FREDDY VS. JASON (2003) By horror film standards the dialogue is exceptionally bad. But it's entertaining, one made for the fans. 3.5/5 [June 2nd]

SLITHER (2006) A really fun and disgusting modern creature feature with that old style feel. Nice and bloody and the cast is terrific. 4/5 [June 4th]

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996) Two films for the price of one. It's so crazy and over the top, it never lets up for a moment, it's awesome. 4/5 [June 5th]

UNBREAKABLE (2000) My kind of superhero movie, it's real and deeply moving. Bruce Willis gives his greatest performance. Must see! 4.5/5 [June 6th]

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (2013) Michael Douglas gives it his all, he's amazing! It's a touching story and a excellent film from @HBO. 4/5 [June 7th]   

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) I don't watch a lot of animation but this was pretty good. Nice story and stunning animation. 3.5/5 [June 8th]

WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) A totally insane comedy that's everything 80s! It's a mess and makes little scene; but it's so much fun to watch. 4/5 [June 9th]

MANIAC COP (1998) A cool late 80s slasher that's pretty straight forward despite the high concept plot. It's dark, seedy & different. 3.5/5 [June 11th]

MANIAC COP 2 (1990) My favourite in the trilogy, a better made film overall. Think Jason Voorhees dressed as a New York cop. 4/5 [June 11th]

MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE (1993) This one is more supernatural. You'll believe that a zombie can drive a car while on fire. 3/5 [June 11th]

MOVIE 43 (2013) The people who made this have little to no understanding of comedy. It's utterly pathetic! 1/5 [June 13th]

THE AWAKENING (2011) I give up on ghost stories. This was pretty dull and very slow. However there was some nice cinematography. 3/5 [June 12th]

CLOVERFIELD (2008) I love how nothing is explained; it's a serious monster movie but it does fall a little short at the end. 3.5/5 [June 13th] 

CHILD'S PLAY (1988) It never gets old, it plays on the fears we all had as children. Great cast and impressive animatronic work. 4/5 [June 13th]

BULLY (2011) is a very sad film that shows the grim reality of how cruel the world can be for children. A well made documentary. 4/5 [June 14th]

GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997) was a very emotional experience. I haven't cried so much from a film in a long time. Matt Damon was flawless. 4.5/5 [June 15th]

DARK CITY DIRECTOR'S CUT (1998) As stunning as this film looks, it's definitely substance over style. This one is truly unique. 4/5 [June 15th] 

FLIPPED (2010) A very nice film from Rob Reiner. It has a warm feeling about it as well as some find acting from the younger cast. 3.5/5 [June 17th]

DEMONS 2 (1986) An absolute shambles of a film, a pointless sequel that makes no sense what so ever. But the make-up is wicked cool! 1.5/5 [June 19th]

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2012) Pretty good; it portrays the social fabric of high school quite well. And that ending, wow! 3.5/5 [June 22nd]

NOT FADE AWAY (2012) Not bad, it's like a serious version of THAT THING YOU DO except it does't go anywhere. But loved the soundtrack! 3/5 [June 22nd]

THE CHANGELING (2008) It's hard to believe this film is based on true events. The plot is well executed and the acting is brilliant. 4/5 [June 23rd]

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (2013) The worst thing to happen to me, seeing that and my dad hung himself in front of me whilst masturbating. 1/5 [June 24th]

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994) Possibly the saddest vampire film around. It shows that eternal life isn't all it's cracked up to be. 5/5 [June 25th]

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) is a pretty smart film that departs from the usual alien visitor scenario; a must see for sci-fi fans. 4/5 [June 27th]

THE MIST (2007) A very serious creature feature that explores human behaviour. It's extremely well made and acted. See it in B&W! 4.5/5 [June 27th]

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (2003) It's been ten years and I still don't know who I believe. One of the best documentaries ever made! 5/5 [June 28th]

FLIGHT (2012) is a powerful drama about a functional alcoholic. The film peaks early but the character self destruction is compelling. 4/5 [June 29th]

THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) A staple in the gangster genre; edgy stuff for it's time and it's influence on popular culture is unmatched. 4/5 [June 29th]

Top Ten Picks
1.) Good Will Hunting (1997)
2.) Dark City (1998)
3.) Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
4.) The Mist (2007)
5.) Interview with the Vampire (1994)
6.) Child's Play (1988)
7.) Bully (2013)
8.) It Came from Outer Space (1953)
9.) Flight (2012)
10.) The Public Enemy (1931)

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