Sunday, March 2, 2014

Twitter Film Reviews (February 2014)

I can't believe it's March already; almost a year's worth of Twitter film reviews. This past month was pretty quiet movie-wise. I've been watching a lot of TV shows; Shameless, Community and True Detective which is just amazing, HBO strikes gold again. Most of the films I watched were first time viewings which is what I like aim for. Overall I enjoyed a great and interesting mix of films from various genres and time periods. 

HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) Life, death and friendship are explored in this quirky and sweet little dark comedy which includes great music. 4/5 [February 1st]

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) Tom Savini nails it! He makes it his own with two strong lead characters and great make-up effects. 4/5 [February 1st]

LINCOLN (2012) Not Spielberg's best but it's a significant story with exhilarating dialogue and strong performances. It looks great! 3.5/5 [February 4th]

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970) Real characters having a real conversations; a film about coming to terms with ourselves, powerful! 4.5/5 [February 5th]  

BLOOD SIMPLE (1984) Dark and thrilling with elements of film noir combined with a haunting musical score, strong debut from the Coens. 4/5 [February 6th

WHAT MAISIE KNEW (2012) Depressing and heartbreaking but with a silver lining and a sense of hope. Onata Aprile is adorable! 3.5/5 [February 6th]

CONTRACTED (2013) Different, disturbing and hard to watch. Some performances are lack lustre but the sock value makes it worth it. 3.5/5 [February 8th]

BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (2013) Repetitive but interesting to hear how the cult horror zombie classic came to be. 3.5/5 [February 8th]  

COMMANDO (1985) The epitome of 80s action film. It's self aware and a lot of fun. I love the witty dialogue and the double entendres. 4/5 [February 11th]

LITTLE BIG MAN (1970) An epic story and a wonderful piece of satire with terrific performances; a very unique and emotional western. 4/5 [February 11th]

DON'T LOOK NOW (1973) Pure psychological horror with stunning imagery and clever foreshadowing. The colour of the film is red! 4/5 [February 13th]

DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995) The best sequel in the series with fast moving spectacular action that's darkly comedic and witty. 4.5/5 [February 14th]

FROM BEYOND (1986) Strange! The wild and crazy plot falls to bits very quickly but the visuals definitely stand out; horror trash. 2.5/5 [February 15th]

THE PROWLER (1981) Bland and just plain boring. The only highlights were the gore effects by Tom Savini. Overall very forgettable. 2/5 [February 19th]

WOLF CREEK 2 (2014) It lacks suspense but it literally gets straight to the meat. Disturbing and brutal with a few odd laughs. 3.5/5 [February 20th]

STREETS OF FIRE (1984) A stylish and intoxicating mash up of 50s and 80s; an exciting throw back to classics of the action genre. 4/5 [February 22nd]

ROGUE (2007) A modern day creature feature that's uniquely Australian with an intense and foreboding atmosphere; well directed and shot. 4/5 [February 22nd]

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) Brilliantly written and directed, it's comedy gold from a most bizarre concept. Bill Murray is a genius! 4.5/5 [February 25th]  

WOLF CREEK (2005) A brutal and devastating descent into the depraved nightmarish world of a crazed killer. Stunning camera work! 4.5/5 [February 25th]  

THE TIN STAR (1957) Typical western of it's era but an intelligent one with an anti violence theme. Fonda and Perkins are great! 4/5 [February 28th]

Top Ten Picks

1. Groundhog Day (1993)
2. The Boys in the Band (1970)
3. Little Big Man (1970)
4. Blood Simple (1984)
5. Streets of Fire (1984)
6. Night of the Living Dead (1990)
7. What Maisie Knew (2012)
8. Harold and Maude (1971)
9. Don't Look Now (1973)
10. Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

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