October 2018

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Mara [2018]

Rotten Tomatoes = 20 / 26
Personal = 4.4

Nearly the same movie as Dead Awake, it's yet another horror movie centered around sleep paralysis. With so many out now, you'd think they'd get more creative ...or at least, scarier. But, unfortunately, this is just another run-of-the-mill film on the subject. In fact, much of it seems to be a combination of bits and pieces of other similar horror films, including the bathtub scene right out of Be Afraid. The inevitable ending didn't help much either. It held my interest but that's the best I can say for it.

Hellraiser [1987]

Rotten Tomatoes = 68 / 73
Personal = 8.7

Frank opens the box and gives in to the ultimate experiences of pain and pleasure incurring the wrath of the Cenobites. With just a bit of blood, Frank is trying to come back ...and the Cenobites don't like that. With 10 movies in the franchise, this is still by far the best with the second a close second. Main reason being Clive Barker (writer/director) established this had little to do with hell and far more to do with the primal and grotesque instinct in some of us to experience it all, despite the consequences Brilliant film!

What Happened to Monday [2017]

Rotten Tomatoes = 59 / 66
Personal = 7.3

In an over-populated future society, a set of identical septuplets must grow up learning to be one person by having each impersonate this persona on a daily basis to prevent having their family torn apart. I could see this more as a television series because so much happened in two hours that I felt a bit assaulted story-wise. But it was done extremely well, with a magnificent performance by Noomi Rapace, and the predictable, inevitable outcome even felt true and logical. Exciting, thought provoking entertainment.

Man of Tai Chi [2013]

Rotten Tomatoes = 71 / 50
Personal = 7.1

A Tai Chi fighter is hired by an ultra-rich and evil entrepreneur that broadcasts fights to the uber elite. Basically one martial arts fight after another throughout the entire film. However, as director, Keanu Reeves did a superb job of providing fully formed characters and storyline (simple as it may be) in those few quiet moments adding a good deal of depth to the film. The fights are so imaginatively choreographed that I never had the feeling I was watching the same old thing over and over again. Well done!

Planned Reviews Coming Soon

The 12th Man [2017]
Ballad of a Soldier [1959]
Black Water [2018]
Bleeding Steel [2017]
Colossal [2017]
Dave Made a Maze [2017]
The Forest [2016]
Hellraiser II: Hellbound[1988]
Lion of the Desert [1980]
Spinning Man [2018]
Storm [2005]
Take [2007]
The Yellow Birds [2017]

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