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Code 8 [2019] Cold Moon [2016] Cold Skin [2017]
Collective [2019] Colossal [2016]
The Command [2018] The Commuter [2018]
Conan the Barbarian [2011] Confessional [2019] The Conjuring 2 [2016]
Conor McGregor: Notorious [2017] Contact [1997] Contagion [2011]
Contract Killers [2008] Corman's World: Exploits of... [2011] The Corruptor [1999]
Counterfeiters [2017] Crawl [2019] Creature [1985]
Creep [2014] Creep 2 [2017] Creepshow [1982]
Creepshow 2 [1987] Creepshow 3 [2006] Criminal Activities [2015]
Critters [1986] Crooked House [2017]
Cropsey [2009] The Crucifixion [2017]
Cult [2013] A Cure for Wellness [2016] The Curse of la Llorona [2019]
Curve [2015] Cybergeddon [2012] Cypher [2002]

The Crucifixion [2017]


         

A journalist travels to Romania to investigate a case were a priest has been arrested for murdering a girl during an exorcism. I would have given this film a Good rating as it did an excellent job of presenting itself as a serious journalist investigation into the world of demonic possession and, despite its leisurely pace, was quite compelling. Unfortunately, they felt the need to occasionally and repeatedly hit us with jump scares with such thunderous noise, loud enough to shake the windows, that it just pissed me off to the point of frustration. Pity.

Collective [2019]

aka Colectiv

         

In 2015, a fire in Bucharest's Colectiv club resulted in 27 deaths. 37 more victims would die in the hospital, many with non-life threatening injuries. The staggering level of political corruption and fraud within the medical community in Romania was thus exposed. This documentary is a thoroughly detailed examination of the issues, the seemingly impossible ability to fix the problem and the public's willingness to go right back to doing things the way they've always been done. In the last year, I've learned that the world is far stupider than I thought ...for example.

Curve [2015]


         

A woman, offering a ride to a stranger when he fixes her car, is now trapped in said car after wrecking it in an attempt to escape the psycho stranger. Beyond this premise, this movie is cliche from start to finish with a formula that takes you exactly where you expect with no surprises. Movies like this can be good if they are effectively character driven but the two leads in this weren't terribly charismatic, and he was not a convincing psycho at all ...where's Rutger Hauer when you need him? It's not badly made, if you like survival films ...just nothing special.

Confessional [2019]


         

After the death of a film student and a sports jock, several friends are placed inside a booth to 'confess'. The movie did not really succeed in what it was trying to do. However, the 3.x rating on IMDb is a bit harsh. The concept was original, intriguing, and held my attention from start to finish and that's worth a couple points right there. The twist was interesting, although it wasn't revealed very well leaving me confused as to what was happening. The nearly incomprehensible and ambiguous ending didn't help much either. But kudos for giving a bold idea a good college try.

The Curse of la Llorona [2019]


         
  

Another variation of the la Llorona legend, this time as part of the Conjuring universe. If you've familiar with the legend, this film offers no surprises and really nothing new to the story ...just a whole lot of jump scares. It all plays out exactly as expected with a somewhat cool climax but overall, entertaining but, with a real lack of tension, nothing special.

The Conjuring 2 [2016]


         
  
The Warren's investigate a haunting in England and things play out exactly as expected. Easily 30 to 45 mins too long, it takes over an hour before the Warrens even show up to the residence in question. Up till then, it's just a series of creepy moments and jump scares and me wondering when the story was going to go somewhere. Apparently, that's the Conjuring formula as it seems to be pretty common among all the films. Well made, well acted, effective creeps and generally entertaining, it just offers nothing new and spends a whole lot of time doing it.

Code 8 [2019]


         

People with powers, a drug called Psyhe and a police swat team for a major city, with drones and mecha-officers called "Guardians", are all relatively unnecessary in this typical and cliche story of a down-and-out guy getting mixed up with gangsters in hopes of earning enough money to save is ailing mother. Not a whole lot happens beyond that and many of the principal's goals go unrealized making this all somewhat rather pointless. It's rather good in its mediocrity with the sci fi elements giving it some flash. But, unfortunately, that's all it is ...mediocre, at best.

Creepshow [1982]


         
  
Written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, this film is arguably one of the best horror anthologies ever made. An exquisite mixture of horror and hilarity, you'll find yourself creeped out and laughing out loud at the same time. The stories are bizarre and filled with an all-star cast of veterans and a few recognizable newcomers who go on to be big themselves. Even Stephen King has a starring role in one story. Don't pass this one by, if you haven't seen it. Easter Egg: Try to spot the green marble ashtray in every story.

Cold Moon [2016]


         

An alcoholic banker is haunted by the ghosts of some people he killed. This wasn't a particularly good movie ...the acting was weak, the dialogue was pretty simplistic, the spooks, although done fairly well and often, seemed more filler than actually adding anything to the story. However, I did find it mildly entertaining and it did keep me interested right up to the end despite it really being nothing more than a very familiar Tell-Tale Heart story with no surprises.

Cold Skin [2017]


         

In 1914, a man, who must spend a year on a remote island making weather measurements, finds himself under attack at night by sea creatures. The only characters in most of this film is him, the lighthouse keeper and a tamed sea creature ...which is what makes this film so interesting. The dynamics of this relationship is compelling, exciting and volatile with a somewhat surprising resolution that is both tragic and heartfelt. The action of the creature attacks is brutally intense and savage. Very well made film!

Creepshow 2 [1987]


         
  

What a sad follow up to a classic comic horror film. The only story in this one worth watching is "The Hitchhiker" and even that is not as good as any of the stories in the first film. They forgot to include any of the Creepshow wit and charm in this one making it just another run-of-the-mill horror anthology ...and not a very good one, at that.

Contagion [2011]


         


Details the outbreak of a new virus and how it becomes a worldwide epidemic. The film just lays out the events as they occur with no action to speak of, little suspense, nothing overly dramatic, and yet the cold clinical style of it makes it more terrifying than a lot of horror movies I've seen. Excellent performances by everyone.

Critters [1986]


         


I'm surprised I've never heard of this film until recently. Basically, a Gremlins from outer space, the movie is about a farm that is terrorized by small porcupine creatures with a whole lot of teeth. Then the intergalactic bounty hunters show up. Let the party begin! This film was really quite a fun, tongue-in-cheek, comedy thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Creepshow 3 [2006]


         
  
This one has 5 stories in the same setting and time frame so the characters and storylines overlap. It doesn't even come close to the magical quality of the original Creepshow but, being as they obviously intended to be silly, it was a far side better than Creepshow 2. Bad acting, bad dialogue, bad pacing, the stories were simplistic and yet, I found the whole thing to be rather humorous. At least I have to give them credit for making it blatantly clear they had no illusions about what they were creating.

Conan the Barbarian [2011]


         

Conan seeks revenge on a guy who killed his father. The guy seeks a woman whose blood will operate an ancient weapon. This is exactly what I expected from a Conan movie ...and less! It was fine for what it was even though the photographer seemed to have a hard time holding a camera still long enough to discern what's happening. It's been over 30 years since the original Conan so I expected something a bit more up-to-date but, sorry... Jason Momoa ain't Arnie. Not even close. The original is mucho better.

Cypher [2002]


         
  
A quiet, unassuming man is hired by Digicorp to act as a corporate spy. It doesn't take long for things to become complicated and deadly. What a pleasant surprise! This movie from the director of Cube, (an old favorite) has such subtle complexities that both you and our protagonist have no idea who to trust or what's going to happen next. Subliminal mind control, double agents, the understated acting, a constant feeling of dread, and a surprise ending that I never saw coming highlight this remarkable little gem.

A Cure for Wellness [2016]


         

A young executive, who is sent to a private clinic to retrieve the CEO of a company, suddenly finds himself a patient of said clinic. Long and slow paced, this film is nonetheless totally engaging with the pace only adding to the sinister unease that it provokes. Playing with the idea, if you were a patient at an insane asylum, how would you convince anyone you weren't insane? Add to that some mystery, history, insidious experiments and a stylized vision and you got weirdness that just doesn't quit. Pretty cool!

The Commuter [2018]


         

An ex-cop, now insurance salesman, is approached on a train to perform a service for $100k. Intrigued, at first, the situation turns into chaos and the lives of everyone on the train are in danger. Pretty much your standard 'regular guy faced with impossible odds' scenario with a good story and not a lot of action but really high on suspense ala Hitchcock style. The pacing was excellent as the movie continues to get more intense by the minute to a super climactic ending that is outstanding. Well done!

Crooked House [2017]


         

A controlling family patriarch is murdered. With a whole house full of people, who are not the least bit concerned about his death and who all seemed to have a motive, the ultimate reason for the murder is far from what you would expect. Truly typical Agatha Christie shot in an absolutely stunning mansion. It was a fine film but really not much more than what you'd except from any Christie TV episode. Also, I was able to figure out a couple of the reveals 10 mins ahead of time and this film was really dark. Turn on a light!!

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel [2011]


         

Great documentary of Roger Corman's body of film work since the '50's with numerous, humorous interviews, film clips, personal stories, all culminating with him receiving the Academy Award for lifetime achievement and, although in his '80's, his current work for the Syfy channel making Dinoshark. With 56 director credits and 413 producer credits, few can claim such a vast library of work with nearly all of it made on a shoestring and he rarely lost a dime on anything. Excellent!

Cybergeddon [2012]


         

This was a web series, made by CSI's creator, Anthony E. Zuiker, that was compiled together into a full length film about cyber terrorism. I probably would have liked this if I knew what was going on. It was just one scene after another of people frantically working away at computers interrupted by various chases without any real explanation as to what they were doing ...somewhat like the trailer. Couldn't understand half the dialogue as it was delivered at breakneck speeds and, overall, it was just spastic chaos.

Conor McGregor: Notorious [2017]


         

Biodoc of Conor McGregor and his rise to winning 2 world championships in the UFC. This is the reason I rarely watch or like biographies. What we have is training, being with friends, bad mouthing the other guy, expressing opinions, showing how good a husband he is. Then we have less than 5 minutes of coverage of a fight. Repeat the process. I guess I expected a movie about an MMA fighter to be more about his MMA fights and less about his personal life ...which wasn't all that interesting after the first half hour.

Creature [1985]

aka The Titan Find

         

A crew made up of incompetent idiots - including acting - are sent to Titan to investigate the disappearance of an equally moronic crew of individuals. You got to love filmmakers who have no shame whatsoever. Basically a remake of Alien, and half a dozen other stories, with no budget, no talent, no imagination, no basis in physics or anything resembling scientific theory, the film simply tries to entertain us by throwing one dumb thing after another at us. And yet, I couldn't turn it off! How does that work?

Criminal Activities [2015]


         
  
4 friends that are forced to kidnap and hold a drug dealer for 24 hours to satisfy a debt owed to a mob boss. The story grabs your attention and hangs on to it quite well. The characters are colorful and very real, the situations are both compelling and absurd at the same time, and, although they don't play it for laughs, there are some extremely funny moments. The biggest bonus is that, by the time you get to the end of the film, it's completely changed into something totally different from how it started.

Cropsey [2009]


         

A documentary discussing the disappearance of several mentally challenged children on Staten Island, near the abandoned Willowbrook asylum, in the '70's and '80's. It mostly centers around Andre Rand, the man convicted of two of those kidnappings mostly based on eyewitness reports without any real evidence to speak of. From a historical sense and informative sense, it's very good and I'm sure that was their intent. But if you want answers, there isn't any here. Everything is speculative and relatively unbiased.

Creep [2014]


         
  
A videographer is hired to film a man's life for a day for $1000 under the premise that he's dying of cancer and wants his unborn son to see what dad was like. It doesn't take long before it's apparent a much more sinister motive is going on in this exceeding disturbing film. It's taking you to someplace horrible even though you have no idea where and you feel you should look away but the creep is so totally unnerving and unpredictable, you're locked in for the ride. The ending is a shocker.

Creep 2 [2017]


         
  
A YouTuber, who has a channel featuring strange people called 'Encounters', decides to accept a videographer job from a mysterious person. When they meet, he tells her he's a serial killer and wants to tell his story. To his surprise, she agrees ,,,and you can guess where this is going. This may be a slow burn but it is not boring. Even though our antagonist is on screen, being in the same room with the TV is unnerving as hell. The tension builds to intolerable levels waiting and wondering when the shoe is going to drop. I'm waiting for my skin to stop crawling.

Colossal [2016]


         

A man and woman, childhood friends, find that when they go to a park at a specific time, a monster and robot appear in Seoul, Korea that they control. Terrific idea for a film but totally wasted in this one. What this film is about is the mean-spirited relationships between a bunch of psychologically dysfunctional, alcoholic people to the point of exchanging blows and possibly a killing? The creatures are simply a gimmick to make it appear this is a comedy/fantasy but it's not. I found nothing funny here ...just a lot of deep-seated anger. It simply depressed me.

Counterfeiters [2017]


         

A young man decides to counterfeit money to pay for his mother's medical bills. Perhaps a noble intent but both him, and those he surrounds himself with, are all unlikable nincompoops. Most of the film is presented in semi-real time over the course of an evening which means we must sit through every word of every conversation, go everywhere he goes, scene after scene of non-stop banality until we finally get down to the big finale by which time I was so unemphatic and frustrated, I simply didn't care.

The Command [2018]

aka Kursk

         

A semi-fictionalized account of the Kursk submarine catastrophe in 2000 where the torpedo room blew up and the survivors died before they could be rescued. I don't think I'm spoiling anything as this is a historical event and the speculation of what the crew might have done in an attempt to stay alive is the focus of the film. However, their efforts weren't particularly compelling enough to outweigh the futility of their actions. That, on top of the Russian Military being more concerned with secrets and saving face, makes the whole film rather bleak.

Contract Killers [2008]


         


Spy wants to go straight. Uh, huh. A Jason Bourne style movie that most certainly is not. A few good scenes and its abundance of mediocre action is not enough to pull this mess from it's pit of simplistic contrivances and amateur acting, writing, and directing. Marginally entertaining.

Cult [2013]

aka Karuto

   

A mockumentary that starts out as a pretty typical exorcism film, Japanese style, but slowly drifts into something far more Lovecraftian. Nice nightmarish visuals and it maintained a certain level of tension. Had a few prime moments, as well. However, some of the scenes dragged on why too long. The pace was slow but fine as it appeared to be preparing us for a big exciting and climactic finish which never materialized. In fact, the ending was about as ambiguous as it gets. Entertaining but not much beyond that.

Crawl [2019]


         

This is an exciting battle between a young woman, her father and probably every gator in Florida. I'm sure that the constant terrifying action sequence that ratchet the tension up to 11 will be plenty enough for most to enjoy the film ...and normally it would be enough for me. But there is a point where questioning certain realities and the actions/inactions of the characters as well as the cliches of various scenarios can far outweigh ones ability to just "go with it". So, for me, enjoyable but with a huge grain of salt.

Contact [1997]


         


We receive an extraterrestrial radio signal from space. But that takes a back seat to the scientific, religious, political, and personal chaos it creates right here on earth. Extremely philosophical with a lot of food for thought, this is quite a fun ride. We miss you, Carl.

The Corruptor [1999]


         

In Chinatown, NYC, two gangs get into a war with each other. In the meantime, a Caucasian (Mark Wahlberg) is assigned to the Asian Gang Unit run by Chow Yun-Fat and things get complicated. This is an old favorite that I haven't seen for quite some time and was quite fun to revisit. Mark and Chow are excellent slowly developing as partners from contempt to respect. The story is complex and dances around like a hyperactive kid who can't sit still so you're constantly guessing what's next. The action is excellent including a brutal car chase. Great cop movie.

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