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The Factory [2012] Fahrenheit 11/9 [2018] Farm House [2008]
The Fast and the Furious [2001] The Fear Chamber [2009] Feast [2005]
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds [2008] Feast III: The Happy Finish [2009] Feral [2017]
Fermat's Room [2007] Fever Night... [2009] The Fifth Commandment [2008]
Fight Club [1999] The Final [2010] Final Score [2018]
The Final Wish [2018] First Knight [1995] First Men in the Moon [1964]
The First Purge [2018] Five Million Years to Earth [1967] Flu [2013]
Flypaper [2011] Forbidden Planet [1956] Forbidden World [1982]
The Foreigner [2017] The Forest [2016] Fracture [2007]
Freelancers [2012] Frequency [2000] Friend Request [2016]
From Beyond [1986] From Dusk Till Dawn [1996] From Dusk Till Dawn: Texas Blood Money [1999]
From Dusk Till Dawn: Hangman's Daughter [1999] From Within [2008] Frontier(s) [2007]
Full Tilt Boogie [1997] The Fury [1978]

The Fury [1978]


         

Robin, a boy with extraordinary psychic powers, is kidnapped by a covert organization to weaponize him. While Robin's father searches for him, he discovers there's a girl that is equally as powerful ...and can see through Robin's eyes. This film is solidly a product of the 70s and I would suggest that's kept firmly in mind if you go into it. Also, as classic an actor as he may be, Kirk Douglas is wholly miscast in this film. Beyond that, it's a fairly good thriller and there's only a handful of films that can match the explosively climatic final scene. Wow! ...double Wow!!

Five Million Years to Earth [1967]

aka Quatermass and the Pit

      
  

While excavating a new extension for the London subway, workers run across what may be a space ship that's been buried for 5 million years ...and it may not be dormant. This one is, by far, the best of the original Quatermass movies, imo. Special fx were great for its time and the story is advanced, imaginative, and quite intriguing. Overall, a very exciting movie that's worth watching more than once.

Fahrenheit 11/9 [2018]


         

Michael Moore's latest documentary is basically asking the question, if we are supposed to be a democracy, when are we going to become democratic and are we ever going to be a true democracy. Whether you believe in his personal political views or not, there's some real eye-opening information in this film concerning the elections in 2016, school shootings, the political corruption and poisoning of Flint, MI., the rising teen movement and the teacher's strike that nearly started a revolution. Good information.

The Fear Chamber [2009]


      

A detective (with visions) continues to hunt a psychotic killer after the killer forced the detective to get a heart transplant from an earlier confrontation. The overall idea for the story wasn't that bad but the writing was so abysmal, the amateur actors never stood a chance! They should of had one of their office workers read the script first and try to at least incorporate some logic and have people talk sorta maybe normal? The twist ending was mildly surprising and I really like the post-credit music by Digital Mindy.

First Knight [1995]


         

Taking several chapters from King Arthur's legends and mish-mashing them together to create a story that's heavily focused on the romantic triangle of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot amidst a war between Camelot and the conquests of Prince Malagant. If you're not looking for accuracy with the Arthurian history, legends, and literature and take this as it is, it's pretty good. Performances are heartfelt and emotional, fight scenes were well done, albeit not heavily choreographed, and I enjoyed it.

Flypaper [2011]


         

Two separate crews attempt to rob the same bank at closing time. What they didn't count on was a Sherlock Holmes type hostage or that this may be far more than just a bank robbery. I didn't have much hope for this film early on as much of the humor fell flat and the characters were a little over the top. However, as the film wore on, the characters became far more likable, the film got funnier, more complex and entertaining and the twist ending was excellent. What I thought was going to bore me turned out to be a really fun ride.

Frequency [2000]


         

A fireman is killed on-the-job. 30 years later, his son finds dad's old ham radio. When he turns it on, he finds that he can talk to dad 30 years in the past and prevent his death. Chaos ensues. Like The Butterfly Effect, any attempt to change the past changes everything and the story for this version is handled very well. I felt the ending was just a bit too clean for the subject matter, as well as being somewhat on the sappy side but, overall, this is a good, suspenseful movie that keeps you thinking and guessing.

Final Score [2018]


         

A friend takes the daughter of a fallen wartime comrade to a soccer game and finds himself in the middle of a siege. Very reminiscent of Die Hard with the first 40 minutes or so following the DH story so closely, I figured this must be some sort of re-imagining of it and just went along with it. Eventually it took it's own course and became a tense, exciting, high-action battle of wills between a terrorist, who's willing to kill everybody, and a man who has to save everybody just to get his friend's daughter back home. Excellent film.

From Beyond [1986]


         


After bowling us over with his debut film Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon gave us this little gem. Bizarre and twisted, it brings the incomparable Jeffrey Coombs and Barbara Crampton back together and adds Ken Foree into the mix to present us with a psychedelic trip into another dimension. Great make up and special effects for its time. Horrific and comic simultaneously, this is really good fun!

Fight Club [1999]


         

A man, with a rather skewed view of the world, teams up with another guy, who has an opposite but equally skewed view of the world, after his condo is destroyed by an explosion. What develops is ...interesting. Despite the fact that the film is waaaayyy toooo long, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are exceptional, the writing was top notch (I really like the constant philosophical and humorous banter being tossed around), and the film has a rather profound twist I didn't see coming. Not bad.

The Fifth Commandment [2008]


         

An assassin refuses to take a job as his brother is the bodyguard of the target. Then he tries to help protect them. Low-budget action movie that tried to make it look worth more than it is and failed miserably. Any 5th grader could have written this simple, contrived story with no surprises, the dialogue was laughable, void of any humor, the acting was lame, characters have no personality, one action scene after another with nothing special to offer and the fight scenes were generically choreographed. There's just simply nothing here get excited about. Nothing!

The Final Wish [2018]


         

A down-on-his-luck, unemployed lawyer is forced to return home when his father dies. While there, he discovers that the wishes he's made, nonchalantly over the past couple days, are coming true. I wasn't expecting much and boy, was I surprised! This film is not a thriller and I wouldn't consider it that scary, either. But it is an extremely subtle and darkly well-written psychological character study on the dangers of wishing. The characters were human and normal, albeit angry and bitter, and the story was a compelling slow burn with a logical climax. Bravo!

First Men in the Moon [1964]

Note: Trailer loaded with spoilers
         

A mission to the moon discovers that someone has already planted a flag there ...in 1899. Made in 1964, there wasn't a whole lot of knowledge about space travel or the moon so, the filmmakers wisely stuck to the original Wells story written in the late 1800's. If you're looking for a realistic sci fi, this ain't it. But what it is is a fantasy adventure that's exciting, colorful, fascinating, philosophical, sometimes goofy, and just good fun. A childhood favorite for the senior generation.

Frontier(s) [2007]

aka Frontiere(s)

         

This French torture porn film is basically The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hostel rolled into one ...without the laughs. You have a group of criminals hiding out in the French countryside at a hostel run by Nazis with a whole lot of inbreeding going on. The characters do some pretty idiotic things, and you know how I feel about that, but this film is such an in-your-face assault of brutal bloodshed, vicious violence and disturbing visuals that human stupidity becomes secondary to the onslaught. Nicely done!

Here's a music video, by AWOL Nation, featuring clips from the film ...is you can stomach it. You have been warned.

Feast [2005]


         
  
The late night patrons of a desert bar are under assault from some ultra-savage and ravenously hungry monsters with really big teeth. The first in a trilogy of films, this one is definitely the best of the bunch. Whereas the other two capitalized mostly on the savagery of the creatures (and several gags), this one was much tighter as far as story, humor, characters and imagination ...albeit just as gory, gross and outrageously over-the-top in gut wrenching violence. Great fun!

Forbidden Planet [1956]


         

A relief crew lands on Altair-4 only to discover that only one member of the original mission is left along with his daughter, now grown up. Then some invisible creature begins attacking them. A landmark production in Sci Fi with special effects and eye candy that's still exquisite to watch despite being dated. The social moors of the '50's are blatantly included but comes off more now as comedy relief than accepted behavior. The story is complex, scientific and easily appreciated by both the average viewer and hardcore sci fi fan.

From Dusk Till Dawn [1996]


         
  
With half of Texas after them, two bank robbing brothers force a family to get them into Mexico only to find themselves in a desert bar run by vampires. This comedy, horror classic has a phenomenal number of people involved that are huge now but practically unknown back then. Although some of the gags are a bit too campy and last a bit too long, this truly is a classic gore fest and that dance by Salma Hayek ...absolutely nothing like it.

Fermat's Room [2007]

aka La habitacion de Fermat

         

Four mathematicians are invited to a gathering to figure out a master puzzle. They find themselves locked in a room and must answer various mind twisters and logic problems to keep the room from shrinking while trying to figure out who wants them dead. Quite an interesting tale with complicated characters and quite few twists and turns. Most of the puzzles are quite common among folks who like mind twisters - I knew three of them - so having new ones would have been nice but, overall, I had a lot of fun watching four confused people puzzle out their survival.

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money [1999]


         
  
Five thieves get together to rob a bank. Just before the job, one of them gets turned into a vampire. What follows is one crazy bank robbery. As a sequel, it's full of exactly what you'd expect ...whacky characters, lots of blood and mayhem and an exciting, action-packed ending. Didn't have quite the campy sense of humor as the first one and it certainly didn't bring anything new to the table but it's still a pretty good thrill ride, nonetheless.

From Within [2008]


         

Sort of a mix between It Follows and The Grudge, this is a unique film about a rash of suicides in a small, highly religious town. The story works well, excellent pacing, the characters were fully developed and believable and, although is was not particular high on spooks, it had a tension that continued to grow throughout. It was also a great example of how destructive fanatical believe, Christian or Witchcraft, can be. I thought the ending was going to be hokey but it turned out to be unexpected, ironic and frightening. Good film.

The First Purge (Purge 4) [2018]


         

The new national ruling party conducts an experiment on Staten Island. For 12 hours no one will be punished for any crime. However, when the people decide to throw block parties instead of kill each other, the NFFA decides to throw in a few mercenaries. If you're looking for something as insane as the other 3 films, this ain't it. The reason is obvious ...this was the first purge. Not well written - lots of silly plot points and stupid behavior - but the overall concept made a fitting prequel and generally quite entertaining.

Flu [2013]

aka Gamgi / Virus

         

A flu epidemic breaks out in a major city. This was pretty much as expected with unrelenting uncontrolled chaos and ultra stupid bureaucrats interrupted with a story of a rescue worker, a doctor and her daughter. It's not a really bad movie but I didn't like the main characters, the constant arguing among the officials, who're supposed to know what they're doing, got really old, everything seemed to drag out way too long and it never really felt authentic which only served to frustrate, as well as entertain.

The Fast and the Furious [2001]


         
  
A cop goes undercover to expose a theft ring inside the world of street racing. If you like macho, he-man movies full of muscle cars, you've probably seen this already ...and for those that don't, I'm probably not going to change your mind. I haven't seen the franchise myself but I do know that they get increasingly insane. So, I approached this one as an introduction and found it to be quite satisfying. The story is simple and has been played out a hundred times but the characters were great, the action was excellent and it was a really fun way to start a franchise.

Farm House [2008]


      

We spend the first 45 minutes watching a couple traveling to Seattle and, to keep the trip from being too monotonous, they treat us to a large dose of back story through an enormous number of flashbacks - involving gambling debts and the loss of a child - that don't seem to have anything to do with anything. Then they get tortured on a farm for an hour (watch for the cheese grater). Finally the twisted ending that brings everything together is far too absurd to appreciate. Ho hum, at best ...except for the cheese grater. That'll make you pucker up.

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter [1999]


         
  

This one takes place in the 1910's. Except for the time period and different characters, this is pretty much a remake of the first film minus much of the thrills, humor, gags, and imagination. The characters aren't nearly as colorful, either. The first hour was boring. The rest had a few good moments but nothing new to get excited about. A pure example of trying to capitalize on a name brand.

The Forest [2016]


         

A woman searches for her identical twin sister in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan ...also known as the Suicide Forest. The first half hour spent its time setting up the journey into the forest and provided a couple jump scares (that had nothing to do with the story) to remind us this is a horror movie. The next half hour was spent wondering through the forest. Finally, the last half hour got interesting but not very scary and the ending was a let down. This might frighten some younger teens but I found it pretty dull. The trailer is scarier.

The Foreigner [2017]


         

A 61-year-old Chinese man living in London loses his daughter in an IRA terrorist bombing and he's determine to make the terrorists pay. A fantastic movie that is so much more than a simple revenge film. The story is actually quite complex that'll take a second viewing to put it all together but it's still simple enough to follow along. Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan were awesome. The action sequences are tight and realistic and the direction was flawless. I thought it was one of the best films of the year.

Freelancers [2012]


         

Three friends just graduated from the police academy and find out what being a cop is really all about. One in particular is befriended by a Captain who deals drugs for a major drug lord. An enjoyable movie with the lead man being very clever in how he's able to manipulate just about everybody. But, unfortunately, the movie was somewhat slow and not particularly engaging. The ending has so many loose ends, it was like watching a TV series that was canceled after the first two episodes.

Fever Night aka Band of Satanic Outsiders [2009]


         

Three friends perform a satanic ritual in the woods and things get funky. This no-budget film has no real story to speak of, the spec fx consists of basic camera tricks and fog, and every scene is dragged out well beyond it's limits making most of the film completely devoid of energy ...the trialer is twice as energetic. However, it's strikingly clear these guys were having a great time with no illusions about what they were making and never tried to do anything else. As a result, the film has a certain charm that I actually found weirdly enjoyable.

Forbidden World [1982]

aka Mutant

         

A highly experimental research lab, on a barren planet, attempts to create a genetically engineered food source but creates something that regards the scientists as food. This Roger Corman production is exactly as expected complete with "intelligent" scientists who are dumber than rocks, a sterile and highly secure lab that's basically wide open, lots of sex, naked women, screaming and low budget spec fx. But the gore and creature were pretty cool and a rather entertaining watch. How does Corman do it?

The Final [2010]


         

A group of students, who are constantly being harassed and bullied by the jocks and divas, invite everyone to a party to exact their revenge. This could have been a simple revenge film of which we've seen many. However, this one was done on a very personal and psychological level. People like me, who didn't have the size or ability to fend off the bullies when we were growing up, will probably identify easily with this film. It does get sort of lost in it's own dogma and it's painful to watch at times but overall, I liked it (he says with a sadistic smirk).

Friend Request [2016]

aka Unfriend

         

A popular college girl, with loads of friends on social media, decides to accept a friend request from a socially awkward girl in her school who has no friends ...unmindful of what this friendship will cost. This was a surprisingly complex and creepy film that maintains a disturbing level of unease throughout. The performances were well realized and appeared genuine without being forced. There's also some very good scare moments that sent some shivers down my spine. Well done ...certainly better than the ratings indicate.

Feral [2017]


         

6 young adults enter woodland that features infected, flesh-hungry humans. No one was capable of making a logical decision in this contrived mess that gave us absolutely nothing new to the genre. The girl that's supposed to be the film's hero basically gets everyone killed. Also, I certainly have no issues with same sex partnerships but this film goes out of it's way to show us the lead two girls are lesbian to the point of , "OK, I get it!" and it doesn't add anything to the story. You can even see it in the trailer. Total lack of imagination on this one.

Full Tilt Boogie [1997]


         
  

A production documentary on the making of From Dusk Till Dawn. An interesting look at the people that put the film together and some of the trials and tribulations that go with making films but overall, I didn't see anything that made me go, 'Gee, I'm glad I watched that.' Pretty run-of-the-mill behind-the-scenes stuff.

Fracture [2007]


         


Taught legal drama pitting an engineer, who's developed a plan to murder his wife, confess to the crime and still walk away a free man, and a state's attorney who simply will not give up. Stellar performances from Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins (his best role since Hannibal Lector, imo). Great story with exceptional dialogue and a very satisfying ending. Bravo!

Feast II: Sloppy Seconds [2008]


         
  
As if the first film wasn't disgusting enough, why not pull out all the stops. Campy, gory, perverse, and wacky, I don't know who I enjoyed watching more ...the creatures or the characters. One thing I like about the Feast movies is that they are true sequels, i.e., each one starts exactly where the other leaves off. If you don't mind messy, bloody disgusting films, this is great entertainment. Bet you can't watch all 3 in one sitting. Watch for the dissolving woman.

Feast III: The Happy Finish [2009]

WARNING: Trailer consists of opening scenes and contains ample gore and language.

         
  

Typical Feast movie with lots of campy gore and bloodshed, especially in the first 30 mins, so if you enjoyed the first two, you'll like this one. Biggest problem is that the rest of the movie was filmed in storm drains. DARK!! Can barely see anything.

The Factory [2012]


         

The daughter of an obsessed detective - who has been investigating a series of kidnappings for 3 years - just happens to be kidnapped by said kidnapper completely at random. The film has it's exciting moments and has a rather profound twist which I didn't see coming, although, in retrospect, the clues were there. However, you really have to accept that this film is firmly grounded in the cinematic universe as it is far to implausible and over-dramatic to exist in the real world. Events and decisions simply would not occur this way.

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