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P.O.V. - A Cursed Film [2012] P2 [2007] Pacific Rim 2: Uprising [2018]
The Pack [2010] The Pact [2012] The Pact II [2014]
The Pale Door [2020] The Panama Deception [1992] Paranormal Activity [2007]
Paranormal Activity 2 [2010] Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night [2010] Paranormal Activity 3 [2011]
Paranormal Activity 4 [2012] Paranormal Activity 5: Marked Ones [2014] Paranormal Activity 6: Ghost Dimension [2015]
Parasyte: Part 1 [2014] Parker [2013] Passengers [2016]
Patient Zero [2018] Peppermint [2018] Perdidos [2014]
The Perfection [2018] Pet [2016] Pet Sematary [2019]
Peter Rabbit [2018] Phantasm [1979] Phantoms [1998]
Phone [2002] Phone Booth [2002] Piercing [2018]
Piranha [1978] Pitch Black [2000] Plague Town [2008]
Planet Terror [2007] Playback [2012] Point Blank [2019]
Polar [2019] Polaroid [2019] Porky's [1981]
The Possession of Hannah Grace [2018] The Possession of Michael King [2014] Possum [2018]
The Post [2017] The Poughkeepsie Tapes [2007] Powaqqatsi [1988]
Power Rangers [2017] Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [2016] Primer [2004]
Princess Mononoke [1997] The Prophecy [1995] The Prophecy II [1998]
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent [2000] The Prophecy 4: Uprising [2005] Prospect [2018]
Proud Mary [2018] Psycho II [1983] Psycho III [1986]
The Punisher [1989] The Punisher [2004] Punisher: War Zone [2008]
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich [2018]

The Pale Door [2020]


         

A wild west gang robs a train they think is loaded for a big payday but, even though it's protected by a squad of Pinkerton detectives, all they find is a trunk with a young woman in it. Despite the un-authentically low-budget look of the film, and the somewhat sub-par acting, this loose variation of From Dusk Till Dawn was generally entertaining until the overly sentimental and maudlin last 30 minutes sapped what little energy the film had left. By the time they finally got around to its predictable ending, I really didn't care anymore. Few good moments.

Parasyte: Part 1 [2014]

aka Kiseijuu

         

Parasitic creatures are taking over humans by infecting their brain but one teen stops the assault resulting in the parasite just taking over his hand. This symbiotic relationship is the heart of this story as 'Migi', the parasite, wants to joins it's kind and the teen wants to save humanity. Delving into compassion, sentimentality and the like attempting to define what's human, makes an excellent backdrop for some gnarly monster effects and good action. Although it got redundant at times, it never failed to entertain and the sequel ought to be great!

The Poughkeepsie Tapes [2007]


         

A mockumentary of a prolific serial killer whose library of 2400 hours of VHS tapes were discovered. In between clips of these disturbing recordings, we have reporters, FBI profiles, investigating officers, SWAT, even a professor, talking about the history and psychology of this killer making the whole thing ultra-realistic. My problem though is, if he's so smart and organized and prolific, why hasn't he invested in some decent recording equipment. The poor quality of the tapes made them difficult to watch ...besides the subject matter. Very distracting.

Point Blank [2019]


         

An ER nurse and an injured, suspected murderer must team up to save their families and bring down the corruption within the police department. That's pretty much it in a nutshell with things playing out pretty much the way you would expect them to. Our main protagonists were played very well by Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie making them fun to watch and the action and story elements were handled quite well. No surprises but generally, good, fun entertainment.

The Prophecy [1995]

aka God's Army

         
  

Your basic horror movie with strong, religious figures and a lot of prophetic stuff. Very entertaining with Christopher Walken and Viggo Mortensen putting in excellent performances but I didn't really see much new ground being broken here. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

Psycho II [1983]


         
  

Released after 20 years in a psyche ward, Norman is all better now ..or is he? An above average example of not being able to run from your past with Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly putting in excellent performances. Nice double twist ending, too. Not nearly of Alfred Hitchcock quality but a worthy sequel just the same.

The Punisher [1989]


         


Dolph Lungren as the Punisher ...and it didn't age well. 'nuff said.

P2 [2007]


         

A psychotic security guard terrorizes a woman in a parking garage on Christmas Eve. I defy anyone to say they don't feel some anxiety walking though an empty parking garage. So, I expected this film to be quite a thriller. What I got was frustrated as I'm forced to watch a woman running around aimlessly trying to avoid a stupid psycho in one contrived scene after another. She only defends herself in the last 15 minutes. Ample fire axes and hoses in the garage but no fire alarms? Seriously?? Dumb movie.

Piranha [1978]


         


Military grade, genetically modified piranhas are stupidly released into the river system where they proceed to munch on lots of people. This is your typical film involving freaks of nature killing man. It moves along at a quick pace and the excitement level is maintained throughout. The attack scenes were well done and it had light layer of camp. I've seen better. I've seen worse.

The Post [2017]


         

Biopic featuring the folks at the Washington Post when the Pentagon Papers (discussing the real reasons we stayed wrapped up in the Vietnam War all those years) were discovered. The historical details on these papers is represented but the incident, and the story itself, takes a back seat to the real focus of the movie which is the incredible mental, emotional, personal, psychological, and financial turmoil involved in answering a simple question... Do we publish this or not? Great performances by everyone.

P.O.V. - A Cursed Film [2012]

aka POV: Norowareta firumu

   

Two girls, who run their own little talk show, show some fan submitted videos of ghosts filmed at one of the girl's school. They decide to investigate and things get strange. This was a weird little film that was more entertaining then say an episode of Ghost Hunters but ultimately, like said show, nothing really happens. There's a few cheap spooks and the false ending was a nifty twist but I would have enjoyed seeing something a bit more sophisticated than just one spook after another.

Proud Mary [2018]


         

A mobster hit woman starts a gang war when she kills a gangster who is mistreating a boy she made an orphan a year earlier. Both my wife and I are fans of Taraji P. Henson so we probably enjoyed the film more than most ...although still not worthy of her talents. It has a lot of flawed logic in the story line but if you take it with a grain of salt and just roll with it, it's actually a fun movie with a lot of excellent gun action, some good characters, and I thought the banter between Mary and Danny was quite humorous and touching.

Possum [2018]


         

Philip is a disconnected man who carries a bag around with a giant spider puppet thing in it. Is he autistic? a killer? insane? or is this just a fantasy? and what's behind that door? Slow but hypnotic, like being in a bad dream, with a surprise twist ending that was completely unexpected. Matthew Holness' (writer/director) unique vision is beautiful, haunting, and maliciously surreal rivaling anything David Lynch has made. Sean Harris, as Philip, and Alun Armstrong, the cryptic housemate, were bizarrely brilliant.

The Punisher [2004]


         

After the family of an ex-special forces op and undercover cop is slaughtered, and he's left for dead, he decides to take down the entire criminal organization single-handedly. Thomas Jane is great, as usual, as the Punisher. He really gives you an anti-hero to cheer for and John Trivolta does a pretty good job of giving you someone to hate. All the characters are quite colorful and overall, equal parts violent, equal parts humor and a really good, exciting ride.

Phone Booth [2002]


         


Tense performances by Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland (even though it's only his voice) makes this story about a guy trapped in a phone booth by a crazed sniper who will shoot him if he hangs up, quite a thrill ride. If you like edge-of-your-seat tension and suspense, check this out. Alfred Hitchcock considered making this film, at one time, for obvious reasons.

Peter Rabbit [2018]


         

Peter Rabbit and his family and friends (the other animals) go to war with a new neighbor. Put aside all the crud we've been hearing about it not being like the book and some protest about an epipen (which I don't understand), this was a genuinely fun film. The creatures are realistically flawless, the situations were humorous and well thought out and there's plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Anytime my wife and I start talking about scenes in the movie on the way home, and laugh all over again, that's a good thing.

Polar [2019]


         

An agency's best hit man is retiring in two weeks so the head of the agency's put out a contract on him so he doesn't have to pay his $8mil pension. There were things I loved and there were things I hated. The main character, the hit squad that's after him, the action sequences, were all colorful and exciting. I enjoyed the black humor, as well. However, I hated Mr. Blut, the main antagonist and I simply didn't want to watch him. Also, the subplot with the neighbor girl was well done but it felt like it belonged in a different movie.

Pitch Black [2000]


         
  

Riddick's first film takes place on a planet with multiple suns making it perpetual daylight ...except once every 22 years when a total eclipse occurs. That's when the creatures come out to play and all hell breaks loose. Tense, action-packed story with everyone not sure who to be more scared of ...the creatures or Riddick. Quite a worthy introduction for our anti-hero with more adventures to follow.

Psycho III [1986]


         
  

There really isn't anything new here. Even Norman is getting a bit stale. Anthony Perkins tried his hand at directing this one and I think he did a very nice job of it but the film really needed a better story for him to work with.

Pacific Rim 2: Uprising [2018]


         

10 years after shutting down the initial invasion of the Precursors, and their creatures, the Kaiju, the human controlled robots, the Jaegers, are brought back into action to fight drone Jaegers and then a super Kaiju. This is a perfect example of writing, directing, editing and spec fx coming together in just the right way to present an explosively exciting roller coaster ride while still finding ways to interject good character development and tell a story. Great escapist entertainment from start to finish.

Pet [2016]


         

Seth has an obsession with Holly and begins stalking her. I didn't think anything was going to change along that line of thought, even after he puts her in a cage. But then, the entire dynamics of their relationship changes and you realize that this familiar story is not anything like you thought it was. As the movie goes on, you start asking yourself who's really the captor and who's really the prey? The psychological warfare that insues could have been written better but I loved the film for its twisted originality.

Playback [2012]


         

A family massacre that took place 15 years ago in a small town begins to reoccur when tapes of the original crime are viewed. The beginning was very intense and hooked me immediately. However, I then had to sit through nearly an hour of adolescent high school students being ...well ...adolescent high school students while they set up the next sequence of significant events. It got better after that but they never got the pacing right, the acting was pretty blase and it never lived up to its shocking opening. Pity.

The Possession of Hannah Grace [2018]


         

A damaged, recovering alcoholic, ex-police woman, dealing with the guilt of letting her partner die because she froze, gets a job as an intake clerk on the midnight shift for the morgue checking in bodies that arrive. One body decides not to stay dead. I had an issue with the editing. The opening scene, albeit shocking and certainly grabs your attention, would have been much more suited as a flashback later in the film. As it is, it sort of ruins the potential for surprises later. Be that as it may, this film was not original but well made, creepy and certainly worth the watch.

Prospect [2018]


         

A girl and a prospector form an uneasy alliance in a fight for survival on an alien world after the prospector assisted in getting her father killed. This is certainly not an action or adventure story. It's mostly character and dialogue driven and, as a result, ponderously slow. The story is familiar with no surprises. Mostly we just get to watch the interactions of a pair of people and the problems that occur for 90 minutes. It is interesting with likable characters and certainly a joy to the eyes making it a fairly good movie. Just don't expect anything new or exciting.

Passengers [2016]


         


Huge settings and masterful sci fi special effects punctuate this simple romance of passengers aboard a starship that are woken up 90 years to soon. Entertaining but it's really just a variation of a pretty standard romance story with some action, adventure and danger thrown in. Well done, though.

Primer [2004]


         

Two physics nerds, experimenting in their garage, are trying to come up with some sort of machine they could patent and start a business with. To their amazement, they make a bizarre time machine. Let the paradoxes begin. For a total budget of $7,000, these guys put out an amazing film. The dialogue is so technical, it would take several viewings to catch exactly what's going on ...maybe. But the point is, they've created something phenomenal and it's pretty clear that things are going very wrong. Excellent!

Pet Sematary [2019]


         

The 2nd adaption of one of Stephen King's most horrific stories about a special graveyard where the dead come back ...sorta. If you've read the book or seen the 1989 version, you know the story and it's pretty faithfully done here with just a few variations. The pacing of a family excited about starting a new life and slowly discovering there are things worse than death was excellent and engaging. The final half hour is macabre, savage, unrelenting and disturbing with a final scene that's priceless and will send shivers up your spine. Good stuff!

The Prophecy II [1998]


         
  
The angels are at war. Danyael (good angel) impregnates a human to bare a son of God. Gabriel (bad angel) is out to get the child. The movie was ok but anything that may have required a practical or special effect was done off screen which probably saved them a ton of money. Because of this, however, the only action in the film was a few average fight scenes. The ending wasn't bad and watching Christopher Walken was worthwhile. That's about it.

The Pact [2012]


         
  
An eerie little mystery with paranormal overtones and disappearing family members. It's a slow, methodical journey of a women trying to figure out what happened to her sister and her cousin in the house of her recently departed mother. Even though it's very slow, they did an excellent job of maintaining an extremely heightened level of tension keeping me intensely involved throughout. Excellent story with some spine tingling moments and characters that seemed very real and genuine. Nice job!

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent [2000]


         
  
The half-angel / half-human, product of a union in the second film, is compelled to confront a God of Genocide while being chased by the angel, Zophael. A bemused Gabriel (Chris Walken) looks on. This really isn't much more than a chase movie with a few good fights, crashes and moments in general. The difference in ability between veteran actors and newcomers is awfully stark. Kudos, once again, to Walken and to Steve Hytner, who has played the befuddled coroner through all 3 films and has many of the best moments. Not great but entertaining.

Punisher: War Zone [2008]


         

Some films don't succeed for a reason. In this case, for the life of me, I don't know what that reason could possibly be. Well made, violent, high-action, comic book movie with a rather good story and enjoyable, albeit not very deep, characters. Kudos to Ray Stevenson (Punisher), Dominic West (Jigsaw) and, especially, Doug Hutchinson (Looney Bin Jim) for great, twisted performances. Can't ask more from a film made purely for violent, escapist entertainment ...emphasis on violent.

The Panama Deception [1992]


         

A documentary about the real reasons we invaded Panama in 1989. Some of the comments I've read from the naysayers labeling this as pure propaganda seem to nit pick details about silly things that don't matter and completely miss the point. The point is unmistakably clear. With the full collaboration of the press, we invaded a country in full violation of World Law, killing thousands of civilians to "restore democracy" (of which they never had in the first place) solely to eliminate their military and regain control.

Parker [2013]


         

A professional thief offers to lead a state fair heist. Once it's over, they ask him to work on another job. When he refuses, they leave him for dead. They should make sure. This was a enjoyable film that I just had a couple problems with. I know the cinema human can sustain far more damage than a real human and still function but this was seriously over-the-top in that respect. Also, I never felt any chemistry between Statham and Lopez ...in fact, the movie probably would have been better if they had just written her out.

Paranormal Activity [2007]


         
  
A man uses a camera to record what may be paranormal activity going on in his house ...even though he doesn't believe it. This film is proof that you don't need a huge budget of special effects to make a scary movie. Reminiscent of one of the scariest films ever made, The Haunting, only sounds (including subsonic), a few cheap practical effects, and the disintegrating psyche of the characters involved makes this one an uncomfortably creepy ride. I wasn't thrilled with the boyfriend for being such a skeptical jerk but overall, good flick for late at night.

Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night [2010]

aka Paranomaru akutibiti: Dai-2-sho - Tokyo Night

      
  
A brother must take care of his sister, who's just returned home from a vacation where she's had a accident and broken both legs, and they begin to experience hauntings similar to the first film. The US has been pretty big on remaking Japan horror movies so it's only fair they do the same. However, about halfway through this one, I learned this wasn't being presented as a remake but rather an actual sequel to the first film. In that, they didn't do a bad job. I think there was far more down time than the first but they managed to maintain that creepy sense of dread.

Paranormal Activity 2 [2010]


         
  
A family, the mother of which is the sister of the girl in the first film, sets up CCTV cameras in their home after an apparent break-in and records some spooky stuff. With the timing of events split in two, this is mostly a prequel that takes place within the month prior to the first film but ends as a sequel. Both are prequels to the Japanese independent film, Tokyo Night. Does well to maintain the level of creepy although the impact isn't as great ...probably because it's no longer new. But it is exceptional at bridging the two stories together. Good stuff!

Paranormal Activity 3 [2011]


         
  
This one takes us back 18 years prior to the first two films and chronicles the events surrounding the sisters when they were kids ...and their imaginary friend, Toby. Just as creepy as the previous films, I'm not really sure what the attraction is. They're extremely slow paced. In fact, down right uneventful for semi-long periods of time. Maybe it's the insidious nature of the haunting coupled with the voyeuristic viewpoint. Whatever it is, it keeps me glued to the screen in a constant state of dread. The twist ending of this one was quite a bit different and brutal.

Paranormal Activity 4 [2012]


         
  
The first true sequel, this one takes place about 5 years after the others where a new family becomes unwittingly involved in previous events. Although it did a fair job of maintaining that intense Jack-in-the-Box feel, it started getting a bit long in tooth after awhile and the characters were more annoying than usual. The infrared tracking lights were very cool and I wish they would have done more with the gimmick. The last half hour certainly paid off the sometimes suspenseful, sometimes frustrating wait to get there. A lesser effort overall but, I'm still a fan.

Paranormal Activity 5: The Marked Ones [2014]


         
  
Seemingly unconnected to the previous films, at first, this one involves the slow possession of a young man while his family and friends try to figure out what's wrong with him. As an individual film, it's not a strong entry in the franchise ...although it still holds up rather well. But, it's obviously clear that all the films are firmly in the same universe and probably should be rated on how well it fits in. In this case, the film does a very interesting job of weaving itself into the current time line and hits us with another slam ending that all the films are noted for. Nice!

Paranormal Activity 6: The Ghost Dimension [2015]


         
  
A family is haunted by a demon when they move into a house built over the site of the house from 1988 in PA3. They also find a camera that films ghostly activity making this film far more active than the slow-burn, wait-for-it style of the previous films. It's not as insidious and relies more on jump scares but they were done effectively, it has some really clever moments involving a time shift and, watching all the films in order, I found that this one did a good job of bringing everything full circle with an ending that was, once again, excellent.

The Prophecy 4: Uprising [2005]


         
  
This time, the feuding angels are tracking a woman who has a book containing the unwritten verses of Revelations. Surprisingly good drama that, beyond the feuding angels, has no connections with the previous films. Taking place in Bucharest, this film has no Chris Walken, but has Sean Pertwee putting in an excellent performance as an angry and morally ambivalent cop with good performances from John LIght, Kari Wuhrer, and Doug Bradley. The film is mostly dialogue that is rather poetic and well written making this a strong film despite its lack of action.

Planet Terror [2007]


         

This viral infection zombie film is a direct parody to the grind-house, exploitation-style, drive-in, B-movies of the '60s & '70's done to perfection. The film is so finely crafted, it even looks like old scratchy film and includes intentional continuity errors, intermission screens, a movie preview, and even a missing reel. The film itself is campy, it's gross, it's seriously over-the-top, and it's damn near perfect. For a good time, call PLANET TERROR.

Porky's [1981]


         

It's been over 35 years since my wife and I first saw this film and the principal's office scene, as well as a few others, still had us rolling with laughter today. I'm normally not one for adolescent humor but this movie did it right. Despite being called the worst movie of the year in 1981 by nearly every critic alive, this movie is just freakin' funny with some absolutely iconic scenes. Pretty good social commentary, as well.

The Perfection [2018]


         

A cello master, forced to leave a special school to care for her mother, returns 10 years later and befriends the current protege. What happens next is a totally unique and seriously bizarre, sick and twisted journey that takes you firmly down one path to an obvious conclusion only to jerk around. I wasn't quite sure how to take it - some scenes seemed to drag on and I wasn't sure where it was going - but the final payoff was well worth the trip and brought everything together ...although not in a way you'd ever expect. I've included it in my Doc's Profoundly Twisted list.

Phone [2002]

aka Pon

         

A journalist is forced to change her phone number ...to one that belongs to a vengeful ghost. This exceptionally dull and confusing film had me totally perplexed through most of it. It just didn't seem to have any logic and sometimes I didn't know I was watching a flashback. I finally got the jest of it in about the last half hour which presented nothing new. Why do Asian films think long black hair is scary? The only scares here are terrified looks. However, Eun Seo-Woo's performance, at only 5-years-old, is fantastic!

Peppermint [2018]


         

Five years after her husband and daughter are killed by a gang drive-by shooting, a woman comes back to L.A. to take out the entire gang. Reminiscent of Death Wish on a much larger scale, she's had five years to train herself to be a bad-ass and she's pissed off and practically unstoppable. This is a pretty familiar story but done to perfection. Jennifer Garner is fantastic as the woman you continually cheer for regardless of the body count. Choreography was fantastic, pacing was fast and logical, tight story, the other characters fit right in. Awesome entertainment.

Perdidos [2014]

aka Strayed

         

Found footage of four students making a documentary in a haunted prison. They film halls and cells as they wander around with hand-held cameras. Then they use some hand-held cameras to film cells and halls as they wander around. Then one of them looks in a mirror! Deep breathing! They film cells!! They film halls!!! Oh, yeah ..then there's that scene in cell 18 where..... The ONLY thing this movie has to offer beyond what's in the trailer (which is as good as the film gets) is 90 minutes you'll never get back.

Plague Town [2008]


         

A family stumbles into a remote community of mutants and very dangerous children. It started off rather cliche with the bloody intro followed by 30 mins of establishing that most of the principals are complete morons. Once things got started, it improved (despite the lousy camera work) but the ending was both contrived and ridiculous. It wasn't all that bad and had a few good moments but I would suggest taking it with a very large grain of salt.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [2016]


         

The title says it all. I'm familiar with the Pride and Prejudice story so I was certainly curious about this one. This movie had a lot of problems. They really underutilized the whole zombie thing ...it could have been P&P at war and you would have had much the same result. I didn't like the casting so I had trouble buying the characters. Also, the whole idea is farcical but I think this movie would have been improved if they had tried to make it far more serious or just gone for the all-out zombie slaughter. As it is, pretty ho hum.

The Possession of Michael King [2014]


         

After his wife is killed, indirectly as a result of a psychic's advice, Michael decides to evoke every spell in the book and film it all to prove, once and for all, that none of it's real. Probably not the best idea. This unrelenting horrific film moves along at a break neck pace as we follow what begins as an obsession to debunk demons and becomes all out spiritual war. Terrifying, violent, exhausting and, at times, cringe worthy, it's almost too much of an assault on the senses. As David Jung's first film, kudos to you, my man ...and just ignore the bad reviews.

The Pact II [2014]


         
  
It appears a Judas Killer copycat is on the loose and a comic book artist and trauma scene cleanup girl begins having paranormal visions of the murders. This is a fairly worthy follow-up to The Pact. Camilla Luddington's performance is good as a girl who is smart and doesn't scare easy and Patrick Fischler's performance as an FBI Profiler was just plain creepy. As usual, the ending left us with a handful of ambiguities ripe for another sequel. Not a lot of scares and nothing really new here but it was an enjoyable watch.

Piercing [2018]


         

A shy piquerist (look it up) decides to invite a prostitute to his hotel room to indulge his fantasies but finds that she's just as perverse as he is and totally insane. Although there was an attempt at black comedy (and will probably please those with a specific sense of humor), this movie suffers from being to sadistic to be funny and too absurd to be taken seriously leaving it just sorta flat and lifeless. The characters weren't particularly engaging or likable, either. Basically, just a lot of hurting themselves and each other for 90 mins. Blah!

The Pack [2010]

aka La meute

         

A young woman and a hitchhiker stop at a saloon in the middle of nowhere. When the hitchhiker disappears in the bathroom, the woman decides to investigate. Bad idea! Just when you think you're watching a film that's reminiscent of Frontier(s), it takes a sharp left placing it in a category all its own. This French film is visceral, perverse, savage, and brutal with no humor and no happy endings. If you like well made extreme horror, this movie definitely fits the bill but you better have the stomach for it. Good job!

Phantoms [1998]


         

A few people find themselves stuck in a seemingly abandoned town ...except for a few bodies and body parts. I've read practically everything Dean Koontz has written so I was naturally interested, especially since he also wrote the screenplay. I would consider this one of his few Lovecraftian style tales and it's not bad. I think it suffers from being under-budgeted. With a few more bucks, this could have been plenty monstrous. As it is, it looks a bit dated and cheap but still not bad.

Powaqqatsi [1988]


         

Powaqqatsi (Hopi language): A way of life that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life. Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass present the second film in a series of visual and musical montages of world life ...in this case the juxtaposition of life in impoverished cultures and the modern life of the privileged. Not as visually or musically stunning as Koyaanisqatsi - I could have done without the '80's pop culture montages and the last 15 minutes were particularly irritating - but still quite compelling, nonetheless.

Princess Mononoke [1997]

aka Mononoke-hime

         

A young man's search for a cure to a curse, received when he killed a boar demon god, leads him into the middle of a war between humans, beasts, gods and demons. This full length Japanese anime was far better than I expected it would be. The characters were very complex, the motives of all the parties involved made perfect sense, making the whole concept of doing the right thing a very fuzzy area, the animation was fantastic, and the story was varied and full. Quite nice.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich [2018]


         

30 years after a Nazi puppeteer was killed while terrorizing a town in Texas, a convention for the puppet collectors is taking place and the puppets decide it's time for revenge. Good filmmakers take the ludicrous premise of puppets killing people and turn it into a good film. No surprises here but the characters were likable, the dialogue was loaded with sharp wit, and the killings were gruesome and gory with just the right amount of camp to never take them too seriously. Sad ending but I liked it far more than I thought I would.

Phantasm [1979]


         

A young teen and his older brother begin to suspect the tall man at the mortuary is doing strange things with the corpses of the deceased. Despite the below average acting and amateurish dialogue, the movie has a certain weird and uncanny charm that has made it a cult classic and spawned 4 sequels over a 33 year period. Delightfully bizarre, it'll keep you guessing as to what's going on throughout and, just when you think you've figured it out, they throw an ending at you that simply makes no sense ...and it still works. Very fun!

Patient Zero [2018]


         

A strain of rabies has taken over nearly every human on the planet. A small scientific research center attempts to find patient zero in hopes of developing a cure. Most of the movie is talking. That in itself isn't so bad as the writer has a knack for decent dialogue. But, after a whole lot of philosophizing with an infected human, we have a big action scene culminating in an anti-climactic ending that was pretty lame. With all that talk, I figured there would be a resolution of some kind but, nope ...nothing's resolved. Mildly entertaining.

Power Rangers [2017]


         

After 65 million years the power stones are dropped into the hands of 5 high school outcasts and a fallen ranger intent on destroying the universe. This film is a good example of expanding an hour's worth of material into a 2 hour movie. It took over 90 mins for the Power Rangers to finally get going and then they had one confrontation and that's it. The last half hour had some good action and eye candy but that barely made up for the investment in time to get that far. Not bad, just badly paced with no surprises.

Polaroid [2019]


         

People who are being photographed by an old SX-70 Polaroid camera, being passed around as a modern day relic, are dying. This is a very well made supernatural thriller that focuses on the high school students right in the middle of it all. Rather than make them act like immature, hormone driven, goofballs that so many other films seem to find necessary, they came off as normal, intelligent, frightened, individuals acting exactly as real people trying to save themselves would act. Low on scares but high on tension with an exciting climax.

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