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Wag the Dog [1997]
War for the Planet of the Apes [2017] The Wasp Woman [1959] The Wasp Woman [1995]
The Watcher [2000] The Wave [2015] We Are Still Here [2015]
We Are What We Are [2013] Welcome to Mercy [2018] Werewolf Warrior [2004]
Westworld [1973] What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? [1969] What Happened to Monday [2017]
What's the Matter with Helen? [1971] The Whole Nine Yards [2000] The Wicked Within [2015]
Wildling [2018] Willow Creek [2013] Winchester [2018]
The Wind [2018] Wind River [2017] Wind Walkers [2015]
The Windmill (Massacre) [2016] The Witch (A New-England Folktale) [2015] The Witch in the Window [2018]
The Witching [2016] Wolf Creek [2005] Wolf Creek 2 [2013]
The Wolverine [2013] Wraith [2017] A Wrinkle in Time [2018]
Wrong Turn [2003] Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings [2011] Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines [2012]

Wag the Dog [1997]


         

When a sitting U.S President is accused of molesting a young girl 2 weeks before the next presidential election, the spin doctors go to work. This is an extremely satirical look at spreading rumors, creating wars and heroes, and manipulating the American populace with ease. Irreverent, and funny as hell, the all-star cast plays their roles to perfection making this film a blast to see what they come up with next and their apparent ability to mitigate any disaster them befalls them. The only film I can think that makes better use of dialog is Network. Brilliant!

Willow Creek [2013]


         

A found footage film chronicling a couple heading into the Trinity National Forest to find Bigfoot. I'm shocked to discover that this was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Timing is everything for a master stand up comic, so it's perplexing why his pacing is this film is so abysmally horrendous. 1st 40 minutes watching uninteresting people talk to other uninteresting people followed by a 17 min sequence of the couple terrified in their tent by scary sounds. Wrap it up with a completely unoriginal climax and there you have it. Never saw Bigfoot.

The Witch in the Window [2018]


         

The film involves a house that has a ghost / witch / whatever you want to call it but the story is not a jump scare / terrorfest. It's really about a guy who's rebuilding the house in an attempt to rebuild his estranged family. As such, the film is honest, personal and heartfelt. The characters are likable, their actions, logical, and the story gets you hooked-in despite the slow pace. In fact, with a bit of adjustment, the story would work well without a supernatural element. But having it brings about a resolution that works far better than it should. Nice job!

We Are What We Are [2013]


         

A reclusive family, lorded over by a fanatically religious father, must maintain the family tradition when the mother dies ...a tradition that's destroying them and has been responsible for the disappearance of hundreds. A very slow and unnerving character study, creating a sense that something horrible is going to happen any second, keeps you tense throughout. And, just as expected, the ending is sudden, shocking and terribly unsettling. Excellent performances by the two girls.

The Wave [2015]

aka Bolgen

         

A Norwegian disaster film based on what might happen if Akneset, an unstable mountain pass, were to fracture off sending an 80 meter high wall of water down the fjord. Us Americans tend to make our disaster movies filled with excitement, thrills, and loaded with spec fx. This film tended to be far more realistic and human. We got to know the characters intimately and really cared about them. They also managed to make the attempts to save each other thrilling and realistic without being outrageous. Nicely done!

The Whole Nine Yards [2000]


         

A dentist, whose marriage and life is miserable, meets the new next-door neighbor, a professional mob hit-man in hiding. His life suddenly gets very exciting. This is one of those twisted dark comedies with a multitude of character, all with different agendas, and the chaos it creates is humorous and complex. Twisting from one moment to the next, the story is all over the place and yet it's still easy to follow while being thoroughly entertaining. I've seen better movies like this but this is a very good one.

Wrong Turn [2003]


         

A group of young people take the wrong turn in the hills of West Virginia and experience life with the locals. Similar to The Hills Have Eyes, this is simply another inbred mutant slasher movie. However, it's done very well ...as noted by 5 sequels. It gets started in a hurry and the victims are normal (including the one prone to hysteria). Their actions are logical and smart making for some very exciting scenarios where they're actually trying to save themselves. How refreshing! The mutants were entertaining, as well. Nicely done!

The Windmill [2016]

aka The Windmill Massacre

         


A bus breaks down during a tour of Holland and the passengers begin experiencing hallucinations and amputations. This is a pretty typical slasher movie that has a somewhat original premise. Beside the entertaining kills being gory and a little over-the-top, there's really nothing new here. The ending was a bit silly. Entertaining but I'm glad a didn't spend extra money on it.

Winchester [2018]


         

Story based on the premise that Sarah Winchester continued to build her home because she was haunted by the spirits of those killed by Winchesters. The story was OK - a mass shooting and the 1906 earthquake was thrown into the mix for good measure - but it came off rather flat. It seemed to rely too much on jump scares as I don't think the filmmakers really knew how to create the necessary atmosphere a movie like this needs. As a result, it's just a ghost story ...and not a very scary one. The trailer's more terrifying.

Wolf Creek [2005]


         

Three friends travel into the outback of Australia to visit the Wolf Creek meteor crater. What they find is their worst nightmare in the form of Mick Taylor. It takes about an hour for something remarkable to happen but the kids are likable and enjoyable to watch making what follows even more brutal. And when it does start happening, few screen psychos can match Mick's heartless cruelty or that mad cackle of his. Making the victims smarter would have have jumped it from "Most Excellent" to "Super Awesome" but it's still pretty strong stuff.

A Wrinkle in Time [2018]


         

A girl, her little brother and a friend travel through the universe searching for her dad. First, let me say, this is NOT as bad as the ratings. There are plenty of better films with similar themes, especially from Disney, but this one was light-hearted, uplifting and quite visual. I think its main problem was the presentation seemed bland, unfinished, and sort of lifeless. Bad editing maybe? In fact, there's some great scenes in the trailer that aren't in the movie. The friend served absolutely no purpose beyond being along for the ride.

Wolf Creek 2 [2013]


         


Not as intensely savage as Wolf Creek but still quite brutal with far more action and a much higher body count. Jarratt's performance as, Mick Taylor, one of the most savage, cold-blooded, psychopaths to ever grace the screen, just makes your skin crawl. Rule No.1: Never stop for anyone in the outback. In fact, never stop at all.

We Are Still Here [2015]


         

A middle aged couple, who's recently lost a son, moves into a haunted house with the titular spirits making their presence known is a big way. I nearly gave up about halfway through this as it was presenting itself as a totally cliche haunted house story with mild scares and few ghostly events. But then things took off and, holy cow! ...it was like a blood-drenched roller coaster ride from hell!! Still not quite sure what to make of the ending but then ghosts don't really have to make sense, do they? I'll have to watch it again to figure it all out. Good gory fun, though!

Welcome to Mercy [2018]


         

A woman and her daughter returns to her childhood home where she hasn't been since she was a child and strange things start happening. This film is just plain awful. Direct from the filmmakers of 'dragging things out', this ultra slow dirge provides us with no thrills, no scares, a story that's nonsense, no likable characters and we get to find out that most of it is a delusion! The sound track was completely incongruous to the events ...we've got a woman in the throws of demonic possession while we hear music fit for a funeral with crying mourners. Come on!!

Wildling [2018]


         

A girl, who's been locked in an attic from a baby to a mid-teen, has to adjust to the new world. But, perhaps, she has a few tricks up her sleeve. Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif do an excellent job and everyone, in fact, is pretty darn genuine. However, I don't think they managed to elicit the amount of empathy that they were shooting for. As a result, the film is rather dull, lifeless and boring. Don't expect a lot of action, suspense or tension as there really isn't any ...just a story about a girl who's different and those that want to cause her harm. That's it.

The Witch [2015]

aka The VVitch (A New-England Folktale)

         

A random pick turned out to be quite a surprise. In 1630's New England, a family has been exiled from a town due to religious differences. They try to make it in the wild next to a forest wherein lives a witch. The photography, settings, acting, dialogue, are all utterly authentic. The story, which may be slow for some, clearly depicts how a family is just as vulnerable to destruction by their own superstitions and religious beliefs as well as by a real witch. Superbly haunting!

The Wolverine [2013]


         
  

The story is really simple and not particularly interesting ...Logan is losing his powers to heal and must get them back. It deals far too much with Wolverine's personal issues and the action sequences - of which there were fewer in this one - although entertaining, felt as if they were being forced on you. It's good ...just not my favorite X-Men movie.

The Wasp Woman [1959]


         

This was the original version of the remakes The Wasp Woman [1995] and Rejuvenatrix. As flaky as those re-makes were, they pretty much outdid the original. Basically, a woman uses wasp royal jelly to become youthful again but it has the side-effect of changing her into a wasp when she's buzzed off. There are certain givens expected in a Roger Corman film and much can be forgiven as a result but this one is pretty cheesy even by Corman's standards. ...and those are bees, not wasps.

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings [2011]


         

The origin of the inbred, cannibalistic freaks in the series, takes place in a sanatorium that they've apparently taken over without anyone noticing. Enter some really, really stupid young people who are forced into the building due to a storm they knew was coming but decided to get lost in it anyway. The acting was so bad, they couldn't even effectively portray the morons that the mega-amateur, immature writing forced upon them. This movie was just awful. I don't consider myself a writer but I know I could have written this one better ...hell, anyone could've.

What's the Matter with Helen? [1971]


      

I remember this movie terrorized me back in the 70's. Apparently, I was an impressionable teen back then as it's pretty light fare by today's standards. If you can get through the first half of the film, which has far too much dancing and entertainment for this type of movie, what we have here is a great character study of a descent into madness and the tragic result. Excellent performances by Debbie Reynolds and Shelly Winters and that twisted piano riff at the end sticks in your head for quite a while afterwards.

The Wasp Woman [1995]


      

In an attempt to reverse aging, a cosmetic executive takes an experimental wasp hormone treatment with a few minor side effects. This is a made-for-TV remake of the Roger Corman 1959 film and it's just about what you would expect from a very low budget TV movie. Rejuvenatrix (which is basically the same story without having anything to do with wasps) had much better make up and spec fx. Come to think of it, all I ever saw in the lab were bees, not wasps. This one was pretty bad.

Werewolf Warrior [2004]

aka Kibakichi: Bakko-yokaiden



This ultra-low budget culturally traditional Japanese samurai movie features a samurai - who is also a werewolf - stumbling into a town where there is an issue between humans and yokai (beings who disguise themselves as human). The spec fx are pretty laughable and I'm not quite sure I understand what was going on as the film is quite surreal ...but stylish with a pretty messy bloodbath at the end ...and I was really diggin' the music. I would say I was pretty entertained.

The Wind [2018]


         

Well photographed, visually authentic, psychological character study of loneliness and isolation. A couple, who lives in the middle of nowhere, gains a couple as neighbors who are completely out of their depth when it comes to farming and living off the country. This triggers a series of catastrophic events, told in story pieces through various flashbacks. Very slow burn requiring patience but the characters and story are compelling. Plus, it keeps you guessing ...is she under siege by demons? ...or is she just going mad? Well presented and not bad!

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines [2012]


         

Our cannibal mutants, now staying with an equally insane relative, all decide to have some fun during a hillbilly festival. Although not nearly as ridiculous as WT4, this one isn't a whole lot better. I admired the first one for having genuine, intelligent victims. Unfortunately, they decided to make nearly every victim in this one die from their own stupidity. Some of the kills were creative but they quite often ruined it by taking the gore level way over-the-top just for gore's sake. Basically just cookie cutter characters in one contrived scene after another. Disappointing.

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? [1969]


      

Once a woman discovers her husband left her nothing after his death, she resorts to hiring housekeepers, getting their savings (under the guise of investing them in stock), kills them and buries them in her garden. This delightful bit of fun has some super performances by Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon. Very nostalgic Old Biddy style suspense film that was popular around that time and definitely one of the better ones. The trailer is rather silly and obnoxious, though.

The Wicked Within [2015]


         

Demon possesses a woman and destroys her family. Three tips for movie makers - 1) In order to develop some sense of tension, peril, empathetic danger, you need to make sure the viewer cares about the characters of which, I couldn't care less about these. 2) Include something original. We've already seen this film hundreds of times ...and better. 3) If you're going to have a twist ending, you should make it far less ridiculous and conceal it better ...I saw it coming long before we got there. A grossly amateur effort bringing nothing new to the table.

Wraith [2017]


         


An absurd haunted house story involving a friendly ghost, an evil spirit and a whole lot of thinly veiled anti-abortion propaganda. Absolutely nothing original here. The writing was pathetic and they have a girl who is clearly about 18 playing the part of an 8th grader. The most horrific thing about this movie is her acting trying to pull that off. What a waste of time.

The Watcher [2000]


         

A psyche damaged ex-FBI agent is reluctantly drawn into a case hunting down the same serial killer that damn near destroyed him. This was a very tense and entertaining game of cat and mouse with James Spader (cop) and Keanu Reeves (killer) turning in some excellent performances. The ending was somewhat cliche and a bit of a let down but overall, an exciting film much better than the ratings seem to indicate and well worth watching.

War for the Planet of the Apes [2017]


         

Caesar's tribe is captured by a rogue Colonel for his own psychotic plans. Question #1 ...where's the war? There's battle scenes in the beginning and the end (which covers 80% of the trailer). In between we have too much moralizing, philosophizing, extended scenes of dialogue, and way too much heart-string pulling. Throwing in a blatantly obvious Moses analogy sent it completely into sappyville. It's not a bad movie but it's probably the most non-action, action film of the year and it is most certainly NOT a war movie.

Wind River [2017]


         

A professional tracker and an FBI agent (who is sorely out of her depth) investigate the rape and murder of a girl in winter on an Indian reservation in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. More a character study than a crime drama, the story is a deeply personal and emotional look at the people, the culture, and one's own personal demons. Personally, I would have liked a bit more emphasis on the hunt but that's a personal preference, me thinks. There's an awesome shootout well worth watching. Overall, very well made film.

What Happened to Monday [2017]

aka 7 Sisters

         

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.

Wind Walkers [2015]


         

Something about somebody bringing something back from Iraq that's killing these guys in the Florida Keys. That's about the best I can do as far as a mini-synopsis because nothing about this movie made any sense. There were some insidious moments that made it somewhat worthwhile but I didn't understand anyone's behavior or motivation and I could not discern any plot or even identify the danger. Even the score was nothing more than rock tunes which were totally inappropriate. What were they trying to do here?

The Witching [2016]


         

A bunch of friends podcast from a place in the woods where a witch was executed 67 years ago and they tell ghost stories making this an anthology movie. The first couple stories were quite lame being no more than a vehicle for a few jump scares and they didn't end so much as just stop. The other stories were ok ...especially the one where God calls a talk show and another about an hour glass. There's nothing special here but when you consider that this is obviously an amateur effort for everyone involved, it's not that bad.

Westworld [1973]


         

Tourists can now go to Medieval World, Roman World, or Westworld, and experience the lawless west of the 1880's in complete safety ...unless something goes wrong. I haven't seen this film since in came out in 1973. I remember it being very cool then and I expected it to now be somewhat hokey and dated. Surprisingly, it's held up rather well and is not nearly as dated as I thought it would be. I felt the chase sequence near the end dragged on for way too long but I still enjoyed it immensely.

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