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Add I thought a Rubik’s Cube was confusing (Cube movie review)

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Sometimes you wander around Netflix and just pick whatever. If you randomly watch Cube, you could do worse.

I think the thing I liked most about this movie was its ability to make me care and like these characters. I actively rooted for them and I didn’t want them to die – this might seem like a low bar, but trust me, many movies grasp for this bottom rung and fail. Even when one character goes crazy for reasons I don’t fully understand, I just care about how this changes the way that character interacts with the others. I still care, even if it doesn’t make sense.

This is an achievement.

I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie do so much with so little. Man, they recycled and reused basically one set and just let the tension draw from the performances. But more than that, even when the dialogue was pretentious or unclear, the movie found a way to sell it.

Some of the performances are over the top, the last scene is too vague, but somehow, it overcomes all this. Cube isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s pretty damn good. I’m excited to watch it again, so that’s about as ringing an endorsement you’re going to get from me.

Winchester movie review

Whenever I’m out of town and I have a few hours to kill, I go to the movies. In Jackie Brown, Max Cherry response when asked what movie he’s going to see, “Whatever start soon and looks good.” The thing is, those two choices seem to be mutually exclusive. In fact, I would go as far as to say that whatever start soon is almost never good.

Hence, I saw Winchester one fine afternoon.

And it was not good.

Now, this is hardly news. Let me explain: there’s a good chance that you never saw an ad for Winchester. Neither did I. I think the studio knew they had to turd on their hands and they decided to release this movie in February and not waste a bunch of money on marketing. So just the fact that this movie was opening and I never heard of it was not a good sign. Then, the trailers before the movie were also for mostly cheap-looking horror movies and a remake of Overboard. (I knew I was in trouble the second that woman brought that carpet cleaning machine onto that boat.)

But to be fair, Winchester is not entirely flawed. It has the basic parts of a movie, they’re just not all up to snuff. It’s the kind of movie that’s analogous to an cheap car repair: yeah my car runs, but the engine is noisy, only the left turn signal works, people have to do the breaking procedure from The Simpsons to get the car to stop. But technically, it’s still a car.

In case you’re not familiar with the subject, Winchester is about the house built by the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the 24-hour construction that constantly expanded the house in illogical ways: stair cases that went nowhere, doors that open to no rooms or did not open at all and so on. In the film, The rooms are built to help the spirits of the victims of Winchester rifles move on from this world to the next and the rooms are built as replicas of the rooms in which they died, because apparently there was a lot of indoor rifle fire in the 19th century.

Look, this movie is not great. A lot of the rules are underdeveloped, there’s some Yoda Lightning in it, the pace drags in a few places and the villain is less than flushed out. If you’re a big fan of the horror genre, you might like this movie and enjoy a few of the jump-scares, but Winchester is nothing special and I would say most people don’t need to see this movie.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) movie review (Quick Reviews)

Bonus Quick Reviews episode for Halloween! Today I’m looking at George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  A cult classic for sure, but is it good?  I just found out the answer.

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Jason X movie review (Quick Reviews)

I won’t beat around the proverbial bush – Jason X is a cheap looking, stupid movie with virtually no redeemable qualities. Enjoy!

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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday movie review (Quick Reviews)

Jason Voorhees is back in Jason goes to Hell: The Final Friday in a movie that contains no scenes that take place in hell… and yet, the movie works.  It’s not really worthy of mention in the annals of horror movies nor is it even the best Friday the 13th movie, but it’s serviceable.  Check out the video and you’ll see what I mean.

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Stephen King’s The Langoliers (Quick Reviews)

In case you missed it on the YouTube channel, here’s this week’s new episode:  a review of Stephen King’s The Langoliers.  It sure makes the IT miniseries look bad.

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Stephen King’s IT (1990) review (Quick Reviews)

Now that Halloween is right around the cornder, today makes the beginning of Quick Reviews horror movie episodes for the month of October!  This year’s festivities begin with the original adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, which aired as a two part miniseries in 1990. Read the rest of this entry

Halloween (1978) – Quick Reviews

It’s Halloween, so today’s Quick Reviews, I’ll take a look at Halloween!  Synergy!

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The Blair Witch Project sucks (Quick Reviews)

One more week till Halloween! Today on Quick Reviews, I’m reconnecting with The Blair Witch Project, which was a mistake.

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Psycho (Quick Reviews)

Have you got your Halloween costume ready?  Maybe consider going as the killer from Psycho!  I delve into the horror/suspense classic today on Quick Reviews! Read the rest of this entry

Friday the 13th – 1980 (Quick Reviews)

October rolls on, Halloween prep is in full swing and today, I’m checking out Friday the 13th, the original 1980 edition. remember, there’ll new episode of Quick Reviews during October! Read the rest of this entry

Horror Hotel AKA City Of The Dead movie review

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The best part about these gas station scenes is that they don’t take place in the titular city, but merely close to it. This tiny village is so evil that its misty atmosphere makes it all the way down the road.

City of the Dead (or if you prefer the American release name, Horror Hotel) may well be the smokiest movie ever made, but it’s also a decent little movie.  The comparisons to Psycho are not entirely unfounded, but to be fair, this is no Hitchcock movieRead the rest of this entry

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