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The following is a list of all films reviewed here, in alphabetical order. Series titles are listed via series, not individual title. (For example, "Seed of Chucky" can be found under 'C' for "Child's Play")

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Jun. 19th, 2008

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Finding Neverland (2004)

Film based upon the real story of the inspiration behind Peter Pan.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this movie. For the first forty or so minutes, I was bored by everything but the brilliance of Kate Winslett and Johnny Depp, but then it started becoming more tragic, and I started becoming more enthralled. I hate to think what that says about me... I think that the first third, at least, was a little slow-going, but the ending made up for that. Still, I can't give it the gushing review that seems so popular on IMDB, because the fact remains that it was quite dull to begin with.
Also? I find Freddie Highmore kind of freaky. The boy was twelve when he made this movie. He looks about five. That is just not right.

Keep tissues handy - 7/10

Jun. 7th, 2008

dawn bender

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I could see that it was fantastic for the era, but it just didn't grab me in the way that many other silent films do. Lon Chaney is great as Quasimodo, and Patsy Ruth Miller makes a very pretty Esmerelda, but there was just something lacking here, in my opinion. The highlight for me was Norman Kerry as Phoebus; he had a kind of cockiness that you don't often see in silent films.

Worthwhile but not life-changing: 5/10
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Stormbreaker (2006)

A schoolboy becomes a spy after his uncle - also a spy - is killed.

You know, I have no idea how this film commanded such a fantastic cast. It's a very ordinary action movie that seems to have been made for kids, but is M-rated in Australia. Odd. Worth watching for Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy (who's fantastic in this) Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Alicia Silverstone and Robbie Coltrane and for being HORRIFIED by what Mickey Rourke looks like these days (seriously, I was sitting there wondering who the hell the freakish plastic surgery actor was), but not much else, really.

Not as fun as Spy Kids - 5/10

May. 31st, 2008

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Indestructible Man (1956)

A man is brought back to life after being given the death penalty and turns out to be – you guessed it! – indestructible.

Bearable but insubstantial, this is more a crime than a sci-fi film, despite the premise. The characters are largely unsympathetic, but the plot could be a lot worse. Also, what's the deal with men in b&w movies proposing to women by telling them they just got them fired from their job? Talk about romance :/

Okay if there's nothing else on - 3/10

May. 29th, 2008

dawn bender

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

I'm sure y'all know the plot to this one *g*

This is a wonderful silent film. If you ask me, Lon Chaney looks far creepier as the Phantom than any other version, which is pretty good for 1925 special effects makeup! If you don't watch this for anything else, watch it for Mary Philbin. She is utterly, utterly gorgeous. Breathtakingly so.

An early classic - 10/10

May. 26th, 2008

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Doomed to Die (1940)

A shipping tycoon is murdered and the fiance of his daughter is the prime suspect.

Fairly generic b&w murder mystery, starring the very non-Chinese Boris Karloff as Chinese detective Mr. Wong. The big drawcard here is Marjorie Reynolds returning as the gorgeous but definitely annoying reporter, Bobbie Logan.

Could definitely be worse - 4/10

May. 23rd, 2008

drippy hand (house of wax)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

A group of people hide from Zombies in a farm house.

This is the classic Zombie movie, and it's a great example of the genre that holds up even today. I think the reason it still works so well is the feeling of claustrophobia that is present throughout the majority of the film. While the zombies might not look as freaky as those in modern films, the sense of being trapped is heightened by the low budget presentation.

Must-see horror - 8/10

May. 18th, 2008

candle (house of wax)

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

A science kidnaps beautiful virgins in order to harvest gland fluid to keep his elderly wife young and beautiful.

Typical Bela Lugosi fare, with various levels of stilted acting performances by most of those surrounding him. The exception is the gorgeous Luana Walters who plays the typical ballsy female reporter who solves the mystery but needs to get herself saved in the end.

Not Lugosi's worst, by far: 4/10
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Bluebeard (1944)

An artist has a nasty habit of killing all of the women who sit for him.

This was unusually well paced (imo) for an older film, and the key actors are all easy to watch. Jean Parker (Lucille) and Teala Loring (Francine) are both beautiful and there's something about John Carradine's face that makes him perfect for this kind of role.

Entertaining forties fare: 5/10

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