Muay Thay, Silat, Nerds, Hitler’s Clone and a Single Mother

078. 04/18 – The Protector 2* (VOD) 3/10 – WTF happened to Tony Jaa? Once a badass he has now been reduced to a co-star to bad CGI and slow fight cinematography. Don’t waste your money.

###. 04/19 – The Raid 2 (Cinema) 9/10 – Quite possibly the best martial arts actioner ever. Take everything that made the first one great, turn it up to 11 and add some seriously cool characters and you have the sequel. The ending fight is going to be hard to top, so much badassery! Iko Uwais is the man to beat now.

079. 04/19 – Merantau* (VOD) 7/10 – While Gareth Evans’ earlier film (also starring Iko Uwais) isn’t as action packed as The Raid films it was cinematically brilliant. Great use of colors, some very cool shots and a decent amount of ass kicking.

080. 04/19 – Knights of Badassdom* (VOD) 6/10 – Fairly funny film about some LARP nerds who accidentally summon an ancient succubus who they must battle. Some great D and D references will bring a laugh t older players.

081. 04/20 – El Clon de Hitler* (bootleg) 2/10 – Straight to video turd from Mexico about a Hitler clone who runs a gang in Mexico. Just horrible.


082. 04/20 – Paycheck to Paycheck* (HBO) 7/10 – Documentary on the single mother of three young children barely getting by.

* = first time viewing

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Post-op Ketchup

I had rotator cuff surgery on March 4 to repair a full tear. As I was not able to type without great discomfort I have not posted since. I have watched far too many films to spend the time I usually do adding links and trailers. If I somehow find time I’ll update this entry but for now a list. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions about these films, I will be back next week in the usual format! Smile

045. 03/05 – Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus* (Netflix) 6/10
046. 03/05 – Day of the Dead (Netflix) 9/10
047. 03/07 – Random Acts of Violence* (Netflix) 6/10
048. 03/08 – Backyard Dogs* (Netflix) 2/10
049. 03/08 – Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1 (VOD) 6/10
050. 03/09 – Tuff Enough (BL) 6/10
051. 03/13 – Journey to the West* (VOD) 9/10
052. 03/14 – The Last White Knight* (Netflix) 7/10
053. 03/14 – Shotgun Wedding* (Netflix) 7/10
054. 03/15 – Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Netflix) 8/10
055. 03/15 – The City Dark* (Netflix) 7/10
056. 03/15 – Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 (VOD) 6/10
057. 03/18 – Hard Times* (Netflix) 6/10
058. 03/18 – Magicians* (Netflix) 7/10
059. 03/18 – Schooled: The Price of College Sports* (Netflix) 7/10
060. 03/21 – Happy, Texas* (Netflix) 6/10
061. 03/22 – Hurray for Horrorwood* (Bootleg) 8/10
062. 03/22 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (DVD) 8/10
063. 03/22 – Howard the Duck (DVD) 7/10
064. 03/27 – I Need That Record!* (Netflix) 6/10
065. 03/27 – Street Thief*  (Netflix) 7/10
066. 03/27 – The Jeffrey Dahmer Files* (Netflix) 6/10
067. 03/28 – Phantasm (DVD) 10/10
068. 03/28 – Phantasm 2 (DVD) 8/10
069. 03/28 – Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead (DVD) 7/10
069. 03/28 – Phantasm 4: Oblivion (DVD) 9/10
070. 03/28 – Tom-Yum-Goong (DVD) 8/10
071. 03/28 – Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor* (VHS rip) 7/10
072. 03/29 – Heckler* (Netflix) 5/10
073. 03/29 – Lone Survivor (DVD) 6/10
074. 04/05 – 3 Sins* (VOD) 7/10
075. 04/06 – Bad Asses* (VOD) 5/10
075. 04/06 – Cheap Thrills* (VOD) 7/10
076. 04/11 – Stage Fright* (VOD) 6/10
077. 04/12 – The Raid 2* (Cinema) 9/10

Teensploitation, Oscar Contenders and More

040. 02/28 – Mag Wheels* – This teen romp from 1978 was surprisingly downbeat. Terrible music, lots of bad acting, boobs and stock skateboarding footage. (bootleg) 6/10

041. 02/28 – All is Lost* – Robert Redford has problems when sailing solo in the open ocean. Excellent individual performance which should have gotten him an Oscar nod. (DVD) 7/10

042. 03/01 – Gravity – I revisited this as my father had not seen it. I had my doubts but this still worked on the small screen. (Bluray) 8/10

043. 03/01 – Oldboy* – If I wasn’t such a fan of the original I might have liked it. I only gave it a rating on the positive side because there was some nice cinematography. (2013) (VOD) 6/10

044. 03/02 – Narco Cultura* – Documentary focusing on cartel violence in Mexico and the musicians capitalizing on it by recording heroic ballads about the bad guys. Interesting.  (VOD) 7/10

* = first time viewing

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Pre-op Ketchup

031. 02/14 – Nebraska* – “An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.” Bruce Dern gives the performance of a lifetime in this. He’d better get an Oscar! (Cinema) 8/10

032. 02/15 – After the Dark* – “At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.” Dull and repetitious. (VOD) 5/10

033. 02/16 – Lionman II: The Witchqueen* – “A young man who has been raised by a witch uses his claw-like hands to battle his enemies and rescue a princess.” Awesomely horrible sequel. Recommended to those who like bad films suck as myself! Sorry, no trailer. (bootleg) 6/10

034. 02/16 – Cash Crop* – An epic West Coast adventure to the heart of the Emerald Triangle and America’s #1 Cash Crop. Decent  weed doc. (Netflix) 6/10

035. 02/21 – Unidentified* – “During a wild weekend in Las Vegas, four young friends get into trouble with a loan shark and must skip town in a hurry. But gambling problems may be the least of their worries after they get stranded in the Nevada desert. One of the guys discovers a mysterious metal fragment, then promptly goes missing during the night. When the remaining three catch up with their lost friend, there’s something different about him. As his condition worsens, the others realize that something unearthly might be stalking them in the desert.” Good enough found footage film. (VOD) 6/10

036. 02/22 – Cop Land – “The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.” Great cast and a pretty solid film overall. (Netflix) 6/10

037. 02/22 – Super Troopers – “Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.” Horrible acting but oh so funny! (Netflix) 7/10

038. 02/23 – Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic* – Good documentary about the career of Richard Pryor that included a lot of info I was not aware of.  (VOD) 6/10

039. 02/23 – Buck Wild*  – “A hunting vacation goes horribly awry for 4 friends after they accidentally shoot the lease’s land owner.” Entertaining zombie comedy with Patient Zero being the result of a Chupacabra bite. (VOD) 6/10

* = first time viewing

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Not One Repeat Viewing

026. 01/30 – The Counselor* – This one was a waste of a whole lot of talent. While Cormac McCarthy’s dialog is fantastic in his novels he really needs to learn to write for films. The long monologues and conversations felt forced and had no flow. This would have gotten a much lower score from me but it had a stellar cast and good cinematography. (VOD) 5/10

027. 01/31 – A Single Shot* – Lots of potential but it only ended up being decent. Sam Rockwell is a great actor! (VOD) 6/10

028. 02/07 – Thor: The Dark World* – Excellent escapist entertainment, just as good as the first one. (VOD) 7/10

029. 02/08 – Dusty and Sweets McGee* – Interesting 1971 documentary about junkies in LA. (bootleg) 6/10

030. 02/08 – Aslan Adam (AKA Lionman)* – Crazy Turkish action/adventure film from 1975. Terrible acting, lifeless, flat dubbing and some of the strangest fight sequences I have ever seen. Needless to say I loved it. Lionman was one of the best bad movies I have ever seen. Easy to find if you know where to look but you definitely wont find this via any legitimate channels. No trailers either, anything uploaded to YouTube from this film is immediately blocked for rights issues. I’ll be checking out the sequel next weekend! (bootleg) 7/10


* = first time viewing

My IMDB ratings history

Four Great Films and One Good One.

021. 01/24 – Africa Addio – Early (1966) “Mondo” documentary from Jacopetti and Prospero about horrible things happening after the European colonials left Africa on their own. Some of this was incredibly hard to watch. (DVD) 7/10

022. 01/25 – The Last Stand* – Kim Jee-Woon’s excellent US debut is dripping with style and action. Arnold is still a badass. (Netflix) 8/10

023. 01/26 – Captain Phillips* – Tom Hanks is a freighter captain and is faced with the difficult task of dealing with Somalian pirates. Very good. (VOD) 8/10

024. 01/26 – Rush* – Thor proves that he is a hell of an actor (although not as good as Daniel Bruhl) in what could go down as being the best sports drama EVER. (VOD) 9/10

025. 01/27 – Charlie Countryman* – Shia LaBoof goes to Budapest and gets into trouble. Not too bad of a movie.  (VOD) 6/10

* = first time viewing

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Scorcese + DiCaprio = Success!

016. 01/17 – The Wolf of Wall Street* – Excellent film that fit right in with Scorcese’s other two epic crime dramas. As this dealt with white collar crime the violence was replaced by an abundace of drugs and sexual excess. Good times and fantastic acting from Leonardo DiCaprio, perhaps the best work of his career.  (Cinema) 9/10

017. 01/17 – The Beginning or the End* – decent drama about the development of the atomic bomb and it’s eventual deployment. (TV) 6/10

018. 01/18 – Dealin’ with Idiots* – Jeff Garvin directed and starred in this amusing comedy about a comedian who is researching material by interviewing/getting to know other parents from his boy’s little league team. (Netflix) 6/10

019. 01/18 – Cropsey – Solid documentary with two filmmakers researching a real-life boogeyman. (Netflix) 8/10

020. 01/18 – The Life and Death of a Porno Gang* – A violent and offensive film with a message. Only for  the jaded. (DVD) 7/10

* = first time viewing

My IMDB ratings history