Michael Scrutchin

Michael Scrutchin

"Good... Bad... I'm the guy with the gun. --Ash (Bruce Campbell), Army of Darkness"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Michael is a writer and film buff from Houston, Texas. In early 2000 he started Flipside Movie Emporium (www.flipsidemovies.com), a film website that covers current Hollywood films as well as the indies and B-movies that don't get any respect in mainstream media. A former member of the Online Film Critics Society (accepted in October 2001), he resigned in March 2004 for not keeping up with the society's required review quota (although he intends to return to the OFCS in the near future when he's back up to speed). He also writes screenplays and short stories, some of which are available at cinemascribe.com, his personal site.
Favorites:
  • The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (Whale, 1935)
  • Brief Encounter (Lean, 1946)
  • Carnival of Souls (Harvey, 1962)
  • Carrie (De Palma, 1976)
  • City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
  • Chungking Express (Wong, 1994)
  • Dawn of the Dead (Romero, 1978)
  • Dazed and Confused (Linklater, 1993)
  • Heavenly Creatures (Jackson, 1994)
  • The Lady Eve (Sturges, 1941)
  • Magnolia (Anderson, 1999)
  • Manhattan (Allen, 1979)
  • My Life to Live (Godard, 1962)
  • Nashville (Altman, 1975)
  • Playtime (Tati, 1967)
  • Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
  • Say Anything (Crowe, 1989)
  • The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)
  • A Simple Plan (Raimi, 1998)
  • Something Wild (Demme, 1986)
  • Stolen Kisses (Truffaut, 1968)
  • Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
  • Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Lynch, 1992)
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Craven, 1994)
  • Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
  • Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956)
  • Publications:
    Flipside Movie Emporium
    Total Reviews:
    166
    Total QuickRatings:
    2
    Location:
    Pearland, Texas

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    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    C- 36% 21 (2008) " I probably should have given it a lower grade, but I really, really like watching Laurence Fishburne hurt people." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 28, 2008
    B —— Savage Harvest 2 - October Blood (2007) " A horror sequel that earns its existence with genuine heart and soul, rather than gallons of blood and flying body parts. But it has that too." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 25, 2007
    B —— Interstate " From the ominous roadside locations and the shadow-rich cinematography to the immersive sound design, Interstate is an immediate, gripping experience." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 7, 2006
    B —— Sole Possessions " As it builds to its frenzied climax, the film becomes an intriguing meditation on the free will of fictional characters." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 13, 2006
    C+ —— Creep (2004) " As pure exploitative slasher-movie trash, it serves its purpose." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 18, 2005
    C- —— The Undertow (2008) " For half of its 79-minute running time, The Undertow meanders without tension, and then it nosedives into ineffectual, over-the-top savagery." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 17, 2005
    A- 85% Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) (2003) " Heart-stoppingly scary." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 17, 2004
    D+ —— Legend of the Mummy (Bram Stoker's The Mummy) (1998) " [A] plodding, lifeless bore -- a limp supernatural slasher that plays out against the backdrop of a stuffy drawing-room melodrama." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 31, 2004
    C+ —— Living Hell (2004) " Living Hell's fun sense of dread gets tripped up in an increasingly contrived plotline, numbing scenes of physical torture, and a last-act nosedive into absurdity." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 25, 2004
    B- —— Suburban Nightmare (2004) " Might have been an insightful and resonant satire on relationships if only it didn't lose its way in the end amidst all the carnage." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 29, 2004
    B+ —— Gosh Darned Mortgage " Directed with such light-hearted, easygoing confidence by Pamela Sutch that it puts most sloppy and amateurish micro-budget productions to shame." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 17, 2004
    B- —— Ozone (Street Zombies) (1993) " Succeeds largely due to James Black's quietly charismatic lead performance and Bookwalter's considerable skill behind the camera." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 27, 2004
    A 82% Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996) " Packs a quietly devastating punch and perfectly encapsulates the oft-repeated line from Magnolia: 'We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us.'" — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 20, 2003
    B+ 76% Expiration " Smart, funny, and engaging, with a touching sense of humanity." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 16, 2003
    B+ 63% Cabin Fever (2002) " Cabin Fever's enthusiasm is wildly infectious." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 17, 2003
    B- 50% Killer Me (2001) " Killer Me doesn't really explore any uncharted territory, but it's a solid, unnerving debut for writer-director [Zachary] Hansen." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 11, 2003
    B- 41% Freddy vs. Jason (2003) " When they finally duke it out, it's great fun, and the blood-soaked final moments of the battle even achieve a graceful, poetic elegance." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Aug 24, 2003
    A- —— Bloodletting (1997) " It's not a body count movie but rather a delightfully twisted, shamelessly ironic, and shockingly funny tragicomic love story." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Aug 6, 2003
    C+ —— Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986) " For all its unbelievably bad acting, cheesy violence, and eye-popping inconsistencies, Truth or Dare is so bad it's actually pretty damned entertaining." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jul 14, 2003
    D —— Vampira/Night Vamps (2003) " B-movie aficionados shouldn't bother, but those seeking bargain-basement titillation may find plenty to enjoy here. I didn't." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 10, 2003
    B 41% Wrong Turn (2003) " Up until the final act, Wrong Turn is a taut, suspenseful, and scary throwback to backwoods horror classics like The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 30, 2003
    C+ 40% Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias) (2002) " While there's a stirring sense of urgency and purpose that drives the first act, a plodding pace and stagnant character development do nothing to keep things engaging as it ambles toward its predictable conclusion." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 30, 2003
    A- —— Horror (2005) " Stirs up a feverish, pervasive sense of dread that works so well it's scary." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 21, 2003
    B- —— Lustful Addiction (2003) " Mind-numbingly slow, erotically charged, and completely mesmerizing." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 12, 2003
    C+ 19% House of 1000 Corpses (2003) " A campy tribute to gritty '70s horror and exploitation that struggles to find its own voice and occasionally uncovers it, but relies too heavily on echoes from the past." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 14, 2003
    C 43% The Rules of Attraction (2002) " The most fascinating thing about The Rules of Attraction is how much noise it makes for a film with nothing much to say." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 10, 2003
    D- —— House That Screamed (2000) " To say that it's shockingly incompetent on every conceivable level would be an understatement, but at least it seems like it's trying." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 1, 2003
    C+ —— Lord of the Strings (2003) " As dimwitted and juvenile as most of Seduction Cinema's other Hollywood movie parodies filled with girl-on-girl sex and rampant nudity. But it has enough goofy charm to keep it from the trash heap." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 11, 2003
    B 48% Final Destination 2 (2003) " A nerve-jangling, gloriously dumb, wickedly funny sick joke of a movie." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 11, 2003
    B- —— Mummy's Kiss (2003) " Instead of a series of lesbian scenes strung along by a half-assed plot, it's a cheesy B-movie with a few lesbian scenes thrown in. As a completely forgettable bad movie, it's not half-bad." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 4, 2003
    A- 97% Bob le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (1955) " The noir ambience and a stellar performance from effortlessly charismatic Roger Duchesne -- who simply oozes cool when donning a Bogart trench coat -- make it tough not to get wrapped up in Bob le Flambeur's spell." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 26, 2003
    D- —— Satan's School For Lust (2002) " Surprisingly dull lesbian sex scenes." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 22, 2003
    D —— Maniacal " At the very least this film may be a gorehound's wet dream with all the surprisingly well-executed exploding heads, neck-slashings, eye-gougings, and disembowelings. Much of it looks ridiculously fake, but Herschell Gordon Lewis would be proud." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 20, 2003
    C- 69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) " Miller's tendency to tell more than show -- and even to tell when showing -- robs Personal Velocity of the intimacy it might have had, and suggests a writer so in love with her own prose that she can't let any of it go." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 31, 2002
    A- 61% The Last House on the Left (1972) " Often foolishly condemned as sleazy exploitation, Last House on the Left is uncompromisingly honest in depicting the ugliness of violence and the emptiness it leaves behind." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 29, 2002
    C —— Meat Market (2001) " How can a film that pits two super-cool rebels, three lesbian vampires, and a masked Mexican wrestler against a world overrun by flesh-eating zombies feel so uninspired?" — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 16, 2002
    B —— Ravage (2009) " Taking a cue from John Woo's Hong Kong ballets of violence, a blood-spattered shootout in a police station achieves a nasty, visceral kind of poetry." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Nov 26, 2002
    C —— Deathbed (2002) " Dismisses serious, potentially affecting subject matter in favor of tired horror-movie conventions, cheap scares, and a climax that descends into wild, gory B-movie absurdity." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Nov 10, 2002
    B 62% By Hook Or By Crook (2002) " The handheld camerawork, jumpy editing, blaring soundtrack, and stream-of-consciousness pacing all contribute to By Hook or by Crook's often intoxicating DIY punk rock aesthetic." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2002
    B+ —— Insaniac (2002) " A dazzling psychological nightmare and a moving love story that packs quite a punch." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 17, 2002
    A- 79% Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) " Combines sharp comedy, old-fashioned monster movie atmospherics, and genuine heart to create a film that's not merely about kicking undead ***, but also about dealing with regret and, ultimately, finding redemption." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 10, 2002
    B —— Laughing Boy (2002) " The movie's strengths lie in its wickedly funny social satire, the frequently sharp dialogue (even if some of the verbal gags do fall flat), and the spirited performances from the cast." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 23, 2002
    D —— Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula in 8 Legs to Love You (2001) " Everything is bathed in red light -- groovy, huh?" — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 20, 2002
    B+ —— Desecration (2000) " Wickedly frightening." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Sep 17, 2002
    B+ 75% Comic Book Confidential (1999) " Lively and engaging -- yes, this is a fun documentary." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Aug 15, 2002
    B- —— Poetry in Motion (1982) " Poetry in Motion has its ups and downs. While the downs may be a surefire cure for insomnia, the ups are frequently dazzling." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Aug 7, 2002
    B+ —— Everything Moves Alone (2001) " It's not easy to pull off a sweet-natured comedy-drama that's both funny and touching, but they do it without forcing the laughs too hard or stooping to cheap sentimentality." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Aug 3, 2002
    D —— I Spit On Your Corpse, I Piss On Your Grave (2002) " A soulless exercise in depravity made to cash in on the sleaze market." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 27, 2002
    C+ —— 531 " This indie film's fusion of psychological drama and silly humor doesn't quite work, but at least it's an interesting failure." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 26, 2002
    B- —— Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were a Woman) (1973) " Surprisingly compelling, partly thanks to stylish cinematography and, more importantly, [Brigitte] Bardot's ice-cold performance." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
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