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

    Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

    Showing 51 - 100 of 166
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    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
    B —— Dead and Rotting (2002) " A gleefully wicked black comedy." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    D+ —— Hell Asylum (2002) " The gore flows like wine, showering us with a nice supply of spilled innards, but the violence has very little impact." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    C+ —— Play-Mate of the Apes (2002) " There's many lengthy lesbian sex scenes peppering the lowbrow comedy antics. I shamefully admit I laughed more than I thought I would." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    D —— Mummy Raider (2002) " For those of you looking for your softcore lesbian porn fix, I'd suggest looking elsewhere." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    B+ —— Townies (1997) " It never looks down its characters -- however weird they may be -- and instead views them with a kind of curious affection. I think John Waters would be proud." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    B —— Evilmaker " A surprisingly accomplished and creepy ghost story with enough twists to keep you guessing until the final frame." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    C+ 40% The Tunnel " It's like a weird dream -- the kind you just have to tell your best friend about after waking up, but then can't seem to remember much about an hour later." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    C 58% Fade to Black (2004) " A darkly comic thriller with a good script and some kick-ass dialogue, but it's hampered by its budgetary limitations." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    B —— The After School Special " A low-budget teen comedy that has cult classic written all over it." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    C+ —— Blood for the Muse " Many of the actors in bit roles are pretty bad and render moments of an otherwise somber horror film laughable." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    A- —— Scrapbook (2003) " Scrapbook is often as brilliant as it is brutal." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jun 25, 2002
    B —— Track 16 " A highly enjoyable, intriguing thriller." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 23, 2002
    B —— Drainiac (2008) " Writer-director Brett Piper crafts a genuinely creepy mood that has faint echoes of the original Evil Dead." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 22, 2002
    C- —— Alien Agenda: Under the Skin " This one has charm in a Mystery Science Theater kinda way, but it's not enough to let me recommend it." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 22, 2002
    B- —— Addicted to Murder (1995) " Addicted to Murder has an uneasy, nightmarish quality that never lets up." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 20, 2002
    A- —— Hardcore Poisoned Eyes " May be the scariest film since The Blair Witch Project." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted May 2, 2002
    B- 20% Jason X (2002) " Jason X is the kind of mindlessly fun action-horror romp that Resident Evil could have been if it hadn't taken itself so seriously." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 29, 2002
    D- —— Third Society " There are a few moments of laugh-out-loud bad movie hilarity that almost make it worth it. Almost." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 26, 2002
    B —— Evil Laugh (2005) " As far as cheesy '80s horror movies go, Evil Laugh is one of the long-forgotten gems." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 25, 2002
    B 41% Big Bad Love (2001) " It doesn't seem like it's following a fixed path to the finish. Unlike so many movies, it feels alive." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Apr 5, 2002
    B- 76% Panic Room (2002) " A sly game of cat and mouse that's intense and thrilling at times, but occasionally stretches believability to its limits and relies on predictable plot contrivances." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 29, 2002
    A 100% Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) (1951) " Though I'd been meaning to see it for years, watching the Criterion Collection DVD was my first time. I'm almost at a loss for words." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 28, 2002
    C- 33% Resident Evil (2002) " A loud, annoying, and gloriously dumb action-horror movie that might have been a good popcorn flick if it were more fun." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 24, 2002
    C —— Scary Tales " Admirable attempt at making a good old-fashioned comedic horror anthology, even if the results feel distinctly run-of-the-mill and lacking punch." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Mar 13, 2002
    C+ —— Witchouse 3: Demon Fire (2002) " Well-made forgettable fun and not much more." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 20, 2002
    B- —— Cremains (2001) " A few missteps can't obscure the film's thick atmosphere, which just drips of dread and unease." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 14, 2002
    B+ —— Addicted to Murder: Tainted Blood (1999) " A dark, clever, and amusing horror film that actually breathes some fresh life into the vampire subgenre." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 12, 2002
    B+ 53% Storytelling (2002) " This is a movie that one will grow to appreciate more with subsequent viewings -- or that one will grow to hate more passionately, as the case may be." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 8, 2002
    A- 95% Peeping Tom (1960) " A memorable performance by Carl Boehm as one of the most pitiful and sympathetic psycho-killers you'll ever meet in the movies." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Feb 3, 2002
    B+ —— American Nightmare (1983) " One of the best American slasher films since Scream." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 31, 2002
    B- —— The Night Heaven Fell (1958) " A shameless melodrama that takes itself way too seriously. But that's precisely why it's so engaging." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 21, 2002
    B- —— Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite) (1957) " This screwball romantic comedy is as good an introduction to the charms of Brigitte Bardot as I could have asked for." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 16, 2002
    A- 89% Ginger Snaps (2001) " Really cares about its characters and isn't afraid to tell a story that has real emotional resonance -- along with a wicked sense of humor and a few gallons of blood." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 15, 2002
    D —— The Double-D Avenger (2001) " It's a bad movie and it's supposed to be, but it never reaches the point where it becomes so bad that it's good. It's just bad. Period." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 2, 2002
    B+ 72% Fat Girl (À ma soeur!) (2001) " Fat Girl has the disturbing ring of real life, with all of its staggering cruelty, and it remains haunting long after it's over." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Jan 1, 2002
    A+ 94% Notorious (1946) " I don't think I'd be exaggerating to say that it's as thrilling and suspenseful a romance as you're likely to see." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 3, 2001
    A- 88% Amélie (2001) " Probably the most easily enjoyable movie of the year. It's a ragtag blend of surreal images and good-natured, quirky charm that's both visually and emotionally intoxicating." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Dec 3, 2001
    A- 100% Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988) " Genuinely chilling." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Nov 2, 2001
    A 88% American Beauty (1999) " A haunting, hilarious, and heartfelt masterpiece." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 30, 2001
    A —— Hall of Mirrors " A gripping and suspenseful modern-day film noir." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 30, 2001
    A+ 81% Mulholland Drive (2001) " May be the best film David Lynch has ever made... It's more potent and mesmerizing than any film in recent memory." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 29, 2001
    B —— Strawberry Estates (2001) " Despite being released on the heals of 1999's Blair Witch Project, it holds its own and provides a similarly chilling (if less effective) experience." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    B- —— Hell's Belles " An enjoyable and often creative excursion for fans of cheesy B-movies." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    B- —— The Dead Hate the Living (2000) " Chock full of in-jokes and horror movie references (kinda like a low-budget zombie version of Scream, but not as clever)." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    C+ —— Bone Yard (1991) " It turns into a gooey monster fest about halfway through and the creepy atmosphere it established in the beginning is lost, making way for that hilarious mutant poodle." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    C —— Alien Agenda: Endangered Species (1998) " Just wait till you see the computer-generated flying saucers. Ed Wood would have been proud." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    B- —— Zombie Bloodbath II: Rage of the Undead (1998) " A fast-paced and extremely sickening shot-on-video gorefest." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    C- 33% Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) " Most of the acting is pretty poor, but Ice-T seems to be aware that this is nothing more than a lame B-movie and he has fun with it." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    B- —— Alien Agenda, The - Out of the Darkness " Worth a look for low-budget sci-fi and horror junkies." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
    B- —— Witchouse 2: Blood Coven (Witchouse II: Blood Coven) (1999) " Although there's much to like about Witchouse 2, it's not all that scary." — Flipside Movie Emporium
    Posted Oct 24, 2001
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