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Randy Tippy 2 years ago

Lauren, I LOVE reading your reviews and comments (even though you often hate films I love and love films I hate - LOL) :) You have a terrific way with words! :)

About Lauren

Favorite Movies:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Celebration (Festen), A Clockwork Orange, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, The Green Mile, The Matrix, Shaun of the Dead, Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys), Lon: The Professional, Psycho, 28 Days Later, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Crying Game, Kin-Dza-Dza, Duck Soup, A Fish Called Wanda, The Shining, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Life Is Beautiful (La Vita bella), This Is Spinal Tap, An American Werewolf in London, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Shawshank Redemption, Memento, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Final Destination, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, 12 Angry Men, Jurassic Park, The Thing, Battle Royale 3D, Le Samoura (The Godson), Dawn of the Dead, Das Boot (The Boat), eXistenZ, Alien, Die Hard, Reservoir Dogs, Last Night, Back to the Future, Serenity, Saving Private Ryan, Airplane!, Mulholland Drive, House of 1000 Corpses, The Evil Dead, Dead Alive (Braindead), In Bruges, Idiocracy, American Beauty, Pitch Black, The Langoliers, The Terminator, [Rec], For A Lost Soldier, Some Like It Hot, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Cloverfield, The Wages of Fear, Total Recall, Pet Sematary, Eraserhead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Inglourious Basterds, Cube, The Silence of the Lambs, Idle Hands, Jaws, The Day After, The Third Man, Westworld, Cypher, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, The Fly, The Godfather, Part II, Dog Soldiers, Fight Club, Maurice, The Breakfast Club, Ginger Snaps, Bonnie and Clyde, The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense, The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc), The Graduate, Dead Snow (Dd sn), Galaxy Quest, The Great Escape, Saw, The Thirteenth Floor, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Love Actually, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Dog Day Afternoon, The Rules of Attraction, sex, lies, and videotape
Favorite Actors:
Alain Delon, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Jack Nicholson, Robert Downey Jr., James Stewart, James Spader, Joseph Cotten, Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, Michael Palin
I love movies. My favourite genres are sci-fi and horror. My favourite subgenres are zombies, post-apocalyptic/dystopian and gay romance. I love the 70's and the 90's. I hate the 40's and really dislike anything in the 'code' era. Pre-code is pretty awesome. I also HATE CGI, westerns, musicals, period pieces and Michael Bay. I wish this site could IMDb import because I've seen too many films to go through manually, and I've been using the site since I was 15 and many of my ratings have changed :( My reviews aren't really reviews. I'm not a critic, I don't study film and most of my 'reviews' are just comments for me. I tend to get overly emotional when I hate a movie and will rant a lot, and when I like a movie, I don't know how to praise about it. I also have a lot of trouble explaining myself, so you can probably get an idea of how I feel about a movie from the review but probably not why. If you happen to check out my lists, the years are based on IMDb and since some have a different year listed on Flixster, some will look dodgy. <img src="" alt="mightysparks's Top 250 widget" /> <img src="" alt="mightysparks's AFI 100 movies widget" /> <img src="" alt="mightysparks's TSPDT 1000 widget" />

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  • Mommy

    Mommy (1994)

    May 13, 2014

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave (2013)

    February 28, 2014

    Interesting story, slathered in awful melodrama. Fake and forced with no genuine emotion or intensity and totally ineffective at being a gritty and harrowing portrayal of this man's life. The acting isn't impressive either, with all involved either under-acting or over-acting. The overbearing score doesn't help it any either. For a film supposedly about how awful slavery is, I couldn't have cared less what happened to anyone in the film.

  • Her

    Her (2013)

    February 14, 2014

  • It's a Disaster

    It's a Disaster (2013)

    February 14, 2014

  • Clerks

    Clerks (1994)

    February 14, 2014

  • Stalled

    Stalled (2013)

    February 14, 2014

    I heard about this film whilst preparing for my first FrightFest and the concept of a zombie apocalypse taking place in a toilet instantly excited me. Not only are zombie films my favourite type of films, I also love films set in a limited location. I desperately wanted to see it, but I figured it was either going to be awesome or terrible. Thankfully, it was the former.

    Unlike many films that trick you with an interesting and original concept which is barely utilised, it fully explores the thing that draws you in. The majority of the film takes place in the stall, and the rest of it within the bathroom (mostly), so there are no unnecessary filler scenes.

    It is more or less a one-man show, with Dan Palmer taking on the job of carrying the entire film on his shoulders. Playing to his strengths, he manages to create a likable and sympathetic hero in WC, as well as delivering his lines perfectly and just being damn hilarious. I knew I was going to love it as soon as soon as he uttered, "There's zombies in your toilet!".

    A secondary character, who we never see, is introduced later on and she is one of the few faults I find with the film. She's an interesting character with some funny lines, but also feels a little distant and occasionally forced - which may be especially jarring as she's playing against Palmer, who is much more natural. That's not to say I didn't sympathize with her either; it's just she felt a little out of place.

    It is very much a film that focuses on its characters and their situation, rather than being a slasher-zombie film. The zombies themselves look good and they, and the gory stuff, are used sparingly and to effect.

    It is a near-perfect film with only a few weak spots; the 'Evie' character, a bit of the overly sentimental dialogue and a couple of too-silly jokes, but after having seen it three times, it's definitely solidified itself as an all-time favourite for me, and I'm sure it'll be held up as one of the best zombie films in recent years for others as well.

  • Land of the Dead

    Land of the Dead (2005)

    April 14, 2012

  • Close My Eyes

    Close My Eyes (1991)

    March 24, 2012

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore (1996)

    August 15, 2011

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

    August 15, 2011

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