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Red State
Red State (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I feel like I wanted this to go on longer, and I'm not quite sure if that's a fault of the film, or a testament to how great it was. The only hint that this is a Kevin Smith written and directed flick is the witty dialogue, which I'm not used to seeing much of in a film of this type. It has three distinctly separate acts, which serves to keep things really intriguing and the film moving along. I'm challenged by how to categorize this, as it contains elements of action, slasher, thriller, and horror, being very effective in all those categories. Wonderfully written and directed, however the performances outshine everything.

Stake Land
Stake Land (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A great indie surprise that flew way under the radar, making only $18.5k in theatres. This is an extremely effective post-apocalyptic vampire film that is beautifully shot and believably acted. This takes elements that we're more used to seeing in zombie or dystopian science fiction, and adds them to the vampire world, making for a fresh, thrilling take on a familiar theme. Check this out!!

Black Dynamite
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is an "Airplane"-esque parody of 70's blaxsploitation movies. I was consistently laughing. There's a few portions that run a bit long, and I believe there isn't much re-watch value here, but while it lasts it will put a big smile on your face.

Captain America: The First Avenger
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This really struck me as very by the numbers. There's nothing really new or exciting portrayed here, and Chris Evans didn't strike me as having the gravitas necessary to carry a franchise. The effects and look of the film are competent, but it didn't overcome the comic book movie "disconnect," where I actually care about what's going on.

Paranormal Activity 3
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Just as creepily effective as the last two. My only issues are that the opening felt a little convoluted, and the scares ramped up a bit too quickly. Besides that, it scared the crap out of me, just like the last two.