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Recreator (2010)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Interesting. A movie that's been out since 2010 and no reviews. Sounds like not many got to see it. Which is a bit of a shame, because it's something better than the typical teenagers in cabin in woods movie. The absence of cliches keeps it fresh. We really don't know what is coming, except in a general way.

Three friends go island camping and find a house once owned by an atomic scientist. They discover the nature of his work after Los Alamos, which is equally brilliant but biology, not physics. Their presence in the house activates the mechanism he created-- perfect clones of each of the three appear. They're smart and funny, don't seem menacing, but the undercurrent of weirdness / danger makes the teens realize they need to escape.

The emphasis is on the strangeness of relating to themselves in newer, smarter encarnations. Can they co-exist or does one set of friends have to "go"?

We're never really sure where the clones are from-- whether they're pure clones or Something Strange stamped with the teens' personalities. The glimmerings of that issue beneath the plot kept it interesting for me.

I would recommend it as long as your expectations are kept within reasonable limits. And some viewers just won't like it. But if you're one of the ones who does, you'll get enough out of it to be glad you saw it.

Ghosts Don't Exist
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I liked this film. I'm a fan of the critic Roger Ebert, and if you are too, you'll know what I mean when I say using his system I'd give the movie two and one-half to three stars. The acting is fine; they simply aren't "names"; maybe one casting mistake. The story is interesting; there is real tension; events in the film reveal that what is happening is not only possible but plausible in the real world; the hero's ultimate decision is deeply wrenching for him and based on a strong affirmation of life. The film held my interest throughout and afterwards, I reflected on how this precise story could have occurred in real life. In fact, upon reflection, I think I'd give it three Ebert stars.

Death at a Funeral
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a modern, hip British farce reminiscent of Benny Hill or the plays of Joe Orton. It is fast-moving and hilarious. (With appropriate British understatement we may say there is plenty of frank language.) In due course the plot rises to a grand level of outrageousness.

The story is set at the country home of the deceased, where a resident son and his wife have arranged for a private service and viewing. Son's brother-in-law-to-be, meanwhile, has been unknowingly dosed with hallucinogens by his well-meaning wife. The curmudgeonly, abusive Uncle Albert has been wrestled to the funeral in his wheelchair, cursing bitterly with displeasure, and a midget (Peter Dinklage), a former gay lover of the deceased, is on hand with blackmail photos. Then brother-in-law decides to get naked, and Uncle Albert has "got to shit". And that's not the half of it.

It is all splendid, side-splitting chaos, the equal of anything Joe Orton ever wrote.