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The Witch
The Witch (2016)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The scariest part was seeing the director's name flash onscreen before the movie had made any sense.
This is a classic case of over-hype. If I hadn't believed this was some "new kind of horror movie" I might have enjoyed it more. As it was, I kept waiting for something scary to happen. No matter how competent and accomplished this new director may be, his misdirection was lifted straight from the amateurs. Lots to like, but overshadowed by expectation. This was a creepy, well-done period film, but nothing more.

John Wick
John Wick (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Die Hard meets Reservoir Dogs, directed by Angelina Jolie. Every single character was a cartoon cutout of the real thing, Sin-City style, without the cartoon framing and sensibility. Not for one moment in this film did I ever wonder what was going to happen next. No, I take that back: When the camera revealed the blood trail from the little doggie that had dragged its way to Wick, I wondered if it might not be dead, which wouldn't make sense. But no, it was dead. I guess it dragged itself, dead, over to Wick so he could wake up holding it. I also guess the stuntified director(s) had so little dramatic sense they figured we couldn't see it for ourselves: he loved the dog more than life itself. It taught him that it was OK to live again. And now he, the master killer, was going to paint his masterpiece... Oh wait... that's another movie with this plot, actually written, actually acted out, actually realized instead of merely alluded to with still photo montages and off-camera, pre-movie timeframe plot developments. I guess the stuntified director(s) figured "Who needs plot when you can beautifully choreograph a vigilante wreaking havoc on the endless stream of bad guys?" Right? Uh, right? Uh...Well...Ridley Scott, Coppola, Tony Scott, Kubrick...Oh yeah. Uh, right. This movie is a piece of shit but you'll see it anyway because it's what boys do. And when you're finished, it will be like overeating at a Mexican Restaurant: Too much chips and salsa and refried beans and rice and tortillas, and not enough cooking.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Too banal for Denzel. It's a premise that should have a caped and powered crusader for these heroics, but we just get a manager from a Home Depot who manages to leap continents in a single bound, kill all the bad guys, get the girl and save the neighborhood, all while taking nothing for himself save the fuzzy feeling of a job well done. This is at least three hero concepts rolled together on a breadboard then stood up with no support. It's saggy, it's baggy, it's unadorned. It's still Denzel, and for that I give it 2.5. He's just the best.

Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The last five minutes of this movie toss out a bear trap of a hook; the movie itself is a novel scifi flick with credible acting and a gleaming group of nubile women cast in this flick. Hats up to the casting director for their taste in women's chests. But far into the movie, way past the plot, past the resolve, past the ending even, when the drama has died and even I gave up on seeing anything remotely sexual in this movie, we're handed a heaping plate-full of spirit. I am intrigued with this whole movie and it's premise based just on the last bit of the film. I will buy books. I will seek out sequels, and I will sing praises for Koontz and his Kast.