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The Thief of Baghdad
9 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Fantastically fun and low-budget. This film is a confection for the B movie crowd.

Mazes and Monsters
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Mazes & Monsters" is the "Reefer Madness" of the gamer set, hilariously mired in the early 1980's preposterous hysteria over the satanic influence of fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons. Tom Hanks performs admirably well in an early role - although few others can claim that distinction. The script is weak (as one might expect for a fear-mongering art-screed). The lighting is poor. The direction is imitative of TV soaps like "Day of Our Lives" or "Ryan's Hope". The movie is on film stock of such poor quality, one might be excused for believing it was lifted from Soviet military surplus supplies circa 1978. The soundtrack is abysmally bad - I suspect also possibly acquired from Soviet overstock circa 1978. There's little to like in this hot-mess agitprop other than its delicious absurdity and an appreciation for Tom Hanks' evolving skill. Fun - but only if you're in the mood.

The Lost City of Z
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The Lost City of Z" is absolutely spellbinding and beautiful. The script, cinematography, acting, costumes, hair, and direction were all excellent. Long after the film ended, I wished I could accompany Hunnam on his quest for this Amazonian Shangri-La.

A Day in October
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This film has all the hallmarks of a made-for-TV movie: poor lighting, low-budget soundtrack, episodic structure, decent but underwhelming performances. If it had been, it wouldn't have been made for prime time. It's pleasant and mildly pleasing -- somewhat like paisley wallpaper or floral-print socks. Watch it or don't. You won't remember the next day whether you did or didn't.

Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars (2017)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The cardinal sin of a B movie director is to fail to recognize that his or her film is a B movie. Objectively, this film has terrible sound, inadequate direction, below-average cinematography, the storytelling is kinda bad, mediocre acting, a barely competent atelier, and a plot idea that should be fun -- but isn't. Instead, the film takes itself too seriously -- making it bad as an entertainment and a failure as a campy indulgence.

As a bargain-bin movie from a big chain store, it's adequate -- but "Vampire Wars" sure isn't fun to watch.