Turbo Kid, 2015 - ★★½

Turbo Kid, 2015 - ★★½
REVIEWED

Fun nostalgia heavy retro throwback to 80's post apocalyptic movies. Michael Ironsides the Colonel Kurtz looking villain whose Soylent Green like extracting water from captive humans. Its up to comic book obsessed scavenger the Kid and his robotic best friend Apple to even the score. Its not bad and genuinely captures the essence of that era well, but its likely too goofy for adults and its definitely too gory for kids. Its big failure though is that its seriously hampered by long lulls between its action. Its pretty much destined to become a cult oddity.


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Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, 2012 - ★★½

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, 2012 - ★★½
REVIEWED

Not as entertaining as show, the Tim and Eric movie really struggles to pad out its gags over the extended lengh. But theres a couple of hilarious moments along the way, best probably being the ultra sick scat healing clinic gag thats interlaced with a shit funny cougar sex scene, which results in a brutal Tim and Eric fight. Ohh and John C Reilly is truly fantastic as a coughing janitor type character named Taquito.


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X Moor, 2014 - ★★

X Moor, 2014 - ★★
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Oft used plot of a documentary team getting more than they expected started out promising but became more dreary as it got going. While hardly earth shattering the acting wasn't too bad even though the characters lacked any identity and it featured some lovely aerial cinematography. What kills it though is the unbelievable way the characters react to the situation they're in and outside of two good scenes early on with a pair of thugs (which didn't develop) it seriously lacked any tension.


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Self/less, 2015 - ★★½

Self/less, 2015 - ★★½
REVIEWED

Tarsem Singhs return to sci-fi/thriller territory is a real mixed bag. The core concept (though very much like Frankenheimers b&w classic Seconds) and many of its plot twists are genuinely great, but they're padded out with unnecessary John Woo style shoot-outs, love will conquer all bollocks and 80's action b-movie style flamethrower moments.

Started out so damn promising too, with Ben Kingsley as Damian a dying billionaire building magnet who gets introduced to a strange organisation who can put his mind into an healthy organic body. Then we get to the bodyswap into Ryan Reynolds and it morphed into a ludicrous Six Million Dollar Man parody. It wasn't a total waste after that point I loved Victor Garbors (who used to be awesome as Sydneys dad in Alias) character Martin, who was Damians business partner and the sad twist with his son and mirrors. I guess it was at least entertaining nonsense.


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Queen of Earth, 2015 - ★★★★

Queen of Earth, 2015 - ★★★★
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When a movie with a huge buzz like this comes around I always fear the worst and admittedly on paper this isn't my type of thing. Usually if I watch a tale about two females having a bonding session in a remote lakeside retreat I expect at least a bit of lesbian action as payoff.

Oddly marketed like it was an updated Bette Davis/Joan Crawford style catfighting bitchfest thriller, its far deeper and less easy to define than that. Its primary a really clever throwback to 70's psychoanalysis cinema while also serving as a savage dig at the privileged with depression. I'm still not huge on the mumbly/shaky camera shtick but I gotta give credit to Queen of Earth and director Alex Ross Perry, because its a marvelously crafted movie.

Both Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss and professional Holly Hunter impersonator Katherine Waterston are amazing, and deserve all the praise they've generated and awards they'll receive. I loved how it mixed in the previous years happier trip with the current unbearably anxious one. Really hit home how distant the friends and Catherine's mental grip on reality had grown. Isn't my favorite of the year (Ex_Machina all the way baby) but for a change its definitely worth its hype.


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Whatever Works, 2009 - ★★★½

Whatever Works, 2009 - ★★★½
REVIEWED

"In the end the romantic aspirations of our youth are reduced to, Whatever Works" Woody Allens clearly personal art imitating life tale of a man falling in love with a woman decades younger, keeps just the right side of being totally cheesy (and dare I say creepy) because of the great use of Larry David. He's the first to accept hes not a diverse ranged actor so essentially plays himself just like he does wonderfully in Curb (come HBO get it on again), but it works a treat.

I finally caught up with this gem because of a scavenger hunt poll task here on letterboxd, which asked for a film rotting away on your watchlist/netflix queue. And while its neither Woody or Larry at their heady best, its still solid.


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Pod, 2015 - ★

Pod, 2015 - ★
REVIEWED

Pointless Old Dross. Starts out like a lo-fi mumblecore drama, a brother and sister argue over what they do to help their schizo/hermit brother. Turns out hes an ex-serviceman whose grown paranoid, claiming hes been experimented on by the military. Only could there be truth to his mad claims?

Abysmal attempt at making a feature length X-Files creature of the week episode as a horror. I'm usually more polite with newer low budget filmmakers but POD takes you to an whole new level of irritating, this shit drained me. The acting is excruciating, especially by bobble hat'd (*cough* headed) Lauren Ashley Carter as the sister. Even the brief moment Larry Fressenden pops up as a MIB was dire.


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