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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy    18 Jul 2014

R 103 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 125 votes

I didn’t much care for the original Purge movie. It had issues but my main problem was the intruders, the people besieging the house, hanging out on the front lawn. For that, they cast a bunch of catwalk models who were about as intimidating as a bowl of cold soup. Sorry, but if Rhys Wakefield shows up on your lawn with a bunch of young girls threatening your family, merely opening the door should see them off. ...

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers    04 May 2012

PG-13 143 minReleased

8.1
IMDB: 8.1/10 317 votes

If you look at the description of this movie, its referred to as an ‘action’ movie. Ok then, I’m going to review it as one: This is the worst action movie of the year and this decade. Probably. I say probably because I haven’t seen the latest Paul Anderson Resident Evil movie, which is likely the reigning champion. But I’d rather get stabbed in the eye with with rods of uranium than be witness to ...

These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours    31 Jul 2014

R 87 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 404 votes

The horror genre has practically become synonymous with paranormal overtones, with 2013 alone begetting titles like The Conjuring and Evil Dead which involve chilling supernatural occurrences to generate scares. But 2014’s These Final Hours is a different type of genre movie. It’s definitely a horror flick, but its scares are not derived from ghosts or demons, but rather from its depiction of the ugly side of human nature in the face of a societal collapse. It’s an apocalypse film on ...

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

Devil's Pass    28 Feb 2013

R 100 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 447 votes

Renny Harlin’s filmography varies wildly in quality, ranging from fantastic action films (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea) to borderline unbearable dreck (Driven, 12 Rounds). After showing a slight glimmer of hope with the mildly competent 5 Days of War, Harlin is back in the doldrums with Devil’s Pass (also known as The Dyatlov Pass Incident). Bewilderingly, this is actually a found footage horror picture, looking to cash in on the Blair Witch Project phenomena about ...

RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop    12 Feb 2014

PG-13 117 minReleased

6.2
IMDB: 6.2/10 205 votes

Updated: I’m bumping this back to the top. It’s an old entry from 2012 when this site was still a blog. It’s simply a warning: Do not see this crap. It’s not a first draft, but it’s close enough. After reading the script to RoboCop (2014) today, which should last 130 minutes or so, it’s clear now why this movie was delayed untill February 2014. The production stills that have people talking should be the ...

Outland (1981)

Outland (1981)

Outland    22 May 1981

R 109 minReleased

6.6
IMDB: 6.6/10 294 votes

If you have been disappointed by Ridley Scott shitting the bed recently Alien: Covenant (and Prometheus before it), as well as the fact that those projects have probably killed off the alternate Aliens sequel, you should probably go back and take a look at this movie again. It’s post-Alien rip off, both aesthetically and in its anti-corporate message. Peter Hyams’ old, perhaps lesser known movie has aged reasonably well, especially if you curb your expectations. It’s almost ...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day    03 Jul 1991

R 137 minReleased

8.5
IMDB: 8.5/10 901 votes

It’s one of those times again when a new format is released and you eagerly await the big guns, having put up with the generic stuff you’re not really into but watch nonetheless to ‘test’ the new generation. Well, Terminator 2: Judgement Day surely is a ‘big gun’. Checking out a film like this on a new format is a big deal and something you plan ahead for, but unfortunately StudioCanal didn’t seem to care as much. ...

Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade    01 Jun 2018

R 100 minReleased

7.6
IMDB: 7.6/10 779 votes

Ostensibly emerging out of nowhere, 2018’s Upgrade is one of the biggest film-going surprises of the year; an old-school, dark, noir-ish sci-fi action-thriller reminiscent of The Terminator and RoboCop. Upgrade was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Leigh Whannell, who knows a thing or two about genre pieces after scripting both Saw and Insidious, among other titles. Flying solo without frequent collaborator James Wan as a producer, Whannell acquits himself admirably here, elevating what is essentially a B-movie into A-grade ...

The Meg (2018)

The Meg (2018)

The Meg    10 Aug 2018

PG-13 113 minReleased

5.9
IMDB: 5.9/10 104 votes

When I first heard that they were making a movie titled “Meg” I thought it was one of those pussy romantic comedies which women make, force & blackmail their men to watch all in the name of spending “Quality Time” together. All the while not realizing that the man they’re with is losing testosterone by every single individual second they’re forced to watch that cinematic garbage. But when I found out “The Meg” was a movie starring Jason Statham versus a ...

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)

Illang: The Wolf Brigade    25 Jul 2018

TV-MA 139 minReleased

6.0
IMDB: 6.0/10 196 votes

Korean director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw The Devil and A Bittersweet Life) has kindly provided us with a live action adaptation of the Japanese animated film Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. I can’t believe that the original Jin Roh, penned by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), is nearly 20 years old. I distinctly remember catching it’s world television premier on UK TV back in the day and ordering it on DVD the next morning. That film was a beautiful, ...