The Week in Short Reviews

Movies. I watched some this week.

The Thaw: Despite being labeled as a Val Kilmer film he hardly appears in it at all. That’s probably a good thing because this is made for TV horror. Why Sam Rami attached his name to this is beyond me because it is a complete and utter mess.

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave: The Return of the Living Dead franchise is one with a few mild highs and some abysmal lows. Rave to the Grave is a low point and hopefully the end of this zombie franchise. Really there is nothing new here except for a hitchhiking zombie.

Psychopathia Sexualis:
For a film with such a great title, this is neither disturbing in its depravity or titillating in its delivery. Clinical and boring in its approach this film may very well be only be for psychopaths with a sexual dysfunction.

Get Shorty: I am not a big fan of mob movies but this film took the concept in a completely different direction with fantastic results. The ensemble cast (led by John Travolta and Gene Hackman) was excellent and the humor was spot on. Well worth a viewing.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a special piece of film. Filled with excellent performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney, Sidney Lumet’s non-linear heist film is a fantastically thrilling piece of cinema.

If you want to know what I think about the films, games, books I see/play/read when I finish them then follow me on Twitter (@kariyanine)or on Short Reviews. Of course I will still have formal reviews of select films, like tomorrow’s review of Survival of the Dead.


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