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Just a random rant on my fondness for Die Hard. An “Ode to Die Hard” if you will.

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Surprisingly Positive Review for Crank 2: High Voltage

I haven’t even seen the first Crank movie, haven’t been a fan of any of Jason Statham’s movies (except Snatch, which he really isn’t the star of), and had no intention/motivation to see this Crank 2: High Voltage. However, after seeing some shockingly (see what I did there?) positive reviews on this movie, I decided to give it a chance.

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I will be posting reviews for various horror movies, mostly slasher films, at Oregon Movies, A to Z.  The first one, on Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, is up now. It’s a mockumentary/slasher flick clearly inspired by Man Bites Dog.

Top 15 (okay 16) films of 2004 Retro Edition

Back in 2004 I started constructing my Top 10 (or 15 or 20) films of each year lists. I didn’t have this blog then, and was just posting them on myspace (hey, remember when myspace was essentially twitter! Good times, good times). Before closing down my myspace I copied them with plans of posting them here and taking a look at what I think of each list retrospectively.

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The Importance of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Scream gets a ton of credit for resurecting the slasher genre, and horror movies as a whole, but often overlooked in this equation is Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Released two years before Scream, New Nightmare is essentially the same story, people in a horror movie who acknowledge they are in a horror movie and know the rules of slasher movies. Both are self-referential, laced with satire, and were directed by Craven.

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Top 15 Films of 2008 (updated)

Since I finally got around to seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button via the wonderful world of Netflix, I thought it would be a good time to publish my annual Top Films of the previous year list. And here…we…GO:

Top 15 Films of 2008:

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Lars and the Real Girl review

Lar and the Real Girl – stars Ryan Gosling, you might know him from Fracture or The Notebook, but you should know him from Half Nelson (made my top movies of 2006 list) and United States of Leland (think Donnie Darko without the weird timetravel stuff). Much like in the previous three movies I have seen of his, he was very very good in this. He is making his way onto the short list of best actors going.

The real gem in this movie is the performance by Paul Schneider. I hadn’t seen any of his previous work, but he is hilarious. His delivery in this is priceless. (If you go see this or have seen it, he is Lars’ brother).

The story, which under the control of different actors may have been corny, leads to tons of laugh out louds moments and still had heart as well. It walked the comedy/drama line very nicely.

Not much else can be said about the movie that wouldn’t ruin the plot. Another highly recommended movie.

Rating: 8.0/10