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Split

Every time there’s buzz around a movie, I promise myself I won’t give in to the hype. And every time I get sucked in.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split was no exception. No matter what kind of drivel the man has produced since The 6th Sense, it seems like the world keeps hoping that he’ll finally come up with something to equal the well-deserved success of his breakout film.

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You are tearing me apart, Lisa!

I’ve spent quite some time on this blog – and in private conversations – discussing good movies, awful movies, addictive TV shows and the effects of pop culture in general. So I figure it’s about time we discuss the best worst movie ever made. Sure, there are plenty of contenders for the title, and I certainly don’t claim to have watched every terrible film out there, but in my mind, there is but one true champion.

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The Neon Demon, aka worst movie of the year

Okay. So this one had a decent rating and was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It had a big-name cast, if not a slightly odd one – Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, the guy who played Jack Bass on Gossip Girl, and the girl who played Joanna in the Hunger Games. It’s got a semi-interesting plot line – young pretty girl tries to make it as a model in L.A. but jealous bitches will do everything to get what she’s got.

I’ve seen movies that had much less going for them this year, but each and every one was better than the utter drivel that was the Neon Demon. I know, I know. The title alone should have tipped me off. But hell, I liked Drive, I liked Bronson, I (kinda) liked Only God Forgives; I thought Refn’s momentum and quasi-cult-following in recent years pretty much guaranteed a decent movie. Boy was I wrong.

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Confinement thrillers: why are so few of them actually good?

As is probably obvious by now, I love me a good ol’ horror flick. It can be bloody as hell – the bloodier the better, really – or just edge-of-your-seat, pulse-racing scary, but all my favorite scary movies usually have a common denominator: I need them to make sense.

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If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look…

… you can’t get rid of The Babadook.

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Well, at the very least you can’t get rid of the terribly catchy little rhyme.

This little independent flick kept popping up on various ‘best of‘ lists of scary movies I was checking out; some reviewers even went so far as to declare it one of the scariest movies of the decade, so I figured it’s worth a shot.

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Horror Movie Night: double feature

Although there’s about a dozen horror movies in my watchlist and I only picked these two at random, they evidently complemented each other perfectly.

In line with the growing trend of found footage and documentary-style horror flicks ever since the groundbreaking, at the time, Blair Witch Project, both Unfriended and The Visit follow a similar motif.

Except Blair Witch Project was original and scary as hell; I normally don’t get queasy nor do I jump at loud noises, but I watched this in a theater and loudly gasped several times throughout the shaky cam shots.

These two, however, not really scary; just… meh.

But hey, allow me to let you judge for yourselves:

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Movie Night chez TR’s: triple feature

So I decided to take a break from my White Collar binge-watching and catch up on a couple of movies. One out of three isn’t very good, but at least I get to rant about it here =)

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Just finished watching “Knock Knock”… what a colossal waste of time.

The perils of trusting IMDb ratings

I was going through my external hard drive last night. It’s full of movies, some of them old favorites I tend to watch over and over again; some of them movies I downloaded at some point with the intent to watch them but never got around to it. None of them a movie I felt like watching at 11 pm on a Saturday night.

So I browsed through lists online: best of, recent years’ blockbusters, lists of movies you might enjoy if you liked so-and-so… and I stumbled across Only Lovers Left Alive.
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