Movie-Freak's Reviews

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Avengement (2019)

So…prison turned you into a stone-cold killer, did it? Nah, prison didn’t. You and my brother did. I’ve just seen the Philippine revenge film “Maria” in which a beautiful woman beats up everyone she encounters. And before I know it, the next one presents itself already. This time it’s a...

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The Outsider (2018)

When you dishonor your boss and you want to show remorse, you give your finger. It’s called otoshimae. I see you’ve got all your fingers. Even though I don’t have any affinity with Japanese culture as such and mostly ignore Asian films, I couldn’t resist giving “The Outsider”  a chance....

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Maria (2019)

Film Review : Maria She’s still alive. Who’s she? Lily. Lily’s still alive! John Wick had a good reason to make things difficult for his former boss. They liquidated his cute dog and stole his car. In the movie “Polar“, Duncan Vizla’s retirement savings were compromised. In this Filipino revenge...

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We die Young (2019)

When Rincon started doing his Shakespeare, you knew some poor bastard’s about to get smoked. “We Die Young” is not a typical Jean-Claude Van Damme film, where he can show off his trained body. In fact, in this film, the number of times Van Damme is demonstrating his fighting techniques,...

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High Life (2018)

I fear, Willow. I could drown like a kitten. It would have been easy. First you, then me. The film “High Life” is just as meaningful as the expedition for which those sentenced to death have registered voluntarily. Not very meaningful. I do understand why they have chosen for it....

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Ánimas (2018)

When you’re five, it’s normal to have imaginary friends… But at my age, it means you’re crazy. “Ánimas” certainly isn’t an easy film. It also takes a while before you realize what’s actually going on. The film looks enormously artistic thanks to the quirky image setting. Scenes in different color...

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Captive State (2019)

Light a match. Ignite a war. When I saw the trailer of “Captive State” for the first time, I was immediately overenthusiastic. It seemed like a suspenseful and action-rich Science Fiction about extraterrestrial dominance and their reign. I already imagined myself a kind of movie as “Independence Day” or “War...

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Zoo (2018)

Film Review : Zoo Come on, it’s just some big pharmaceutical company trying to cash in. Admit it, the zombie horror genre has been thoroughly milked in recent years. Last years the market is flooded with films in which a global epidemic causes the rise of a maddened mob of...

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Ben is back (2018)

Film Review : Ben is Back Here’s the deal, and it is not negotiable. You get a day. Films about addictions and the destructive effect on family life and personal well-being. I have a hard time dealing with it. “Beautiful Boy” made a crushing impression on me recently. I was...

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The Silence (2019)

Film Review : The Silence What the hell does that mean? “Don’t make noise.” There are still certainties in this world. First of all, you can expect that if a type of movie has enormous success, something similar will appear in no time. A matter of surfing on the wave...

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Us (2019)

Film Review : Us Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. “Get out” was a big nod to the racist past (and...

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El Bar (2017)

Film Review : El Bar Hey, a little respect. We’re all human beings here. We have to stick together and stay calm. “El bar” pretends to be a thriller comedy, but falls short on both levels. The film leans rather towards the comedy genre. But in terms of thriller, it’s...

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Primal Rage: The Legend of Konga (2018)

Film Review : Primal Rage So you’re telling me right here, right now to my face, that you actually believe there’s an Oh-Mah out there? Admittedly, “Primal Rage” certainly won’t win the prize for the most original film. And there are some pain points to be found in this B-film....

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Wildling (2018)

Film Review : Wildling Do you want to hear a story? Do you want me to tell you about the Wildling? “Wildling” is a peculiar film. It’s hard to put a specific label on it. One moment it feels like a teenage movie about a freshly emerging love. On the...

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The highwaymen (2019)

Film Review : The highwaymen Bonnie and Clyde have been on the road for two years. Cold-blooded killers who are more adored than movie stars. This has to stop. Who doesn’t know Bonnie and Clyde? In 1930, this pre-war couple had nothing better to do than go down the path...

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Escape Room (2019)

Film Review : Escape Room Be the first to escape our most immersive rooms yet and win $10,000. Does coincidence exist? I’m starting to believe it. Coincidentally, I had just seen this movie and a few days later my wife receives a birthday present from her brother. An entrance ticket...

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A.I. Rising (2018)

Film Review : A.I. Rising I was always wondering whether I was able to create life. It seems that I am. Take any porn movie and you can be sure there’ll be some plumber who not only tries to repair the drain but also will examine the installation of the...

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Occupation (2018)

Film Review : Occupation I got out of worse situations than this. Been married three times. This must be the stupidest movie ever made about aliens who want to use our planet as a replacement. We already saw it happening in “War of the worlds” and “Independence Day“. But those...

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“The Film that Started it All” blogathon !

Time flies. Faster than I would like. For more than 5 years I’ve been writing down my opinion about films I’ve seen. It won’t give me eternal fame, but I discovered that I really liked the writing part. And I must admit that I received very nice comments about it...

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What keeps you Alive (2018)

Film Review : What keeps you Alive She fell off a cliff. 911, my wife, she fell off a cliff. Oh, my God! Please help me. Some marriages fail because married people come to realize that their interests are different or because there are too many contradictions that lead to...

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Prospect (2018)

Film Review : Prospect The Queen’s Lair. That’s a theory. What a fantastic SF! Not because there are breathtaking space landscapes. Or because impressive, galactic battles are being fought. And you won’t see a collection of exotic-looking aliens. To be honest, everything looks pretty cheap. As if someone has searched...

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Destroyer (2018)

Film Review : Destroyer What’s up? Silas is back. Obviously, the most striking element of this film is the transformation of Nicole Kidman. Her weathered, unkempt appearance with black-rimmed eyes, smudged skin, and a tousled haircut indicate an unhealthy lifestyle and a stubborn addiction. It soon becomes clear that the...

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Level 16 (2018)

Film Review : Level 16 Each hall has its top girl and in this hall it’s me. “Level 16” really is an original film. Perhaps fairly minimalistic and limited in terms of storyline, but grand when it’s about the denouement. The moment the idea behind it all becomes clear, it...

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A Vigilante (2018)

Film Review : A Vigilante I’m looking out the window, and the trucks won’t stop coming. Anyone saw “John Doe: Vigilante“? No? I hope you’re not going to waste your time on that one. Just put that intention aside and watch the movie “A vigilante” instead. The latter is much...

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The Mule (2018)

Film Review : The Mule Family’s the most important thing. Work’s fine, if it’s in second position. But first position should be family. “The Old Man & the Gun” might be the piece de résistance of Robert Redford. “The Mule” might be the grand finale in Clint Eastwood’s career. This...

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Fractured (2018)

Who the fuck are you? Guess Who. Are you a fan of home-invasion movies where the concept of revenge keeps coming back, then this might be a must see for you. I say “maybe” because you’ll have to wait patiently for the first forty minutes before you realize what it’s...

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T-34 (2018)

Film Review : T-34 I’ll give you another chance. You choose and prepare a Russian tank crew. On a designated day at the shooting range, you show your science, to my cadets. You won’t have ammunition. Just your skill. If you die … you die as a soldier on the...

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Ride (2018)

James, I am not gonna be the force in your life that prevents you from hanging out with this girl tonight. I mean, who knows, man, maybe you’re meant… meant to kiss her tonight. This film had everything to make it an extremely exciting end product. A fascinating storyline with...

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Dead in the water (2018)

Kill me. Kill yourselves. End this. Although the opening scene with the “Amphitrite” (a kind of fishing boat) traveling across the ocean looked really cheap in terms of “special effects”, the rest of the film wasn’t so bad. The ocean scene really looked as if it was a toy boat...

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

I thought you’d retired. No, we’re-we’re… we’re getting older, but we’re not done yet. Simply nostalgia. “Stan & Ollie” is a trip to a bygone era when I was a little boy. When I returned from school on Friday afternoon, I threw my schoolbag somewhere in a corner and turned...

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Guest Blog : Climax (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic During the past 20 years, Gaspar Noé has made just five feature films.  Climax – which has recently been released on DVD and Blu-ray – appeared after the shortest gap in his filmography, following his 2015 3D feature Love.  The list of people you could...

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining. I’ve always wanted to do something long-form, beyond opinion. Dip my toe into an exploration of origin and essence. A metamorphosis of spirit into reality. I’ve… I’ve never had the vehicle until now. Regularly I’m asked to watch a low-budget film and to...

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Life itself (2018)

So, what does that tell us? That the only truly reliable narrator is life itself. But life itself is also a completely unreliable narrator because it is constantly misdirecting and misleading us and taking us on this journey where it is literally impossible to predict where it’s gonna go next....

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Halloween (2018)

He’s no longer dormant. He only knows how to keep moving and to keep killing. And he will kill again unless he’s captured. Exactly 40 years ago the film “Halloween“, directed by John Carpenter, was released. A milestone in the slasher genre. It was in this film that Laurie Strode...

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Short Feature : The Babysitter (2017)

Regularly they ask me if I could watch an independent movie and write something about it so that it gets some extra attention. I got an email from Greg Klepper, maker of the short film “The Babysitter“, with a rather poignant message. Apparently, this film was shunned by the festival...

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The Bouncer (2019)

If something happens to my daughter I’ll kill you. You and your boss. Just when you think that an icon such as Jean-Claude Van Damme is becoming a caricature of himself and in danger of sinking into oblivion, he surprises you with such a part as in this film. The...

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Charismata (2017)

Even if you never had to learn police work like the rest of us plebs, anybody with a TV knows that it takes three bodies to make a serial killer. You know what I’m saying, you’re just being pedantic. Take the brilliant movie “Se7en” and replace the two inspectors Somerset...

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Overlord (2018)

The German doctor, he believes the tar in the ground has some kind of a power. He calls it his science. But it’s just an excuse to kill us. When I watched the movie “Trench 11” at the end of last year, I already said this might be the cheaper...

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Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

Jesus Christ. It’s Rob Zombie’s house. They came up with the following slogans for “Hereditary“: “The scariest film ever” and “A highlight in horror in the last 50 years“. Well, I wonder what they would say about “Incident in a Ghostland“? I won’t say this is the most masterful horror...

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Hereditary (2018)

If you could have just said, “I’m sorry”, or faced up to what happened. Maybe then we could do something with this. But you can’t take responsibility for anything! So now I can’t accept… And I can’t forgive because… Because nobody admits anything they’ve done! “Hereditary“. A film I was...

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The man who killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (2018)

That day, I just killed a man. What he stood for was unstoppable. The absurd title alone should stimulate your curiosity. A film with such a whopper of a title (sounding completely absurd) can only lead to an unrivaled experience. My first reaction was: “Only Monty Python can come up...

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Boar (2017)

Either I’m pissed off my chest mate, or that’s the biggest fucking boar I’ve ever seen. In 1955 we had a giant octopus in “It came from beneath the Sea” and last year we had the giant shark in “The Meg“. And in between, we were treated to a manifold...

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

The El Royale is a bi-state establishment. You have the option to stay in either the great state of California… or the great state of Nevada. Warmth and sunshine to the west… or hope and opportunity to the east. Which would you prefer? Let me get straight to the point....

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The old man & the gun (2018)

Well, what do you do then? Well, that’s a secret. With “The Old Man & the Gun“, we probably say goodbye to a real film legend. According to some sources, Robert Redford wants to draw a line under his rich film career in a stylish way. In my opinion, he...

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Seat 25 (2017)

You decide to go to Mars forever and you forget to tell your husband? I’m open to all kinds of films. It doesn’t have to be a blockbuster with star actors. I love indies as well. And already several times I was lucky enough to see a gem of a...

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Mermaid’s song (2018)

Her story begins where the fairy tale ends. I suppose this movie was inspired by the well-known fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” by Christian-Andersen. Now, if you were an attentive reader, you’d noticed that this little sea-dweller was explicitly present throughout the whole story. If this film is a kind...

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Superfly (2018)

God is great. God is powerful, yeah. But even more so, God is all-knowing. And that is what makes him scary as shit. Do you understand what I’m saying? This remake of the movie “Super Fly” from the 70s, with Ron O’Neal as Priest, isn’t really my favorite kind of...

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

Relapse is a part of recovery. 8 Years ago I found myself in a similar hopeless situation. With my back against the wall. Desperately searching for a way out. Knowing that I had to change my way of life drastically. Or else I would be admiring the roots of green...

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Cargo (2017)

We have no idea what it was that bit you. It had fingers, Andy! Fuck! If there’s one genre with so many releases that you get tired of it, it’s certainly the zombie genre. I’m sure this kind of movies is made on a daily basis. Movies in which infected...

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Bird Box (2018)

You never, ever take off your blindfold. If you look, you will die. Do you understand? Each year ends with a bang. You’ll have the end-of-year festivities and people party themselves into the new year. But when it’s about movies, this one created an end-of-a-filmyear-bang. Frankly, I didn’t expect too...

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The house with a clock in its walls (2018)

You can eat cookies till you throw up, for all I care. You’ll see… things are…quite different here. Have you seen “Goosebumps” where Jack Black plays the leading role as well? Well, you can expect almost the same thing. A kids-sized horror film. And I had the same feelings about...

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Jonathan (2018)

Wow. You’ve given each other the perfect male fantasy. Sex without emotional attachment. Fascinating. That’s the best description for this film. “Jonathan” is not an easy movie and it excels in monotony. But give this not so action-packed, one location situated film a chance and maybe you’ll discover how unparalleled...

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I still see you (2018)

The Event took people we cared about, but it also left a part of them behind. Remnants. When I saw “Shovel Buddies” a while ago, I decided to add the item “Watch movies with Bella Thorne playing in it” to my to-do list. Now, I have a large number of...

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Suspiria (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic Moordvrouw star Renée Soutendijk is back on the big screen in this lavish, controversial remake of Dario Argento’s classic 70s horror.  The past few years may have seen Soutendijk become a fixture on RTL 4, but recently both the Amsterdam-born actress and her Moordvrouw co-star...

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Slender Man (2018)

Those who hear the three bells toll, accept his invitation. When you hear the first, you must close your eyes, keeping words unspoken. If one wants to hear, you must listen closely, for they are soft and distant. I was really curious about this movie. Not that I expected anything...

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Apostle (2018)

These people… they’re blasphemers… a cult, a disease. Be careful. Be smart. Bring her home. The first thing that came to my mind while watching “Apostle“, was the movie “The Witch“. It takes place in the same time period. Here, too, an old-fashioned sounding English is spoken. And it’s also...

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Await Further Instructions (2018)

I don’t think the messages are a government broadcast. It’s almost like they’re reacting to what we do. Initially, I would immediately add “Await further instructions” to the list of “useless movies that only ensure that you don’t start running into the walls out of boredom”. But on the other...

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Lake Placid: Legacy (2018)

You people are out of your minds. The place you wanna go? It’s off-limits. This is really the most miserable film I’ve seen this year. Not only the story was totally stupid and completely absurd. Also, the acting was sometimes extremely bad. I’m sure there are local theater associations who...

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Warning shot (2018)

All right, I need you to loosen the guy up. He’s old, all right? Do not kill him. The only thing I wondered afterward was “Why for God sake was this movie made?“. I’m not saying that this was the most horrible film of the year. Or the most superfluous...

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Los Olvidados (2017)

Epecuen looks like the scene from a movie. A horror movie… The Onetti brothers could have made it easy on themselves by dubbing the movie “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to an Argentine version. Because to be honest, this movie “Los Olvidados” is almost a perfect copy of this legendary film....

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The Darkest Minds (2018)

This is not about politics. It’s about your children. This is about our children. We will find a cure and we will save our precious sons and daughters. If you want to form a sentence with the words “monotony”, “mediocrity”, “clichéd sameness” and “corny”, you can do that without any...

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Flora (2017)

Rudyard, there are no people living in this forest. Do you see any animals? There’s no flora with any color, nothing to allure insects! Are you someone who prefers to spend his free time in his perfectly tended garden? Is your lawn as if a delegation from the International Golf...

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Mandy (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic So, what you huntin’? Jesus freaks. I didn’t know they were in season, man. In “Rambo II” and “Cobra“, George Pan Cosmatos directed two Sylvester Stallone films which could hardly be more 80s; these movies stand as two of the more memorable examples from that...

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Trench 11 (2017)

The air is moving. Fritz left a door open somewhere. Did the creators of “Trench 11” know that the film “Overlord” is going to be released this autumn? Or did they want to beat film studio “The Asylum” and be the first one to deliver a low-budget horror in which...

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Painless (2017)

Every once in a while, nature makes a mistake. The beginning explains a lot. First, footage of an adorable-looking 2-year-old, growing up and having one injury after the other. And again and again, you get this emotionless stare because he turns out to be numb to pain. In addition, there’s...

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At first light (2018)

Hey, Sean, you got to see this. Look, this… this girl, you got to see what she can do. She has some crazy powers or something. Although this minimalist SF offers a rather disappointing outcome and they could have done more with the powers Alex (Stefanie Scott) has at a...

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Dark Crimes (2018)

You’re the girl in the inner room. Alicja is your story. You talked, he wrote it down. I suppose it’s almost impossible to use an exuberant color palette for a film situated in a Slavic country. Every time the story takes place in such a communist or ex-communist country, the...

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Patient Zero (2018)

The virus has laid dormant in us since the beginning of time. And the extremes of modern stress have caused it to awaken. We’re all, in essence, Patient Zero. There you are! Another zombie movie. And also one where they tried to use something unique, in order to give it...

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

First it was borderline personality,then severe depression, yesterday, she said it was antisocial with schizoid tendency. She’s basically just flipping to random pages of the DSM-5and throwing medications at me. But I have a perfectly healthy brain. It just doesn’t contain feelings. There are films that aren’t much of a...

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A wrinkle in Time (2018)

To utilize a tesseract… all you need is to tap into the right frequency. You just need your mind. I’ve never tried L.S.D. in my life. But while watching this confusing and psychedelic-looking movie, I thought my wife used some exotic spices in my dinner I’d just eaten. After a...

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He’s out there (2018)

Daddy can see us…when he gets here. But he’s already here. Do you fancy a movie along the lines of “Hush” but with people who aren’t mute? In short, a film in which there’s a lot of screaming. And should there be co-stars who are simply mown down with a...

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Pyewacket (2017)

I call upon you, brought by leaves and seeds. Hear with my ears and speak with my tongue. I invite you to come. Pyewacket. If you’ve already read one of my reviews, you’d know I enjoy a low-budget, independent film occasionally. A film where you already know in advance that...