General Zombie's Movies Watched in 05/11

A Listmania! list by General Zombie (the West)
 
Spiral
1.  Spiral DVD ~ Amber Tamblyn
The list author says:
  "(D+) Lunatic character study of the most uninspiring sort. Slow as molasses with a weak central performance, and the potential twists will occur to any reasonable viewer early on."
$3.94   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4)
2.  The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4) DVD ~ Anna Brewster
The list author says:
  "(B-) Atmospheric Brit horror pic has a great setting and  moody build up. The final climaxes are a bit mixed, but it's watchable enough overall."
$7.95   Used & New from: $1.95
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Lightning Bug
3.  Lightning Bug DVD ~ Bret Harrison
The list author says:
  "(C-) Indie drama with some weird horror references. Main characters are okay, but it panders hard and relentlessly to the self-styled "outsider" audience."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Blood and Roses [VHS]
4.  Blood and Roses [VHS] VHS Mel Ferrer
The list author says:
  "(C-) Famous for being an early lesbian vampire film. There's certainly no other reason to remember it--it's meandering and rather ugly. Bleh."
Used & New from: $9.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Deliverance (Deluxe Edition)
5.  Deliverance (Deluxe Edition) DVD ~ Jon Voight
The list author says:
  "(A-) A little slow to start, but the second half is still remarkably intense and engrossing, and the leads are all excellent."
$4.00   Used & New from: $0.25
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Goddess of 1967
6.  Goddess of 1967 DVD ~ Rose Byrne
The list author says:
  "(D+) Aimless Aussie indie drama combines all the weaknesses of both contemporary and old-school indie films. Not too painful at any one instant, but it never gives you a reason to watch."
$19.00   Used & New from: $14.45
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Curse of the Crimson Altar (The Crimson Cult) [PAL import, Reg. 2]
7.  Curse of the Crimson Altar (The Crimson Cult) [PAL import, Reg. 2] DVD ~ Boris Karloff
The list author says:
  "(C+) Later 60s horror pic is an awkward mix, combining classic gothic with random attempts at 60s hipness/sexuality. Mostly kinda fun if you like the genre, but the ending is a bit weak, and nothing much makes it stand out otherwise."
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Capturing the Friedmans
8.  Capturing the Friedmans DVD ~ Arnold Friedman
The list author says:
  "(A-) Fascinating documentary concerning one of the many outlandish sexual abuse trials from the 80s. Works both as a specific case study and a reflection on the general trend. The case is almost maddeningly ambiguous, but that's where the intrigue comes in."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Brothers
9.  Brothers DVD ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
The list author says:
  "(B) Ads made this look like a love-triangle thriller, but it's really a character-oriented family drama. The rare film that should be longer so as to cover more ground, but what's here is effective. I also appreciate how it refuses to take the turns that would most impress shallow critics."
$5.00   Used & New from: $0.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Premonition
10.  Premonition DVD ~ Hiroshi Mikami
The list author says:
  "(B-) "The Dead Zone," Japanese style. Film is quite eerie, and the main characters are more sympathetic than usual. Like most trendy supernatural horror from Asia, though, they play it safe and predictable from beginning to end."
$5.95   Used & New from: $0.85
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Black Death (+ Digital Copy)
11.  Black Death (+ Digital Copy) DVD ~ Sean Bean
The list author says:
  "(B+) After 3 pretty good but unremarkable horror pics, C. Smith finally steps up. Period horror/thriller is remarkably bleak and filthy even for a medieval film, and it's surprisingly strong on the character front."
$7.38   Used & New from: $0.48
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

American Grindhouse
12.  American Grindhouse DVD ~ Robert Forster
The list author says:
  "(C) Thin, thin stuff, as such general documentaries often are. Is little more than clips and facile sociopolitical commentary."
$12.96   Used & New from: $6.23
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

I Saw the Devil
13.  I Saw the Devil DVD ~ Byung-Hun Lee
The list author says:
  "(B-) Stylishly gruesome Korean thriller works as grand guignol, but not nearly so much as drama. It's too singlemindedly and repetitively outre for that. Further, while Choi makes a fine villain, our vengeful protagonists is painfully bland."
$7.99   Used & New from: $3.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Heirloom
14.  The Heirloom DVD ~ Terri Kwan
The list author says:
  "(C) Has a creepy backstory and locale, but the horror setpieces simply fail to deliver and it has no pace at all."
$6.99   Used & New from: $1.14
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition)
15.  Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition) DVD ~ Stephen Boyd
The list author says:
  "(B) A little slow to get started, but it's good fun once it gets going, with a plethora a enjoyable old school effects. It's remarkably self-serious, considering the wacky concept."
$9.13   Used & New from: $2.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)

Shiver
16.  Shiver DVD ~ Mar Sodupe
The list author says:
  "(C-) Spanish horror pic isn't terrible, but it is subpar on almost all fronts: Geek protagonist, weak, unimpressive villain, needlessly convoluted narrative."
$7.01   Used & New from: $0.95
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Thor
17.  Thor by Patrick Doyle
The list author says:
  "(C+) Placeholder for the film, obviously.  Very goofy. You'd expect that, of course, but not quite this much. Not unentertaining, I suppose, but you can't help but shake your head much of the time."
$11.88   Used & New from: $5.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Vital
18.  Vital DVD ~ Tadanobu Asano
The list author says:
  "(C+) Tsukamoto film has a nice otherworldly feel and an intriguing setup, but it never delivers--it's an aimless art film. Further, the abstracted approach hurts the human/emotional element. Interesting, but quite flawed."
$12.58   Used & New from: $2.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy)
19.  Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy) DVD ~ Hayden Christensen
The list author says:
  "(B) Low-key apocalyptic horror from Anderson has an oppressive atmosphere and displays the director's always strong visuals. Characters are a bit dull, though, and the script leans towards a pretentious allusiveness. These latter points don't matter too much, though."
$7.99   Used & New from: $1.25
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)

The Mechanic
20.  The Mechanic DVD ~ Jason Statham
The list author says:
  "(B-) Follows the original more than I'd imagined it would, and the action scenes are fairly intense, if a bit standard issue. Not groundbreaking, but it fills the 90 minutes."
$8.30   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dying Breed (After Dark Horrorfest III)
21.  Dying Breed (After Dark Horrorfest III) DVD ~ Leigh Whannell
The list author says:
  "(C-) Aussie exploitation horror takes an eternity to get going and finally delivers little beyond some middling gore. It's a cinematic placebo."
$7.95   Used & New from: $0.72
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
22.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD ~ Michael Nyqvist
The list author says:
  "(D-) Bloated and generic Hollywood-style thriller made critical darling via the screamingly PC narrative (It involves, God help me, Misogynist Nazis and Strong, Abused Women.) Rapace's performance has approximately zero dimensions, and the soft, pudgy Crusading Reporter!!! is little better."
$10.73   Used & New from: $0.77
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,143 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Primal
23.  Primal DVD ~ Zoe Tuckwell-Smith
The list author says:
  "(C+) Efficient, well-shot, nice scenery, acceptable performances. And yet, the monsters are, well, pretty lame. This hurts a lot, needless to say."
$12.25   Used & New from: $4.97
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Blue Valentine
24.  Blue Valentine DVD ~ Michelle Williams
The list author says:
  "(B) Slow-moving indie anti-romance is effectively naturalistic and has two strong lead performances. The non-linear narrative is sometimes too cute, and it could be trimmed a bit, but the core material is strong."
$6.77   Used & New from: $0.48
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Mulberry Street (After Dark Horrorfest)
25.  Mulberry Street (After Dark Horrorfest) DVD ~ Nick Damici
The list author says:
  "(B) "28 Days Later" imitation is strengthened by a great sense of place and some surprisingly strong characters. You don't see working class New York much anymore. The horror elements are kind of standard issue, but these unusual high points make it work as a whole."
$7.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Peter Jackson's Bad Taste
26.  Peter Jackson's Bad Taste DVD ~ Costa Botes
The list author says:
  "(C-) An unfortunate dry run for the better, if still not great, "Dead Alive." Painfully ugly to look at, and incredibly low-rent gore doesn't do much for me nowadays. Just doesn't hold up, sorry."
$9.98   Used & New from: $4.98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Unknown
27.  Unknown DVD ~ Jim Caviezel
The list author says:
  "(B-) Highest of high concept thrillers: Reservoir Dogs with amnesia, more or less. Fundamentally silly, but moves along nicely with a surprisingly strong cast."
$8.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Next Door
28.  Next Door 
The list author says:
  "(C) Norwegian psychological/erotic thriller is overly transparent, and lacks the style or energy to overcome the telegraphed plot."
$5.74   Used & New from: $3.87
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Fortress
29.  Fortress DVD ~ Rachel Ward
The list author says:
  "(B-) Made for TV Aussie thriller grows ever more ludicrous as it moves along. This is part of the fun, though, and it takes plenty of unexpected turns."
$6.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

Guinea Pig Flower of Flesh and Blood/Making of Guinea Pig Double Feature
30.  Guinea Pig Flower of Flesh and Blood/Making of Guinea Pig Double Feature DVD ~ Kirara Yugao
The list author says:
  "(B-) Infamous pseudo-snuff short is pretty much exactly as described. Has fairly impressive gore considering the limited funds. There's some cheesiness around the edges, but that's probably for the best, and makes the whole experience slightly less sleazy."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Tattooed Life
31.  Tattooed Life DVD ~ Hideki Takahashi
The list author says:
  "(C+) By the numbers Yakuza thriller doesn't contain much of Suzuki's madness or style. Competent, but forgettable."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir (The Criterion Collection)
32.  Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Jô Shishido
The list author says:
  "(C for Rusty Knife) Japanese noir simulacrum is too slow and thin to be truly compelling. It attempts to be character-driven, but these characters aren't much worth noticing."
$39.25   Used & New from: $34.94
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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