Sadako vs Kayako review

“Who would win in a fight?” is the great conversation starter. You yell about it on the playground. You debate the finer points in the bar. Who you back in a match-up between two fictional characters can sometimes say a lot about you and your tastes. Batman or Superman? Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees? Alien or predator?

And now we’ve reached peak versus with the arrival of Sadako vs Kayako, which pits the evil spirits from The Ring and The Grudge against each other in an absurd supernatural throwdown. In one corner, you have a longhaired young woman with a penchant for possessing outdated physical media. In the other, you have a broken-bodied, frog-throated demoness who really doesn’t like visitors. And when they do fight, will anyone care?

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The Eyes of My Mother Review

There’s a scene in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre where Leatherface, the deranged serial killer who wears the skin of his victims, runs to the window of his isolated farmhouse. He’s just made quick work of two teenagers who wandered onto his property one after another and he has no idea where they came from, what they wanted, and if more are on the way. Through that grotesque flesh-mask, we can see his eyes: confusion and fear and concern for what else this day may bring him. For a few seconds, this monstrous figure is so oddly…human.

The Eyes of the Mother is like a feature-length version of that shot.

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the age of shadows review

Almost every Kim Jee-woon film is a blasted battlefield where style and substance have declared war on one another. Most of the time, the two reach a stalemate – films like The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw the Devil are energetic masterpieces that often feel as if they’re teetering on the edge of collapse, films whose expansive running times are justified by the sheer amount of things happening on the screen. It may take awhile, but even The Last Stand (Kim’s first and, so far, last foray into Hollywood) taps into his innate desire to tear up everything on the screen with gleeful, gory debauchery. It’s his default mode and it has served him well.

The Age of Shadows is a quite the departure for the director, who has returned to South Korea and has returned with a slick historical spy epic that finds his most identifiable traits being moved to the back burner, for better and worse.

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Star Wars Go Rogue Chapter 4 Released

Star Wars Go Rogue Chapter 4

Disney and Hasbro have released the fourth and final chapter from the #GoRogue series of stop-motion shorts created by Star Wars super fans to showcase the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys. Head on over to our previous coverage to learn more about the Go Rogue series, but the basic gist is that the short films feature several new figures and vehicles from Hasbro’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy lineup. Chapter 4 was animated completely using LEGO. Watch all four chapters of Star Wars Go Rogue right now after the jump.
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american honey review

The United States of America is a nation of many nations. Within this vast expanse, you carve out your own destiny, define your existence, and struggle against the walls, both real and imagined, that box you in. You choose to look past those whose nation is so different from your own, your gaze deliberately passing through a individual, a fellow human being, whose circumstances are so alien to your own. Or maybe you wonder why that person won’t look you in the eye, why they’re looking at you without looking at you, and why their polite smile is so empty. It’s easy to get lost in America.

Andrea Arnold‘s American Honey is a machine powered by empathy, 163-minute odyssey through the forgotten and overlooked ranks of humanity who call America’s heartland their home. This is a road trip through flyover country, a cinematic opportunity to meet the gaze of those so many have forgotten or dismissed. It is a masterpiece and one of the best movies of 2016.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Honest Trailer

This past summer brought us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, for everyone who didn’t learn their lesson from the awful first movie in the rebooted comic book franchise that is now in the hands of producer Michael Bay and whatever director is looking for a paycheck. And now Honest Trailers is taking it to task.

While the sequel brought all of the characters into the mix that they were hoping to see, there’s still no accounting for an awful screenplay that makes no goddamn sense and the same old rehashed plot that we’ve seen at least half a dozen times this decade already. Watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Honest Trailer after the jump to see the movie get skewered. Read More »

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Star Wars - AT-AT Desk Organizer

There is an endless array of Star Wars merchandise out there for you to put on your shelves, decorate your car, cook cheeseburgers with and pretty much anything you can think of. They’re not all great items, but every now and then comes something that isn’t just an easy cash grab with a logo slapped on it. Today we have one of those items.

Premium Bandai over in Japan has an incredible new desk organizer in the form of an AT-AT. As you can see in the picture above, it has some cool compartments in the body of the Imperial vehicle that obliterates the Rebel Alliance on the ground assault on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. But the real selling point is how it organizes a charging cable for your mobile devices.

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phantasm remastered review

How does Phantasm exist?

That’s an odd rhetorical question to ask of a movie that has such a strong cult following, that has inspired four sequels over 37 years, and has inducted a genuine horror icon into the genre canon in the form of Angus Scrimm‘s The Tall Man. But revisiting the film in 2016 courtesy of a new 4K restoration that has the film looking better than ever, demands that this question be asked. Because Don Coscarelli‘s horror masterpiece isn’t just creepy, funny and wildly entertaining – it’s weird. Deeply weird. Endearingly weird. Weird on the kind of wavelength that you really don’t see very often. And it’s a wavelength that many horror fans seem to be right in tune with.

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the autopsy of jane doe review

The horror genre is so often dominated by stupid characters doing stupid things, so it’s refreshing to watch a film like The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Here is a frightening story about two intelligent men whose talents for science and deduction break against a wall of undefinable supernatural power. Here is a fascinating mystery where the pleasures are not only derived from a series of increasingly terrifying and impossible discoveries, but from watching these two men work down a checklist of every possible rational explanation before realizing they are beyond their limits.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a film as interested in process as it is in jump scares and the result is one of the most entertaining horror movies I’ve seen in a year that has had no shortage of great scary movies.

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