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2014 IN REVIEW: The Films I Didn’t See (January – April)

January 15, 2015 1 comment

Joe - Tye Sheridan, Nicolas Cage

I’m not going to waste too much time this year on introductions. We all pretty much know this is the dumping ground for lesser films prior to the summer blockbusters and awards season after that. Still, it’s worth mentioning that this was a slog to go through, and I didn’t even see these movies; I just charged myself with reviewing why I never got around to them.

Yes, 2014 may have been a record year for me seeing the most movies from that year, but there were still movies I never got around to or never even had the ability to see due to either foreign or limited release. I still like going over them, however, as this process often leads  to me finding some unexpected gems that I might enjoy. Some of these I might become so interested in that I see them before I even get to the films I did see, so there is actually a possibility you might see these films reappear in this 2014 in Review series if that becomes the case.

Anyway, here are many of the films from January to April 2014 that I didn’t see, for one reason or another. It’s by no means complete, but that’s what you get when you’re using Wikipedia and Best of/Worst of lists from other sites. Read more…

Review: “Saw”

October 4, 2011 10 comments

Director: James Wan

Produced by: Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules

Written by: Leigh Whannell (screenplay), James Wan & Leigh Whannell (story)

Music by: Charlie Clouser

Starring: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, Leigh Whannell

Year: 2004

I never thought I’d ever get the courage to watch a film in this series. The Saw franchise has been said to be the beginning of mainstream horror films becoming profoundly morbid with sadistic displays of gore and torture for gore and torture’s sake. The trend has become so prevalent that there’s even a mainstream term for this subgenre: “torture porn.” Lovely. Read more…

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