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Movie Tally 2013: Stake Land (2010)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

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Movie Tally 2013 – Stake Land (2010)

Directed by Jim Mickle

Viewed: 1/2/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Stake Land has some moments but suffers from an unnecessary narration and an emotionless lead performance. Solid, if tired, idea that never amounts to much more than some cool gore and useless characters.

    2.0 out of 5

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Movie Tally 2013: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

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Movie Tally 2013 – James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Directed by Henry Selick

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Rewatch

The live action footage is much rougher than I remember it being.  Clearly made on a set and with a slightly limited live action budget makes for a tough start but once it gets to the stop motion animation, the movie becomes the fun fantasy film I remember liking when I was younger. Still beautiful and the songs are good too.

    3.5 out of 5

Movie Tally 2013: The Loneliest Planet (2011)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

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Movie Tally 2013 – The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Directed by Julia Loktev

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Decent performances can’t hide this boring hike through the mountains.  The film starts out promising enough with some heavy “lets get to know these characters” moments but unfortunately it never goes anywhere nearly misfiring every step of the way in the second half.  A sloggy movie with absolutely no reason to have its 113 minute runtime. It may have worked as a 90 minute feature but as it is, it’s too long filled with too much walking.

    1.5 out of 5

Movie Tally 2013: A Town Called Panic (2009)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

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Movie Tally 2013 – A Town Called Panic (2009)

Directed by Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Rewatch

Hilarious and delightfully weird, A Town Called Panic utilizes a wacky stop motion animated style to tell an acid trip journey of 3 plastic figurines. Alternate water worlds, birthday brick parties and marathon dance sessions, there is enough here to keep your attention and beg for more.

    4.5 out of 5