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Posts by Robert Ring

Review: Torture Ship (1939)

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Some films set you up for a real treat, but the execution falls flat.  This one sets us up and kicks us in the groin.  And don’t let the title fool you — no torture here, unless you count the film itself.(read more...)

Review: Hard Candy (2005)

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Amid grief-inducing torture films like Hostel and Wolf Creek, and, on a much different part of the map, NBC’s ever-so-entertaining child predator stings on To Catch a Predator came the release of Hard Candy, a feel-good torture flick for the whole family, one you don’t have to feel bad about watching because its sadism is worked upon that member of society we all despise the most — the pedophile — and because its violence is mostly off-screen.  An interesting premise(read more...)

Review: Feast (2005)

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This movie starts and ends faster than anything I have seen in a while.  This means two things: 1. it has a breathtaking pace, and 2. it is pretty short, which, in this case, is not so much a flaw as it is a shame.  It simply runs out of gas because it spends the whole time in overdrive.  Feast, John Gulager’s debut film as a director, is clearly inspired by The Evil Dead (which, remember, also has a short runtime) and is surprisingly worthy of the comparison.  It is more than just a copycat, however, and that fusion of the proven and the new is what makes this film work. (read more...)

Review: King Kong (1933)

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King Kong is like Moby Dick.  Enormous animal theme aside, it’s one of those old great works that everyone knows about but that not many have actually seen for themselves.  It has become such a household name that relatively few people seem to truly care about it anymore.  They know the concept, so for some reason they don’t care to experience the film firsthand, or worse: they’ve seen a remake, so they accept it as a surrogate.  Peter Jackson’s remake did do a noble job of retelling the story, but, as the cliché goes, there’s just nothing like the original, and I’m sure Jackson would agree with that. 
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Review: The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

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This review is almost unnecessary.  Anyone who liked the first two films of the Creature trilogy will probably watch this move at some point just to see it, despite what is said about it.  Anyone who did not like the second or, somehow, the first installment will likely never consider watching this one, which I unfortunately cannot recommend viewing.  The problem with Revenge of the Creature, the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, was that it didn’t do anything new, even though it was pretty fun.  The problem with this one is that it tries too hard.  This film overtly extracts a symbolism from the creature and spends an hour and eighteen minutes plastering it to the screen, pleading, “Understand me!”  This is unfortunate because the story itself is actually pretty interesting, and the(read more...)

Review: Revenge of the Creature (1955)

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Undoubtedly, this movie will go unseen by many people because it is the sequel to a great piece of horror cinema — a formula that usually results in mediocrity. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic, the best swamp monster movie to date, so how can you expect its sequel to be anywhere near as good? Well, realistically, you can’t. Revenge of the Creature works with an interesting premise, established in the original, but instead of studying that premise further, the film merely looks back at it.(read more...)