From Riley on Film: “Thanks for Sharing, 2012 – ★★★½”

Addiction/12 Step movies are prevalent but some shine for their specialness. This is a special film. Ruffalo leads the cast through a series of vignettes that provide a deeper level for discussion. No movie can plumb the depths fully but this one leads us to the precipice of sexual addiction.

What fascinated me the most was the relationship between Ruffalo’s and Gwynneth Paltrow’s character. I kept asking myself if a relationship could withstand the past exploits of a sex addict when introduced.

Don’t come here looking for comic relief, it’s devastatingly morose. Still, the small victories and deft acting dialogs make it a compelling, entertaining watch. Enlightening? I’ll say this much, it starts a discussion. There could have been some more realistic writing throughout but here and there it really succeeds with a difficult subject.

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From Riley on Film: “100 Feet, 2008 – ★★★½”

This is high excitement horror. A woman is on house arrest for killing her abusive thug husband. It seems he occupies the house too as a ghost.

This is a good movie but don’t call it low budget. It was made with 10 million bucks. It has the charm of low budget though. The practical effects must have left money to hire the bigger names in it. Definitely worth the watch. Lots of logical errors but this is horror, who’s counting?

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From Riley on Film: “(Podcast) Alien & Intruders: Rewatchable Horror 1”

Listen here –> thedrpodcast.com/alien-intruders-rewatchable-horror-1/

When it comes to rewatchable, these two are at the top of the list. Hear me talk about why I started my series on Rewatchable Horror movies with these two. Note that “Intruders” was first called “Shut In.”

Published first at the DRP film podcast: bit.ly/2BFeUF9

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From Riley on Film: “Hard Candy, 2005 – ★★★★★”

Finally, another perfect horror experience! This film has high popularity for a reason. Ellen Page plays a teen that stalks an uncaught pedophile and killer to teach him a lesson. Robert Patrick is unforgettably brave as an actor here.

This film left me thinking about all sorts of things. In short, I thought “WTF did I just see?” Please see this now! It is a hidden gem I had missed until now. 10/10

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From Riley on Film: “(Podcast) 3 Horrors: Isolation, In the Tall Grass, & Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

Listen here –> thedrpodcast.com/3-horrors-isolation-in-the-tall-grass-scary-stories-to-tell-in-the-dark/

I talk about three horror movies in this episode. Isolation is the one I liked the best. You’ll have to see if you agree with me on all three. I liked what they did with practical effects and a small budget. Long Live indy horror like “Isolation.”

Published first at the DRP film podcast: bit.ly/2MT09E2

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From Riley on Film: “In the Tall Grass, 2019 – ★★½”

This reminded me of the TV show “Lost” because it was immersed in a mystery that hopefully would be solved. Also like “Lost” it takes advantage of the audience’s credulity and never sensibly explains anything.

A brother and sister traveling pull up beside a tall grassy field. As they get out to help someone screaming, they become the ones needing help.

I knew early on by the director’s choice to leave rice pudding on the woman’s face, as a prop to show she vomited. I had a feeling that horror choice would be all the director had. Still, I watched it all to hive it a chance. There is very little worth watching here. It IS on Netflix though so if you can’t get out, I’d qualify it as a horror, there were several times I was captivated, but not a ton of times.

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From Riley on Film: “Alien, 1979 – ★★★★★”

A perfect film. I think of this movie as a classic stage play getting repeated all over the theater world year after year. Only this is a film from 1979 and this cast and crew just made it once, perfectly that one time.

The creature is an important attraction. It is impeccably made through the use of a person in a costume. Clearly tobs of time was spent designing it. They call it “practical effect” when the suited stuntman reaches out his webbed hands to grab and consume a person.

The music sounds great in my surround sound. The acting is highly credible. This film puts me in a good trance every time. It is and will always be a horror film I rate as 10/10. If you haven’t seen it, please do it soon.

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From Riley on Film: “Friday the 13th Part III, 1982 – ★★★½”

Nobody stands a chance in this franchise! The biker gangs, the campers, the sex entwined lovers … Jason plays no favorites.

This is a real fun one. It’s more f the same formula everybody loves, even despite the low ratings. We get an interesting look into what Jason “sees” in his mother in this one. I love the film. I think I rate it higher than the critics because I go in expecting little or nothing. It’s mindless fun. As the 80’s saying went, “No brains, no headache.”

This film is fun like any slasher, and this one apparently write the book on them.

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