billhsu has written 9 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • Victim of Love

    Victim of Love

    ★½

    I'm partial to movies set in decadent old hotels with taxidermy in the rooms. And mysterious writhing bloody organs. But when the voiceover goes "Is Evil Born?", I get nervous.

    I could only take an hour of this. Part of Another Hole in the Head 2020.

  • The Hole in the Ground

    The Hole in the Ground

    ★½

    I like the basic idea, but the whole movie feels rather flat to me. There are impressive shots of the titular hole, but so little is done with it. It might as well have been a little gutter instead of the monumental canyon in the woods. There's not much to the story beyond the blurb, and the changes in the boy seem a little haphazard. I think we're all familiar with A24 gestures by now, and this is where the…

  • Ju-on: The Grudge

    Ju-on: The Grudge

    ★½

    Maybe this was pretty effective when it first came out. But watching it for the first time in 2020, it just seemed rather flat and uninventive to me. Other than a minute or two near the beginning with the nice visual design, I probably wouldn't remember much of this.

  • V/H/S: Viral

    V/H/S: Viral

    ★½

    Mostly interested in this for the Moorhead/Benson segment "Bonestorm", which was a bit rough. Some fun ideas with all the GoPro skateboard footage and clever sound design, but really lightweight compared with their features. Ok, when do we get to see Synchronic?

    With all the stellar reviews, I was only brave enough to lightly sample the rest. The only noteworthy bit was Nacho Vigalondo's "Parallel Monsters", which takes a Primer-like idea and turns it into an over-the-top body horror black comedy.

  • Christiane F.

    Christiane F.

    ★½

    This has dated very poorly.

  • Journey to the West

    Journey to the West

    ★½

    If I got to work with Lee Kang-Sheng and Denis Lavant, I'd let them do more than walk veeeeeery sloooooowly through Marseille.

  • Lucia

    Lucia

    ★½

    Very different from Atallah's animations.

  • X

    X

    ★½

    (Seen at Another Hole in the Head 2019.)

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★½

    I don't think this dates very well.