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  • Fletch

    Fletch 1985

    ★★★ Rewatched 30 Aug, 2015

    A lot of people really love this PG-rated, and rather inconsequential, comic thriller from the 80s. I'm not one of those people, but I think it's fine.

    It's by no means a big deal, though. It's a rather loosey-goosey movie built entirely around the charisma of its star - Chevy Chase. And, even though all reports point to the man being a real asshole in real life, I have to concede he's always had an amiable screen presence. He turns…

  • I'll Follow You Down

    I'll Follow You Down 2013

    ★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    This low budget, barebones Canadian techno thriller is not great by any means, but it is intriguing and it does a lot with very little. It feels like one of those American Playhouse movies they used to show on PBS. Some of them were pretty good, remember?

    And, sure, why not? This one is pretty good too.

    But first you have to get over the not entirely easy obstacle of having to look at 24-year-old Haley Joel Osment for 100…

  • Rage

    Rage 2014

    ★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Undoubtedly, this was packaged and sold as a standard DTV action thriller... A sort of Taken-style revenge thriller for fading 90s action star Nicolas Cage kind of thing.

    The film is ultimately a little more complex than that. Taken is not really an appropriate comparison. It's more like Mystic River with shootouts. It's what might have happened had that movie focused on Sean Penn and his two meathead buddies going around Boston and exacting brutal payback...

    So, I guess for…

  • Survivor

    Survivor 2015

    ★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    After a while, these thrillers all start to kind of bleed together and get a bit samey. The whole "A vengeful terrorist wants to blow up something that means a lot to the American people and only so-and-so can stop him" scenario has gotten pretty boring. And, on top of that, after a real vengeful terrorist already actually went and did that in real life, the movie version started to feel anti-climactic...and worse still, dreary and pretentious.

    Just like all…

  • Quick Change

    Quick Change 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Aug, 2015 1

    This has always been a brilliant, overlooked comedy.

    In some ways, it's very specific and even a little insular - predicated strongly on an anti-New York sentiment that feels almost like a mission statement, and will seem overtly hostile to anyone outside of New York -- and yet locals can take it for the love letter that it begrudgingly is.

    What makes this a brilliant comedic work is as evident today as ever: The wonderfully unpredictable plot, based on surprise…

  • Rapid Fire

    Rapid Fire 1992

    ★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    The first thing I can say about this mostly overlooked 90s action movie is that it has plentiful entertainment value.

    Apart from that, though, it's pretty fucking stupid.

    Though I can understand if this has some kind of cult appeal, simply by virtue of it being one of Brandon Lee's unfortunately few star vehicles.

    He might have had potential as an action star. He has some good moves and quite a bit of charisma... Even as he is still showing…

  • Running Scared

    Running Scared 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Aug, 2015

    This movie shouldn't work. It's an action comedy featuring Billy Crystal (as an Italian) and Gregory Hines as a pair of gritty Chicago cops on the trail of Jimmy Smits in the role of Ricardo Montalban playing Tony Montana.

    At one point, it forgets it's a cop movie and becomes an 80s Florida resort comedy for a while, when the tough cops go on leave to The Keys, so they can buy a bar, and ride around on mopeds listening…

  • You're Next

    You're Next 2011

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    In some ways, this is one of those typically overrated artsy indie horror films... From a filmmaker who wears his Carpenter/Craven influences very clearly on both his sleeves. It has the distinction of being undeniably skillful, however, even though I'll argue it forgets to have any real fun, I can't say it isn't effective.

    At least, once it gets going, which I wish happened a little sooner, because there is a little more setup than is probably needed. Especially when…

  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest 1981

    ★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    I have no doubt there is a compelling story buried somewhere within this narrative. Though, you'd have to see which story you really want to tell. On the one hand, you have the possible biography of a classic Hollywood star, who was also a deeply troubled woman, full of conflict raging in her, and perhaps even an undiagnosed mental illness. Or, if you'd like, it can be the dramatic story about that star's adopted daughter and her abusive relationship with…

  • WarGames

    WarGames 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Like most classic adventure fantasies of the 1980s, this is squarely a product by and of its time. It does have a timeless heart beating at its center, though, as it presents an idea that, however naive, is resonant enough to transcend the far fetched concept.

    I mean, it's not any kind of big revelation to say: "war is wrong," but if we look at things in context, this must have felt like a powder keg for audiences in 1983…

  • The Prince

    The Prince 2014

    Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Jason Patric channels, I think, Treat Williams in this perfectly dreadful little action picture - with a standard kidnap/revenge scenario - that intends to be, I suppose, Taken meets Rolling Thunder. Or maybe it's just a gangster movie variation on Taken.

    Whatever it is, you can almost smell the mothballs. Because it feels like it spent about seven years sitting on some dusty shelf, or inside some drunken, coked-up small time Hollywood producer's locker at that gym or tennis club…

  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler 2014

    Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    An amusing, even intriguing, premise in search of a story... Thomas McCarthy's stunningly tone deaf magic realism dramedy is a disaster.

    In which Adam Sandler plays the Jewish shoemaker of the film's title.

    That's it. Adam Sandler plays a cobbler with an old shop in the Lower East Side of NY. And I suppose one of the film's pleasures is a surprising sense of place. This was shot on location and, at the very least, the vibrant personality of New…