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  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016

    Jeremy Saulnier follows up the acclaimed Blue Ruin with a "thriller" in the more conventional sense... A punk rock Die Hard, if you will. 

    But he still shows the same concerns, and reveals himself as a careful filmmaker - very preoccupied with the nature and impact of violence...of why and how people may be driven to take a life...and how genuinely terrible it all really is.

    People will want to say this movie is politically charged to reflect specific conflicts…

  • Death Wish 5: The Face of Death

    Death Wish 5: The Face of Death 1994

    ★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016 1

    There's definitely brutality to spare in the final entry of this series. If that's what you're looking for, here you go...

    Even if Chuck Bronson is not quite as spry in 1994 as he was in the 70s and 80s, he still basically gets the job done.

    And, once again, getting the job done entails killing a bunch of bad guys in tremendously violent ways.

    Basically, this is a fun movie to watch if you're an established fan of the…

  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe 2016

    ★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2016

    And sometimes, a movie kind of has you against the ropes a little bit. Where you have no choice but to give it a begrudging series of compliments... To commend the work done by the filmmakers and cast in producing the piece of entertainment they wanted to produce... Even if you honestly didn't like it very much.

    I guess Don't Breathe is that kind of film. There is no doubt in my mind that it is a skillfully made thriller.…

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Sep, 2016

    And so, when Dino De Laurentiis saw what had become of Star Wars (a Flash Gordon pastiche) and Superman (a live action valentine to classic comic strips), he realized he wanted to play that game too.

    And, well, since he couldn't do two movies...he figured he'd make one movie be the combination of both.

    And so we have Flash Gordon... A delightful, campy pulp romp from 1980 that is - you know what? - better than Star Wars.

    Yes. I…

  • Don't Go in the House

    Don't Go in the House 1980

    ★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2016

    What becomes hard to miss right away about this oddball B-grade horror film of the late seventies is that it's definitely interesting. It uses a slasher movie approach to spin a standard traumatized psycho yarn involving a wounded man child and his relationship to a domineering, abusive mother.

    I guess in that sense it's a bit like a trashy, drive-in variation on Psycho.

    I don't know that Dan Grimaldi (Last seen getting shot in the face on The Sopranos) necessarily…

  • Sully

    Sully 2016

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2016

    The basic problem with a movie like Sully is that it's, for all intents and purposes, pointless. There is nothing inherently interesting about Captain Sulleberger the man, apart from the one astounding event he was involved in January 2009. And then it follows: How do you make a compelling, exciting feature-length movie about an event that transpired over the course of - at best - a half hour. And it's an event where at least 75% of the audience will…

  • A Father's Revenge

    A Father's Revenge 1988

    ★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    And if you thought Costa-Gavras' Missing would've been a cooler movie if Jack Lemmon, you know, whupped some ass...well then here is a movie for you.

    In which Brian Dennehy takes it upon himself to travel to Germany and get all hands on when East German terrorists kidnap his flight attendant daughter and hold her captive in exchange for the release of bla bla bla...

    "Ron Silver also stars..."

    It is what it is. But, all things considered, I guess…

  • The Eleventh Commandment

    The Eleventh Commandment 1986

    Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    About thirty years ago (as of this writing) Uncle Phil was actually an orderly at a mental institution in this dreadful, laughable "thriller," about an escaped mental patient who goes on a killing spree because of a perceived conspiracy involving his corrupt, decadent wealthy family.

    That may sound more interesting as a storyline than what we see actually play out, which consists of a well-meaning crazy person running around town with his little cousin while stabbing people in the stomach…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    I think this was marketed as a standard "Ben Stiller Comedy," because that's what gets butts in seats and it's straight forward enough in its approach that you can do that. As opposed to, say, Punch Drunk Love, which is so oddball that there's no way to convince people they might get "An Adam Sandler Movie," so they didn't even try.

    But, in any case, what I'm saying is the film was probably sold a certain way; and it certainly…

  • They Came Together

    They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2016

    This movie didn't get the best reviews in the world when it came out and I think that's because it was, by and large, misunderstood.

    There were the people who just didn't get it...they were expecting a standard RomCom and were disappointed when this wasn't that; or more to the point it made them feel like assholes for even liking RomComs in the first place...

    And there were those who got that it was a parody but wanted it to…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2016

    I think it can be said that Shane Black has proven himself to be the master (Hell, call him the Godfather, while you're at it) of the modern American action comedy... If we want to be more specific: The buddy movie sub-genre.

    And he is absolutely an auteur with very specific tastes and preoccupations, which are filtered very clearly into all of his works.

    Some might be inclined to call The Nice Guys his masterpiece. Me? I think it's the…

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2016

    JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise by thoroughly embracing the values, tone and tenor of the original series in a big way.

    Would that they had done that with a tighter story that actually made coherent sense, but - well - at least the movie really is quite fun.

    For the first time since, arguably, the first six movies, we have a big screen cinematic adventure that feels like a 2-hour "Double Episode" of…