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  • Summer Camp Nightmare 1987

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    Summer Camp Nightmare (from Twice Dead director Bert L. Dragin) is a fairly unique film when pit against other summer camp films from the same time period. Summer camp movies were either comedies or slashers back then, so it's interesting to see this setting used in a dramatic thriller with a distinctive premise involving a revolt amongst the kids.

    While the plot was memorable, the movie could have used some more time in the editing room. There were scenes that…

  • Valley Girl 1983

    ★★½ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2014

    I like I Melt With You by Modern English way more than I've ever liked the movie that helped make the song famous (with its cheesy "we're falling in love!"-montage). Valley Girl was never one of those '80s movies that I went crazy for and felt the need to watch repeatedly as my hormones raged, maybe the movie could have benefited with James Spader in the role as Tommy, Julie's preppy-jerk boyfriend? But, I'm biased, I think every movie would…

  • Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1991

    ½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014 5

    Finishing off the, in name only, Curse franchise, I had to sit through the worst in the series -- Curse III: Blood Sacrifice.

    If you're watching an early 1990s horror film and Christopher Lee's name shows up in the titles..you're probably already acutely aware that you're in for a bad time (especially when said movie happens to be a sequel).

    There are absolutely no likable characters. The loathsome leading lady is an American in Africa who chants "America America America"

  • Empire Records 1995

    Rewatched 28 Jul, 2014 11

    OH MAN! What a piece of shit!!!

    This is the first movie in my Nostalgia Overload list where I came out on the other side of the re-watch absolutely hating a movie I once loved. I haven't seen Empire Records in about 15 years but I honestly used to love it. How embarrassing.

    This movie is a very corporate look at what they consider "indie" films, with an ironic twist..you know..considering the entire plot of the movie is an independently…

  • The Sure Thing 1985

    ★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014 3

    Even though The Sure Thing came out 4 years before Say Anything..., this John Cusack as the oddball intellectual underachiever trying to get the girl he has already placed firmly on a pedestal is just so old and tired. I am sure that if I watched The Sure Thing before Say Anything..., I would have felt as though Cusack had finally perfected the character he is often typecast as, because the latter is the better movie.

    At one point in…

  • Throw Momma from the Train 1987

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014 7

    After watching The Designated Victim (another [Italian]movie adapting the story from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train), I felt like revisiting Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train.

    What I find the most interesting about this revisit is that while I really enjoyed Billy Crystal's performance (also that of Anne Ramsey who was a real trooper despite appearing to be half-dead most of the time), I think DeVito should have cast someone else as Owen, he had trouble passing off the…

  • The Legend of Billie Jean 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2014 1

    No matter how over-the-top and unbelievable this movie is, I can't help but love it. I used to really get swept up in the "FAIR IS FAIR"-nonsense, thinking that Billie Jean was some sorta demigod of justice for kids. "Look at the way she just pied pipered all the kids in Corpus Christi, Texas!" I was in awe of her!

    Watching it as an adult I see all the skeeziness that I never noticed before, every single dude is meant…

  • Twice Dead 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 7

    I've always been aware of Summer Camp Nightmare but I haven't seen it and I just found out that it is apparently directed by the same guy who directed Twice Dead, Bert L. Dragin (what an awesome name, you know I'm pronouncing it like "Dragon," right?). He's only directed these two movies and if Summer Camp Nightmare is as fun as Twice Dead, then I'm game to check it out.

    Twice Dead is a rather unique haunted house film in…

  • My Blue Heaven 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    My biggest gripe with this movie is that Carol Kane was underutilized in a movie made up almost entirely out of character actors.

  • Purple Rain 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2014 25

    There are two kinds of people in this world. There are people like me who love Purple Rain and Prince as much as Prince loves Prince. Then there are other people who, I mean, let's face it -- who cares what they think.

  • Catacombs 1988

    ★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014 3

    Catacombs is the 4th "installment" of the Curse-series (Italian/US productions) even though none of the movies are actually related, the only common link being the title used. The Curse (the first film) wasn't too bad and The Curse II: The Bite was AWESOME. I haven't watched the 3rd Curse movie yet (The Curse III: Blood Sacrifice) but it didn't really matter if I skipped over it before watching Catacombs because they're unrelated.

    With that out of the way, earlier today…

  • Night Wars 1988

    Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Night Wars is made up entirely of P.O.W. nightmare-flashbacks stalked by a real-life boogeyman-traitor, A-Team-like shoot-outs where the two antagonists are shot at by loads of different dudes without getting hit once but as they shoot once at a bad guy, their bullet kills two generic "bad" dudes simultaneously, and tons of close-ups of Dan Haggerty.

    It didn't take long for me to lose interest but it was enough of a wreck that I couldn't look away.