Something went horribly wrong if a movie with James Woods, Pam Grier, and Yaphet Kotto bites! Even if you set aside the terrible, undercooked caricatures of Black Liberation Army members or James Woods using Yaphet Kotto's character as a token and tossing him aside once he was no longer needed [to make way for a happy[?!] ending for the white detective Kotto replaced], Badge of the Assassin is a total snoozefest of a dull courtroom drama.
After I was thoroughly impressed by Kenneth McMillan's performance in Cat's Eye, I scoured his filmography page and picked out all of his films that I wanted to watch, when I stumbled upon Carny I thought to myself, "have I struck gold?!" With one look at the cast and Gary Busey in overalls & clown makeup, it rocketed to the top of my MUST CONSUME NOW list.
Carny is an interesting film, with the narrative taking a backseat to the performances,…
I really loved Fear No Evil when I was in high school and watching it again last night, I'm seriously questioning how I was not bored to tears? Maybe I was blinded by the fact it was a local movie made by a local director, or just blinded by the amazing visual effects in the final act?
On this rewatch, my eyes were pried wide open and amused by the heavy gay subtext of Fear No Evil, what was once…
+ First 20 minutes, James Woods, Cinematography, Score during scenes of tension
- John Savage*, Most of the second half, ESPECIALLY the ending
*WTF is with him? He's always doing an uncomfortable mixture of cringing, smiling and looking as though he's about to vomit on his costars.
I am not entirely sure how I could forget Jimmy Quinn in a list I made of my 25 Favorite Characters, because Michael Moriarty is at his very best as the ex-con loser whose education came from the streets and warped moral code was developed after a lifetime of being fucked over.
"I've seen this bitch in action."
Q has everything I could ever ask for, no extras paid to look like unnatural background filler as they check their watches…
What a misleading poster! In Love and War is one of the least captivating movies I've ever seen about the American POWs in the Hỏa Lò Prison during the Vietnam war. One would expect a yelly and over-the-top James Woods to excel in such a role, but he was mostly just on screen looking dirty and haggard. In the decision to exclude any scenes of torture, tension, or action, all we're left with is Woods' on screen wife making phone…
Seeing as how Richard and I have been on a bit of a James Woods kick, we both wanted to revisit Cat's Eye because we couldn't remember it very well (I only remembered the 3rd segment and he remembered most of the 2nd).
Interestingly, the second and third segments are easily the best, even though the first segment stars James Woods trying to give up cigarettes (I have now seen him trying his best to beat: coke, booze and...cults[?])!
Intensive Care is a very formulaic (but enjoyable) Dutch slasher film from a female[!] director - Dorna van Rouveroy.
There isn't too much to say about it, the gore is sufficient, there isn't anything new or exciting added to this late-to-the-game slasher entry but it's perfectly watchable and eases some of the want/need I harbor for new-to-me slasher films (from the '70s-'90s).
What happens if you take the tree root from Little Otik, turn it into a sex doll instead of a baby and give it to a few lonely Alpine herders who get wasted on schnapps and have sex with it?
Besides the super low quality version I watched (that looks like someone just set up a camcorder in front of their television while they played the VHS), all of the sweeping shots of the Alps were still absolutely stunning.…
Whereas Purple Rain was heavy and personal, Under the Cherry Moon is pure fantasy and Prince is loving every second of it, playing "Christopher," a carefree hustler teamed up with his friend "Tricky" (played by Jerome Benton, a very natural actor who has a great rapport with Prince) in France.
Like others, I could have used more songs/musical numbers but that's only because it's Prince! EVERYTHING could use more Prince performing music!
One of my favorite moments was a throwaway…
When Vows of Deception began, I was having a pretty good time with the sexy electric guitar solos starting up whenever the trophy stepmom was ogling her muscular, shirtless stepson, making me fucking cackle like a madwoman.
"I'll give you a hand." *WINK*
What felt like an "erotic thriller" aimed at bored housewives turned ugly when the stepmom sexually assaults her stepson and eventually murders her husband.
Cheryl Ladd stars in this very loosely based on a true crime LMN…