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  • Death Race 2000 1975

    ★★★½ Added

    A tough one to review. As a regular movie, it's not that great, and it hasn't aged well. But, judging it on a curve (as a drive in/grindhouse picture), it's sort of genius. I would call it an early "high concept" film, about 40% satire and 60% semi-serious plot.

    The idea of a cross country road race in the future where drivers are awarded points for running down pedestrians was quite shocking and controversial back in the day, earning this…

  • Phase IV 1974

    ★★½ Added

    An interesting curiosity for sure, the only film directed by legendary title sequence/movie poster designer Saul Bass. Unfortunately, I thought it fell just short of satisfying entertainment. I suspect production problems are to blame, but I don't know for sure. There's probably a reason Bass only directed one film.

    Interesting ideas and some striking visuals are undermined by story problems. One of the characters is bitten by an ant, and for the rest of the movie I kept wondering when…

  • Scream 4 2011

    ★½ Added 1

    This series was played out after the first "Scream." The first movie felt fresh and clever at the time. It engendered so much good will that I was suckered into seeing the two substandard sequels in the theaters. This time I waited until Netflix, and was glad I did. Incredibly, I still feel ripped off. So here's the score: one good movie, three awful sequels and counting.

    It was such a waste of time. The meta aspect that really kicked…

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988

    ★★ Added

    Even for fans of the character, "Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark" is a bad movie. It's sad to admit, because Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) herself is an amusing character in small doses. That's why she was such a success as a television host. Her snarky, wisecracking, Mae West meets Bugs Bunny persona is a fun contrast with her sexy vamp look.

    There are one or two funny lines here and there, and Peterson has a magnificent figure and some of the…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    When you think of the Superman franchise from the '70's and the Batman films from the '80's and how quickly they went downhill just a few sequels in, it's pretty amazing that (counting the two Wolverine movies) X-Men Part 7 is able to perform at such a high level.

    The best thing about the film is the limited number of villains. In fact the main "bad guy" (Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask) is not mean spirited or evil at all.…

  • Maleficent 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    I enjoyed "Maleficent" very much. My only real problem was that the curse she casts was a bit silly, as was the father's reaction, but I certainly can't blame a fairy tale for having fairy tale logic. The rest of the story was solid and different enough to hold my interest. The fairies and cute woodland creatures were a little annoying, but they are very limited in their screentime, so they didn't get much opportunity to wear out their welcomes.…

  • Saturday Night 2010

    ★★★★½ Added

    I'm an old school SNL nerd from way back, so I really enjoyed this peek behind the scenes of the classic NBC television comedy show. There are interviews sprinkled here and there, but they're always informally shot. The rest of it is "fly on the wall" observation of the weeklong production of a single episode.

    I liked the lack of polish. It may bother some people, but to me it made the film more authentic than some sort of typical…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Audrey Rose 1977

    ★★★½ Added

    It can't ever completely shake the "Exorcist" knockoff aura, but "Audrey Rose" is competently directed and fairly intelligent, going a little bit beyond the call of duty for a film of this type.

    Anthony Hopkins is a great actor, as we already know, but for some reason he looks a little embarrassed to be in this film. His underplaying took away from the reality of the performance, in my opinion. In a climactic scene he throws a chair through a…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Big Ass Spider! 2013

    ★★ Added

    Kids might enjoy it. Rent it for a group of young teens on a Saturday night, and it might provide some old school B movie drive in type fun for them. Unfortunately, for the adult viewer, there's not a lot of entertainment here.

    The problem is that "Big Ass Spider!" feels like it was originally written as more of a straight faced monster movie because there is no comedy actually built into the script. None of the humor arises from…

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013

    ★★½ Added

    I wasn't a fan of the first film, so I might not be the best judge of this belated sequel.

    My problem with this was virtually the same as the one I had with the first. I like Will Ferrell and I think the character of Ron Burgundy is consistently amusing. I'm far less enamored of his supporting cast. I like the actors, but the equally cartoonish characters throw off the movie's comic rhythm. I hate to backseat screen-write, but…