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  • Grand Piano 2013

    Added 2

    It's "Phone Booth" on a stage! Actually, that's not a good comparison, because, ludicrous as it was "Phone Booth" is a pretty good movie. "Grand Piano", however, is one of the most profoundly stupid films I've ever seen.

    The good parts: decent production value, it's always great to see Alex Winter on screen in anything, and Elijah Wood does a good job and works hard.

    The bad: did I mention that this movie was ridiculous? There's a terrible early scene…

  • Force Majeure 2014

    ★★★★ Added

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

  • Damien: Omen II 1978

    ★★★★ Added

    I think "Damien: Omen II" is an underrated sequel. It's well made, with excellent miniature work, and a decent plot that builds on the original story without duplicating it.

    Jonathan Scott-Taylor is well cast as Damien, and the character is surprisingly approachable and sympathetic. William Holden is fine, but his character isn't the focus of the film the way Gregory Peck was in the first one. The train death is a little silly, but the elevator sequence is awesome.

  • The Omen 1976

    ★★★★½ Added

    Solid, spooky classic. Probably the best of all the big budget horror films that followed in the wake of "The Exorcist." It is paced and directed well, with high production value. Gregory Peck sure does make for an unusual horror movie protagonist. He is about as far as you can get from the shrieking teenager running through the woods, so to watch him under increasing pressure is different to say the least. The demise of David Warner's character holds up very well, and is still one of the most shocking and spectacular deaths in horror film history, I believe.

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow 2010

    ★★★ Added

    Very difficult one to review. Frankly, I quite enjoyed the first hour, with its industrial strength weirdness, meticulous production design, and deliberately slow pace. It was as if Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on a lost movie. I didn't know what was going on, but it was still somehow compelling.

    And for the first hour, I truly thought it was a film from the late '70's or early '80's. I thought Michael Rogers as Barry was really great.…

  • The Interview 2014

    ★★ Added

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

  • Four Rooms 1995

    ★★½ Added

    A silly anthology of four stories set in a run down hotel and featuring a comically harried bellhop (Tim Roth.) Worth watching for Roth's exaggerated performance and the final segment written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, which builds to an excellent final pitch and surprising ending. Robert Rodriguez's segment is fitfully amusing, the first two segments are unremarkable and forgettable.

  • Selma 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Good film overall, mainly because of the acting and subject matter. The first hour was a little rough, as slow pacing and little context make for an uneven watch. If you don't already know a lot about history, you might be a little lost. But the second hour was stronger, as the story builds upon the events of the first half. Excellent naturalistic performance by David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. anchors the film.

    Negatives: Due to the legendary…

  • KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978

    ★½ Added

    Good lord. I've seen a lot of movies that looked like they were directed by someone who had never directed a movie before. I think this is the first film in my memory that looks like it was directed by someone who had never SEEN a movie before.

    If you love bad movies, add another three stars to the rating, and get this one ASAP, along with plenty of beer and a few rowdy friends. Because, other than the sheer…

  • The Retrieval 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Decent low budget film, with good performances by Ashton Sanders as Will and Tishuan Scott as Nate. But the story is painfully thin. Even a half hour short would be too long for a story like this. And for a majority of the film, the only dramatic conflict is whether or not Will will tell Nate the truth about their trip. So again and again we're treated to shots of a silent Sanders, his eyes filled with tears as he…

  • Anatomy of a Murder 1959

    ★★★½ Added

    It's a courtroom classic for sure, so if you like legal thrillers, this should more than satisfy.

    Jimmy Stewart makes acting look effortless, as always. George C. Scott was completely awesome, and he does some really great work during the cross examinations near the end. I also enjoyed Murray Hamilton as well.

    Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara were good, but their roles seemed a little too cartoonish at times. Not really the actors' fault at all. Frankly, the way they…

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

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