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  • Serpico

    Serpico 1973

    ★★★½ Added

    Not as great as I remembered it, but still a decent film. The few times Pacino turns it up to 11 are entertaining. It's an important true story about police corruption and one man who was truly fighting an uphill battle against a very powerful system. Pacino's hair and beard look great, effectively giving the feeling that lots of time is passing.

    The movie overall felt a little ordinary and workmanlike. This can be a plus for those who dislike…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

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

    Great, great film. Interesting and intelligent story expertly told. Good acting by a good cast. Excellent production value for what was reportedly a low budget. It's so strange to see a science fiction film for grownups that isn't pretentious and overdone. And it's so weird to see any sort of science fiction film that doesn't rely on explosions, shakycam, bombastic sound, and the usual CGI heavy jumping/flying around climactic battle.

    This is a fascinating story, almost like a theatrical play…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    Added 1

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

    This movie got very good reviews. I can't imagine why. I can only surmise that most movie critics and average audiences don't really like horror movies as a rule, so when one comes along that is different and arty, they tend to go a bit overboard with their praise. I thought "It Follows" was so bad it made my head hurt. It is hard to remember the last time I saw a film this terrible.

    It's fairly well cast, the…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

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

    I thought most of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was decent but not great. But, a single scene elevates this to an instant classic and new personal favorite.

    Overall, the film felt too self-aware and more concerned with style over substance. The direct references to the movie actually being a movie was over the line for my taste. I like filmmakers to assist me in suspending my disbelief, not in upending it. Just a little more investment in the reality of…

  • The Cat's Meow

    The Cat's Meow 2001

    ★★★½ Added

    Somehow, "The Cat's Meow" feels kind of bland, as if it were almost a high gloss tv movie. The story, which should be scandalous, seems more inconsequential than anything else. Maybe it's because almost every person involved, save for legendary movie star Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), has been virtually forgotten. So, it's kind of hard to really care about about what's going on, or truly appreciate how big the scandal would have been at the time.

    While it does a…

  • The Verdict

    The Verdict 1982

    ★★½ Added

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

    Really enjoying it right up until the end. A deliberate, unhurried pace, good acting, and an intelligent, interesting script. Too bad "The Verdict" fumbled the ball badly at the conclusion.

    On the positive side, I thought Paul Newman was good, and his character of washed up alcoholic lawyer Frank Galvin compelling. I liked the combative relationship between Galvin and Judge Hoyle (Milo O'Shea). Their interactions seemed to up the ante and really charge up the suspense. It's always good to…

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★½ Added

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

    Not terrible!

    "Terminator Genisys" seems that it was made with care and love for the franchise. But, as Part 5 of a time travel saga, to say the story is convoluted is an understatement. It's way too long, and worst of all, it feels long, especially going into the third act.

    Genisys itself is a puzzling, passive antagonist. It's an upcoming civilian computer operating system that is actually the early version of Skynet, but people (and even kids) in 2017…

  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation 2009

    ★★★ Added

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

    "Terminator 2" felt like it was building on the original film, while "Terminator 3" felt like more of an inferior repeat of "T2" than a genuine progression in its own right. The problem with the "Terminator" sequels is that eventually the modern day stalking thriller aspect will have to be dropped in favor of a more futuristic war movie theme.

    "Terminator Salvation" does take a left turn and is that futuristic war movie, yet in being so plows straight into…

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003

    ★★★ Added

    Ah, it's really not that bad of a movie. It just looks terrible when compared with the first two Terminator movies, which are genuine action/sci-fi classics. "T2" also pulled off a neat trick by feeling like a expansion of the story while still retaining themes established in the original. "T3" feels much more like an attempt at making "Terminator 2: Part 2" than a logical continuation of the timeline.

    "T3" does continue the story fairly well, though. It shows the…

  • The Paper Chase

    The Paper Chase 1973

    ★★ Added

    John Houseman was good, and his character consistently (and refreshingly) unsentimental. Timothy Bottoms and Lindsay Wagner are attractive actors. But, this story was just too dry and lacking in interesting dramatic conflict. The whole film seems to be aiming at a big teacher/student showdown at the end, but the final confrontation seemed strangely anticlimactic.

    The romance subplot of the story was extraordinarily weak. Lindsay Wagner gets maybe the worst introduction of any character in film, as she literally just walks…

  • Project Almanac

    Project Almanac 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    This is a Platinum Dunes movie? Wow.

    I enjoyed "Project Almanac" very much. It's an entertaining low budget time travel movie that seemed to hit all the bases for this type of story, yet didn't get caught up in too much self-imposed complexity and confusion. I believe that's a pitfall inherent in time travel movies, so the fact that it was able to tell the story without getting muddled is a huge plus.

    The characters seemed intelligent and acted logically…

  • The Apple

    The Apple 1980

    ★★½ Added

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

    This is a terrible movie, a deservedly forgotten relic of the disco era, but for those who love bad movies (especially bad musicals) "The Apple" could very well become a beloved classic. At times I could imagine a young Baz Luhrmann watching this and being changed forever.

    The music is awful, but sometimes entertaining in a perverse way. You'll see better acting at a bad acting contest, but again, it's sometimes so bad you can't help but genuinely laugh. It's…