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  • 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.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Added

    Occasionally a bit too enamored with its own cleverness and self-importance, but in a world of cookie cutter, paint by numbers film making, "Birdman" is different enough to win points on originality alone.

    And it's more than just original. There is some good writing, an interesting filmmaking approach, and many good performances by the likes of Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and surprisingly enough, a few well done dramatic notes from Zach Galifianakis of all people.

    I enjoyed the…

  • The Sacrament 2013

    ★★★ Added

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

  • The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★ Added

    Hallcrawl jumpscare.

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    I enjoyed it. Not as much as the first "Sin City", but I liked the film overall. It's lurid, cheap entertainment, as if the universe inside 1930's and 1940's gangster films was real and continued up until today. The stylized look of the film is still cool and I thought the cast was very good. Powers Boothe just needs to be in more movies.

    Admittedly, the film doesn't seem particularly necessary or vital. The stories aren't quite as good this…

  • Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2012

    ★★ Added

    Much more of a meditation on a person than a traditional showbiz documentary. There's no real effort to telling a chronological story of Harry Dean Stanton's life and career. A man in his late 80's sings a lot, smokes a lot, talks slowly and talks little. There are plenty of shots looking out at the empty sky from a car window, and Stanton staring blankly into space.

    For those who are fans of Stanton and/or enjoy the slow, disjointed, impressionistic…

  • Bettie Page Reveals All 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Excellent documentary of the legendary pin up queen Bettie Page, highlighted by the fact that Page tells her own story via voice over. The minimal amount of real Page on film is well compensated by a skillful use of stock footage, still pictures, and editing.

    Page had some seriously rough times in her life, so this isn't a totally feel-good watch. She endured some abuse and was ripped off an untold amount of money. Her clothing designs alone should have…

  • Jonestown: Paradise Lost 2007

    ★★★½ Added

    Solid documentary with extensive re-creations. I still didn't totally understand the appeal of Jim Jones for his followers, but I learned a lot about this terrible event. Many horror movies would struggle to come up with anything as awful as the true life tale of Jones leading nearly a thousand people to their deaths. The recreations are decent, and they're usually the weak point of films like these. The recreations are obviously not as polished as a big-budget motion picture…

  • 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…