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  • Mr. Majestyk 1974

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    I can't believe this script is written by Elmore Leonard. Other than Bronson approaching anything coming his way without a care in the world, it is just so boring, and has astonishingly little interest in details. Not to mention nonsensical, with characters almost never choosing actions that are benefitial to them or their cause.

    I guess, writing as many crime stories as he has, he just had no words left for this one.
    The lack of words does of course…

  • Blue Thunder 1983

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    What a mad film this is.
    Scheider gets Stern as his new observer, and they spend the time getting him acquainted with the chopper's technology through spying on women. Then they go to a presentation of "Blue Thunder", a presentation it horribly fails "killing" a whole bunch of cardboard cutouts of civilians. Out of this killing machine steps Malcolm MacDowell and the story has it's villain. A Brit that for some reason was Scheider's superior officer in Vietnam.

    Dan O'Bannon…

  • Kid Blue 1973

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015 3

    A hell of a cast rescues this film as far as entertainment values go, it can not rescue it's directionless storyline, unfortunately.
    Warren Oates shows a sensitive side, Peter Boyle grows a beard and Ben Johnson, why he's "Mean John Simpson", the local sherrif hell bent on making life for fresh faced Dennis Hopper as stressed out as possible.
    Hopper is "Kid Blue", a reformed train robber hoping for a future away from crime, but finding it increasingly difficult, mostly…

  • Police Story 1985

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Jackie Chan directs, stars, and has a buddy (I guess? He only wrote Chan flicks) write the screenplay for this stunt reel. Yes, that's all this is. Jackie Chan showing off what he can do is still entertaining enough, but I wish they'd at least put some effort into the other aspects. Acting, "comedy", story, dialogue, and everything else. Even Rush Hour is more meaty. Wich is somewhat a shame, considering the talent involded (Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung are the…

  • A Summer in La Goulette 1996

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    That quote at the top of the cover is so off base, haha. Insanely erotic? Ok, maybe if the person who said it is from Tunisia, tits aren't a standard ingridient in films from muslim nations, I guess.

    As for "comedy". Yes, it tries it's hand at some sort of comedy, but it fell completely flat in my view.

    This is, of course, a first for me. Tunisian, or even African films aren't part of my usual diet. As is…

  • The Border 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    The soundtrack is so much at odds with what I expected from just looking at the cover (I try to not know too much about a film before viewing). It's not that the music is bad, not at all, but it seems a bit off, and is not helped at all with how it is edited.

    Jack Nicholson is great as the border policeman growing disillusioned with pretty much everything; his wife (Valerie Perrine is super annoying) and homelife, his…

  • The Brink's Job 1978

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    As others have mentioned before, the comedy lessens the film. It's a great cast though, what a crew Falk has gathered! Seeing Paul Sorvino climb a fence is cinema gold.

    This is a decent heist flick, based on a true story, that notably gets better when Oates and Boyle get in on the action. Sadly Gena Rowlands never does.

    The Brink's Job is an odd vehicle for Friedkin as I've known him up until now. A light, breezy film that…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 2

    The 3.5 is more of a rating-in-waiting. I need to see this with subs.....Gary Oldman needs to teach Joaquin to pronounciate, with spit!

  • Luke and Brie Are on a First Date 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015

    Mumblecore is a weird one to pin down, and a lot of filmmakers resent having their films labelled as one. Maybe they think it belittles their craftmanship, I don't know. What I do know, is that I'm a fan, and it's nice to have a grouping of films to pick from.

    This is Chad Hartigan's debut and it takes us on a first date in and out of the streets of L.A.
    Luke is, as most men, playing the part…

  • Hide and Go Seek 2014

    ★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2015 4

    Without sounding like a total dick, Eli, constant shifts of focus does not equate a personal style, in my own not so humble opinion.

    There's nothing wrong with how it's cut or the soundtrack, in fact they are the strengths of this short, but the direction being what it is, and what I am presented on screen not amounting to much, I have to say I'm a little disappointed, all in all. But that's only because I do have faith in you, and hope you continue to make films. The best is surely to come.

  • Wise Blood 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2015 2

    Where to begin.
    For someone whome English is not his native toungue, the first thing you notice when reading a story by Flannery O'Connor is the thick Southern drawl of her pen.
    I'm happy to say that Huston manages to bring that to life in a pleasing matter. It's not at the forefront of the story, but the delivery draws me into the gothicism quicker with that special brand of grammar.

    A marvellous Brad Dourif is Hazel Motes, a somewhat…

  • Stone Cold 1991

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    As a Norwegian there is just no way you'd heard of an American footballer from the 80s, no matter how mal-adjusted he was. Brian Bosworth was just another guy from a VHS cover at the video store, as far as I was concerned.
    Thanks to Letterboxd though, this film caught more than my eye, and I put it on my watchlist. Then I watched Action Jackson, and wouldn't you know it, this was from the same director. That made it…