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  • Fade to Black 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    This is not meant to put this movie down, but it more or less only has one thing going for it; the premise and how Dennis Christopher elevates it.
    Luckily that was more than enough for me, I had a blast with this, no matter how much the direction, support cast and script tried to butt in with their awfulness. Tim Thomerson has to be mentioned, as his social worker comes off as a surfer dude with an authority complex…

  • Wild Card 2015

    Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    It's set around Christmas time, but other than Statham sporting a santa hat in a scene, inexplicably, you'd never know it.
    Of course, this is Vegas, and a Stath starrer, so nothing should matter other than the body count, and that doesn't even reach double figures.
    See, this is depressed, brooding Stath......great idea, guys.

    Surprisingly, the script is the worst component in this film, but Simon West's direction isn't too far behind. William Goldman takes another crack at adapting his…

  • Adam's Rib 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Feb, 2015 2

    In just about every film I've seen with Katharine Hepburn it takes a while for me to warm to her peculiar ways.
    Maybe this comes from the long periods in between watches, maybe it just mirrors her performances, as her characters' path always comes to a more or less warm and fuzzy conclusion.

    The dynamic duo of Tracy and Hepburn go to war over a court case regarding, in a round about way, equality of the sexes in the eyes…

  • Blood Games 1990

    ★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Baseball Bimbos in Hillbilly Hell.....how the hell is this just an alternative title?

    The Baseball Bimbos are driven around various degrees of Hicksville, USA, until one day they humiliate the wrong crowd of rednecks in a highly competitive game of baseball. That should be the first rule on the team bus. "Don't ever mess with the borderline inbred natives".

    But thankfully for us, people in film never seem to have ever watched another of the countless hicksploitation films out there,…

  • Face to Face 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2015

    Not being the biggest fan of spaghetti westerns, an upside is that there is always an element of pleasant surprise when I find a good one. An element that contributes to elevate my appreciation for it, and before you know it, a personal favourite is born.

    Faccia a Faccia sports a fabulous cast, and intriguing story, wonderful Morricone score and layers of subplots brought to life through uncharacteristically fluctuating stances between right and wrong.

    I only wish I could've seen an Italian dub as it is blatantly obvious that the actors don't speak English.

  • 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 2

    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…