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  • Full Eclipse

    Full Eclipse 1993

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2016

    Part Five of the Todd Gaines Movie Challenge

    12. A movie listed on Todd's Gen X horror list

    Halfway through this challenge and I might've found the most unique flick on the list. Think X-Men for drug addicts. Oh, and werewolves. If you can call a bunch of uggos with Wolverine claws "werewolves", then you're in for a wild werewolf ride. With a wild Hank Schrader appearance. And an exit by a bear. Is that a bear? Looks like a…

  • The Boy Next Door

    The Boy Next Door 2015

    Watched 28 Jul, 2016

    You know, for a psychotic stalker, The Boy isn't that bad of a guy. Apart from the violent outbursts, obsessive jealousy and stalking, and being a 19 year old high school freshman, he's quite a catch. I'd take him over the cheating ex-husband any day.

  • The Driver

    The Driver 1978

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    Part Four of the Todd Gaines Movie Challenge

    11. A movie listed on Todd's favorite movies list

    Todd, I can see why this one of your favorite movies. 15 minutes in and an incredible car chase later, I knew I was watching something special. Admittedly, I had to check the cover and make sure I wasn't watching Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive, but this might actually be the better getaway driving movie starring a Ryan.

    With all the similarities, it's definitely…

  • Saving Grace

    Saving Grace 2000

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2016

    Part Three of the Todd Gaines Movie Challenge

    10. A movie about strong ganja.

    I've always been a big fan of Craig Ferguson. He's a funny stand up comedian. Even funnier talk show host. But to my disappointment, his career never quite transcended into a film career. To my knowledge, he's only starred in two films. The first being The Big Tease, which wasn't very memorable. The second being this, Saving Grace, which is just as forgettable.

    This film is…

  • Samurai Cop

    Samurai Cop 1991

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2016 3

    Part Two of the Todd Gaines Movie Challenge

    9. A movie featuring Matt Hannon as Joe Marshall, the Samurai Cop

    One big benefit to taking part in the Todd Gaines challenge is that it gives me extra incentive to finally see some movies I've been putting off watching for too long. One of those movies happens to be Samurai Cop; a film with a reputation of possibly being the best bad movie ever made. Yes, some say it's even worse/better…

  • Guns

    Guns 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2016 2

    Part One of the Todd Gaines Movie Challenge

    7. An Andy Sidaris movie

    Before starting this challenge, I never heard of Andy Sidaris and if I didn't start this challenge, I probably would've never seen one of his movies. I'm so glad I started this challenge.

    This is usually the part when I tell you about the plot, but let's face it, with movies like this, there is no plot. Just one goofy moment from the next. But if you…

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing 1988

    ★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2016

    I'm not gonna lie: maybe I picked a bad time to watch this. I try not to air my grievances on this site (or social media in general), but let's just say the last week or so hasn't been the best of days for me. My mind was elsewhere during most of this. I feel like my muddy mind prevented me from seeing what's so cracked up about this film. For all that this gets praised for, I found myself…

  • The Nutty Professor

    The Nutty Professor 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2016

    Yes, there are a lot of fart jokes.
    Yes, there are a lot of fat jokes.
    Yes, there's plenty to criticize about this movie and pretty much any criticism you bring up is a valid one. me, there's a lot more to this than that.

    Nevermind the fact that Eddie Murphy has never been more impressive seamlessly playing a boat load of characters. Nevermind the fact that the makeup and practical effects still look amazing almost 20 years later.…

  • Limelight

    Limelight 1952

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2016 3

    "What a sad business; being funny."

    I never realized this until now, but I think Charlie Chaplin might be one of my all time favorite filmmakers.

    In fact, he's one of the greatest filmmakers ever.

    To those more familiar with his work, that statement sounds like a no-brainer. But as someone whose only seen a small handful of his work (The Great Dictator, City Lights, and most recently, Modern Times), the thought never crossed my mind until now. Now, after…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times 1936

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2016

    The word timeless gets thrown around a lot. So much that it's only applied to something to say it's "really old, but still really good". I think it's more than that.

    To me, to be timeless is to be just as emotionally resonate with an audience as I'd imagine it must've been in it's original release.

    To be timeless, it's wit and charm must still feel strong years after it's release without feeling dated or corny.

    To be timeless, the…

  • Nina

    Nina 2016

    ★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2016

    I don't know much about the legendary career of Nina Simone, but I do know that she was a powerful, controversial, unapologetically black jazz musician with a thunderous voice and an incredible story behind her music. Now that her story has finally been brought to the big screen, the film has been shrouded in controversy over the decision to cast Zoe Saldana in the role and essentially put her in blackface to look the part. The miscast of Nina Simone…

  • Lamb

    Lamb 2015

    ★★ Watched 07 Jul, 2016 6

    You ever want to pick an 11 year old girl off the street and bring her into your life because you were lonely?

    No? Me neither. Because that would be fucking creepy.

    47 year old David doesn't care though. David, played by Ross Partridge (who looks like the love child of Rob Lowe and Dermot Mulroney) is going through a mid-life crisis following a divorce and the death of his father. He meets a little girl who, like him, is…