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  • Teen Wolf 1985

    ★★★ Rewatched 18 Nov, 2014

    It’s like somebody forgot to pick Michael J. Fox up from work after filming Back to the Future and he just kept acting. Heck, Scott Howard’s house is the same house Lorraine Baines occupied in 1950s BTTF.

    But to me, none of this is a bad thing. Fox’s initial reaction to the transformation in the bathroom mirror is priceless, and Stiles is a pretty great sidekick.

  • The Karate Kid, Part II 1986

    ★★★ Rewatched 17 Nov, 2014 1

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

  • Ghostbusters 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    One day when I was a kid, my dad came home with a big RCA box and a small plastic VHS case from a store called ‘Video Magic.’

    Ghostbusters was the first movie I watched in my house on a VCR and it blew my f#@king mind. Any cinematic experience I’ve had since pales in comparison.

  • Batman 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Nov, 2014

    1989 Batman was one of about five MVPs in our VHS collection growing up. Much of what I loved about it as a youngster held up recently on the big screen. The grade of special effects was enjoyably lo-fi, Keaton/Burton’s batman is still my favorite, and Jack playing Jack Napier is timeless. “Love that Joker!”

  • Zodiac 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    I think this is David Fincher’s best work—a sensational story told in a focused, subtle way.

  • Se7en 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2014

    I re-watched Se7en after seeing this video on Fincher’s techniques.

  • Alien: Resurrection 1997

    Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    I watched Alien Resurrection (AKA Slow Dancing With Aliens) so you didn’t have to:

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2014

    Don’t miss the nice bit in the film where Ebert is shown his new *responsive* website.

  • Zoolander 2001

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2014

    I’ve got nothing but unashamed nostalgic love for this movie.

  • The Raid 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    100% badass martial arts (Indonesian pencak silat) film with guns + knives (which ups the gore factor). The tower scenario makes it similar to Dredd, but the intense focus on hand-to-hand combat makes this film more enjoyable.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    I actually had to draw a graph to determine what I thought of this movie. Basically, the closer they were to the middle of the train the better the movie was. It ramped up fairly nicely, but as the plot unknowns started filling in towards the end I began to detect hints of the latter Matrix movies—the metaphors were just too thick.

    I don’t dislike Chris Evans at all, but imagine Karl Urban in this film… 70% Judge Dredd and 30% Eomer from LOTR at exactly this point.

  • Galaxy Quest 1999

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jul, 2014

    Galaxy Quest is my favorite Star Trek movie of all time. Almost.

    I always see the late 1990s brand of special effects as a downgrade—when the newness of CGI was a poor substitute for the grit and character of earlier methods. I blame Phantom Menace for this, but I’d take a Rancorn over a CG Rock Monster any day.

    My only other gripe comes with a bit of trivia… Harold Ramis was set to direct, but left when he wasn’t able to cast Alec Baldwin or Kevin Kline as the lead. Damn. What could have been.