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  • Firecracker

    Firecracker 1981

    ★★★ Watched 28 May, 2015

    Many VHS movies cruelly taunted me from the narrow, two-sided shelf at the Edgemont Red Rooster, but this one wriggled into my mind pretty deep - not sure why, maybe it was the bitchin' cover art, or the prospect of seeing a sexy blonde throw down like Valeria all over again. But it lingered there for a while...then went away for a long time, with that store not even renting videos anymore by the time I had regular access to…

  • Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia 1990

    ★★ Rewatched 28 May, 2015

    This movie was hard to get away from on its release, between the wide acclaim, good word-of-mouth, or just the old-fashioned advertising pummeling (where it was obnoxiously marketed as a "thrill-omedy"), and yet I never got around to seeing it until it was on video, and I was pretty underwhelmed. Most obviously, its killer spiders were just, like, spiders - I didn't want this movie, I wanted Eight Legged Freaks. In any case, the kids were too young, the adults…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015 2

    George Miller had been talking about this - or at least, had been persistently asked about it in interviews - for like twenty years now, and I don't know what's different about now that he finally got around to making it but I'm glad he did. The response on this has been gobsmacking, though I was willing to chalk a fair bit of it up to Peak Gen-X Nostalgia, and it coming at a good time to be heralded as…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 May, 2015 7

    Finding lots to do for an ensemble cast in an adventure epic can be tough; just look at Star Trek fumbling that ball, movie after movie. Somehow this pulls it off for everybody that matters, including a few newbies. One moment for one of its newbies is so astonishing in its comic-book-geek way that the sparse morning crowd I saw this in made a collective gasp.

    There's nothing else here that's quite as unexpected as that was (I don't think…