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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid 1972

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    Sometimes you watch a movie that is so good that you're pretty much speechless; The Heartbreak Kid did that to me, with its hilarious comedy, brilliant direction and script, and a helluva ending shot.

    Jeannie Berlin is unbelievably funny, as is the always reliable Grodin.

    I'll leave it to Ebert to summarize the thoughts I cannot seem to:

    "The movie has a way of making us laugh while it hurts, because it makes Lenny into such a blunt object of…

  • The Choice

    The Choice 2016

    Watched 07 Feb, 2016 2

    It would be so easy to swap a couple music stings out and render Benjamin Walker's performance as Travis as an obsessed psychopath; dude asks Teresa Palmer's Gabby to marry him, she says "no," and so he then just yells "yes!" at her until she agrees to it - he straight up bullies her into a marriage.

    Don't even get me started on the titular choice and the grossly manipulative and borderline offensive final act.

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes 1998

    ★★★½ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2016

    Total DePalma entertainment; sure, the screenplay takes a real dive during the finale - cutting out what was going to be a special-effect extravaganza and replacing it with a shrug-worthy wrap-up - but the ride is still one well worth taking, with a foaming-at-the-mouth Cage performance and all the hidden cuts, split-screen n' dual-focus action you expect.

  • Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons 1988

    ★★★ Rewatched 05 Feb, 2016

    It's never as good as the memory I have of seeing it for the first time; too slow, takes a long time to ramp up, not as much grue as I remember, etc. That said, it's still entertaining enough, and makes me want to finally get around to seeing the sequels, in hopes they crank up the dial on things just a little bit.

  • The Fury

    The Fury 1978

    ★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    I realllllly want to give this one more than three-stars, because the movie opens and closes so strongly - but unfortunately the momentum is pulled through the mid-section, where things really drag to a crawl.

    When it's firing on all cylinders though, it's a wonder to watch DePalma up to his old split diopter tricks again; that scene with the toy train has some phenomenal editing! And sprinkle in a couple major death scenes, some 'splosions, and an overly complicated coo-coo-bonkers plot, and you have a recipe for success.

    It's just a shame that it spins its wheels so often, instead of getting to the goods.

  • The Edge

    The Edge 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2016 2

    ♪ ♫ Men, men, men, men, Mamet'y - men men men. ♫ ♪

  • Fallen Angel

    Fallen Angel 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2016

    A harrowing drama-of-the-week that - when not encroaching upon after-school-special territory - works thanks to the fantastic performances and surprisingly effective direction.

    Dana Hill in particular has some phenomenal scenes, showing a wide range and knocking scenes out of the park that I imagine other actors would struggle with. Richard Masur goes a bit too far in some scenes during the finale, but mostly puts in a frightening performance as a creeper pedophile.

    Hard to watch at times, and while…

  • The Boy

    The Boy 2016

    ★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    Boy, oh boy, was that lame; a great premise completely and entirely ruined by execution.

  • Singles

    Singles 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    Not as embarrassing as I had expected, though Singles certainly has some extremely dated elements - the garage door stuff is cute, but yeah. This is also seemingly the last time Cameron Crowe allowed himself to be downright silly while toying with form, so it's fun to look back on that.

    The vignette structure actually helps the whole thing breeze by, though the strings kind of fall apart only to be fused back together artificially by the finale - the airplane scene from Say Anything... this is not. Still, enjoyable with plenty of familiar faces to help things along.

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jan, 2016

    😭 😭 😭 😭

  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2016

    A technically impressive film that I found myself admiring from a distance; the cast is fantastic, and the film is gorgeous, but the characterizations remain fairly one-note throughout. There's a big emphasis placed on contrasting the lightness of other true-life disaster films, which is greatly appreciated. The film's attempt to render the grotesqueness of death on the mountain in harsh and realistic ways is admirable, as this is not a fun movie, and nor should it be; this ain't Vertical…

  • Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

    Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 1990

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2016

    From Airplane / Top Secret / Ruthless People director Jim Abrahams comes this mixed-bag romantic comedy peudo-fantasy. It's the kind of movie where you can see how the script would read, but want to see that movie come to life with a different director.

    It's well cast, and there are certainly elements that work very well, but there's also a lot that feels mis-executed. I'd almost be interested in a remake of this, because I feel like there's a lot in the script that could be taken in any number of interesting directions.