Nobody kicks a shark in the face in The Abyss and for that reason alone it is < Leviathan.
(Real review: a ton of fun, in my opinion. Clearly they're shooting around some of the creature effects when they enter wide shots, but otherwise I really dug it. I had more fun watching this than The Abyss, surprisingly.)
I'll echo AJ Wiley's comment that "I am incapable of approaching films like this without bias."
Is this documentary flawed in some regards? Sure, absolutely. Do I still think it is incredibly important viewing, and worth the time spent watching? Also, absolutely. It's a great place to start, anyway.
Also: Geena Davis and Daphne Zuniga are just the best.
aka The Go-Kids, aka The Quest
Kiddo-adventure movie starring Henry Thomas from E.T. who investigates a Loch Ness-esque mystery involving a bubbling, snarling monster shaking things up at the local watering hole.
If you have fond memories of this from your childhood (as my brother does), it'll prove to be a decent re-watch. If you're viewing it for the first time, this won't blow you away or rival something like Monster Squad, The Goonies, The Gate, etc. by any means.
You could certainly do worse, and the direction from Ozploitation mainstay Brian Trenchard-Smith is definitely solid. Worth a weekend viewing for fans of the genre.
Thoughts based upon the Special Edition cut.
James Cameron goes underwater for more crew-based hijinks as a rag-tag crew of drillers investigate a downed submarine and find...
Well, some pretty hokey shit, that's what. Loved the set-pieces in here, but something about the first two-thirds of the film just didn't grab me emotionally - aside from being a string of impeccably directed action scenes.
And then when things do get emotional at the end, boy is it pretty stupid. I…
A brief flash of hope washed over me as the lights dimmed in the theater - maybe this will actually be so dumb it'll be enjoyable. A few unintentional laughs ensued early on, but that hope faded pretty quickly.
Pompeii is exactly what everyone says it is - Titanic (with a little Gladiator for good measure) but a volcano erupts instead of the whole Iceberg debacle.
Some of the carnage looks nice, absolutely. I saw it in AVX 3D and…
Blue Sunshine - the LSD thriller from director Jeff Liebermann (Squirm, Just Before Dawn - lands somewhere between laugh-out-loud unintentional hilarity, and being legitimately intriguing.
There's a lot of great ideas in here, it's just some of the execution and staging of certain scenes comes off as laughable. The escalator scene had me in stitches.
So, while it's not a hidden gem of a picture, it's still a worthy cult-viewing that is easy to recommend. I'd even be willing to say that it'd make a very interesting remake. The plot and suspense throughout manages to hold attention, and the editing/structure of the film is definitely above-average.
Julia is an incredibly directed drama with utterly fantastic performances that lost me a little bit, somewhere along the way. Not that it's hard to follow, it's actually quite beautifully stitched together, but after a brilliant opening act, it meanders a little.
Yes, there's a 'heist' plot of sorts that makes up the bulk of the middle-stretch - and it's quite suspenseful at moments - but there's just something a little off about it.
The friendship between the two central…
You haven't lived until you've seen Jack Palance and Martin Landau in a truck, running down a mail man and then stealing his hat.
(Side Note: Family stuck in a darkened house, attacked by a gang of outsiders? Multiple arrows shot through the windows? I wonder if Simon Barrett is an Alone in the Dark Fan? No malice intended there, just an interesting thing I noticed - and wondered if You're Next might have been nodding to.)
Not surprised to see a lot of flak getting tossed RoboCop's way here on Letterboxd.
I'll chime in and repeat what a few others have said: that this film lives and dies by its own hand, as opposed to living in the shadow of the original film.
I understand the issue with remakes of beloved films (the original is one of my favourites as well), but I see no issue with taking a character from a film heavily informed by…
Much has been made of The Turning Point's soap-opera tendencies, but aside from a few moments here and there, the film's dramatics feel organic and the performances are across the board terrific.
The movie does begin to wander a little bit in the middle-section, but the choreography straight through is riveting. Another 1977 Best Picture nomination that is thoroughly engrossing - similarly like Ross' The Goodbye Girl, this wouldn't rank as a 'shoulda won' flick, but is entirely worthy of revisiting.
Hilarious and awful Bruno Mattei rip-off actioner (of both Predator and at times Commando and RoboCop too).
More Reb Brown screamin' and shootin' to be found. Often unintelligible robot dialogue (did he just say something about Seinfeld?) and a buncha 'splosions.
Pairs well with cheap beer and friends.