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  • Pacific Heights

    Pacific Heights 1990

    ★★★ Rewatched 30 Aug, 2015

    I always wish this one was just a little bit better.

  • You Can't Hurry Love

    You Can't Hurry Love 1988

    ★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    What starts as an odd-ball mix-n-match sketch-like comedy morphs into a standard get-to-the-girl-before-it's-too-late 80s flick.

    When the tone is whack-a-doo silly, it's completely uneven but manages to flail its way into some pretty big laughs - particularly a notable cameo fro Charles Grodin. But, when it becomes sincere in its transition into the third act, it becomes downright boring.

    David Packer is an odd choice for leading-man as he just never feels comfortable in the role - he seems more…

  • WarGames

    WarGames 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2015 1

    Entertainment perfection.

    Everything about this movie, I love. The easy-going chemistry between Broderick and Sheedy, the direction from Badham, and the script that never gets bogged down in overwrought details despite its techno-thriller plotting.

    This film ages like a fine wine; despite outdated technology and threat, there's nothing dated about the film and there's nary an unintentional laugh to be found - quite the feat for a genre that tends to do quite the opposite.

    Every time I revisit this movie, I love it more.

  • The Heavenly Kid

    The Heavenly Kid 1985

    ★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2015

    They sure don't make 'em like this anymore.

    This sorta-Back to the Future cash-in (it was titled Back From The Past in Germany) is a high-concept, mid-execution kinda tale (where subways semi-ingeniously stand in for the afterlife and everything is lensed in a thick mid-eighties fog) about a greaser who dies a fiery game-of-chicken-gone-wrong and returns as a ghost-helper for a geeky klutz in need.

    Dated jokes and affable hi-jinks abound, until the movie turns baffling with its plot-twists.

    I'll do the trick if this is the kind of flick you're looking for.

  • The Gift

    The Gift 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    Oh man, I loved this.

    Artful execution on material that could be reserved for the trash-pile but is instead elevated completely by direction, performance(s) and cinematography.

    Also contains two of the best jump scares in a while - loud and abrasive, but located at just the right points as to heighten every other scene surrounding them without overdoing it - as a good n' cheap jump scare should.

  • After Hours

    After Hours 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Aug, 2015 3

    Pure cinematic neo-noir urban nightmare perfection, and - for my money - potentially Scorsese's best picture.

  • Mosquito

    Mosquito 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 23 Aug, 2015

    Viewed at our Video Vengeance screening.

    I still think this is a fun movie, if paced unevenly. Unfortunately the screening projector was quite dark and the enjoyment upon this viewing suffered, I think.

  • Domestic Disturbance

    Domestic Disturbance 2001

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2015 5

    This one goes about just how you'd expect it to.

  • Real Men

    Real Men 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    Well, this comes ever so close to being an underrated masterpiece, but just misses slightly.

    Bizarre and surreal, yet completely functional and logistical within the rubric the film's world presents in its opening reel; I kind of loved that about Real Men.

    There's a pretty big misstep when moving along into its finale, but aside from that, this movie is - in a weird way - perfectly miscast.

    Belushi may actually be at his all-time best here, as he's utilized…

  • Partners

    Partners 1982

    ★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Even outside of Partners' insensitively staged straight-cop-gay-cop plotting and liberal use of homophobic slurs, this thing is a real mess.

    It's uneven and boring as much as it is thoroughly predictable. Will have you jumping from "Wow, I can't believe this got greenlit!" bewilderment, to "Well, I guess at least they meant well?" sighing about its misplaced intentions.

  • So Undercover

    So Undercover 2012

    Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Viewed as punishment for See You Next Wednesday Podcast Episode #179.

    The best part about this movie: those two generic-y music tracks struggling desperately to rip off Beck tunes.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Very funny, if not a pinch overlong and messily directed (check out all the green-screened insert shots, holy shit.)