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  • 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.

  • Braindead

    Braindead 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Jan, 2016

    It's been a long time since we last checked in, old friend, but you're still absolutely delightfully disgusting.

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore 1996

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2016

    "Uh, I was just looking for the other half of this bottle. Oh. There's some... and some more."

    A thoroughly disjointed film, but pretty much every scene has something funny happening in there. It might also be that this was my Sandler flick growing up (never was all that into Billy Madison) and thus revisiting it after all these years felt like a comfortable comedy blanket.

  • Ghetto Blaster

    Ghetto Blaster 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2016

    Another entry into the ol' over-crowded "white dude returns home from the war, only to find his neighborhood taken over by gang members whereupon he cleans up shop" genre; they sure don't make 'em like this anymore.

    Probably because of how downright racist and xenophobic these movies are. Ghetto Blaster though, gets along on sheer determination; most every scene has something ridiculous going down, be it the main character dressing up as a clown and pretending his balloons are gas-bombs,…

  • Home Sweet Hell

    Home Sweet Hell 2015

    ½ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    Fuck off with this unfunny, horrid excuse for black-comedy. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie double-down on its tone so wrongheadedly; every single scene is wrong, every note, every joke, every thing.

    Fuck off.