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  • The Flamingo Kid

    The Flamingo Kid 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2016

    A warm, likable and very funny movie. This one has been on my to-watch list for a while now, and I figured why not follow up Marshall's Mother's Day with his debut non-TV feature.

    It's a wonder to see so many elements that Marshall flubs hard in his modern pictures embedded in here - ADR lines that actually make sense and are genuinely funny, wonderful character moments that color the edges of the film and serve to move the story…

  • Mother's Day

    Mother's Day 2016

    Watched 01 May, 2016

    The only reason this escapes getting a half-star review is how forgettable it has proven to be in the past 24 hours.

    Otherwise it's an unfunny, ugly, inept piece of filmmaking stuffed to the gills with ADR and characters saying things like "I have abandonment issues!" instead of actually being realized characters with any kind of problems that in any way resemble real life.

    It's also racist, where Kate Hudson's stupid racist and homophobic parents never actually learn a lesson…

  • Out of Bounds

    Out of Bounds 1986

    ★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    Anthony Michael Hall desperately tries to shed his Brat Pack image in this thriller about a teenager from Iowa who mistakenly picks up a bag of drugs at the airport and then proceeds to make wrong decisions that only worsen his situation. Seriously, he lands at night and by the next morning he's murdered someone already - c'mon man.

    From the director of Eastwood's Tightrope, this feels like a considerable step down, though the action scenes entertain throughout and there's a good dose of unintentional 80s laughs to be found.

  • Team Foxcatcher

    Team Foxcatcher 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    Further insight into the Foxcatcher story, minus Mark Schultz. Yes, I still think the movie is fantastic and this was fascinating - but flawed - as well.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2016

    This one's still my Star Wars.

  • Down Twisted

    Down Twisted 1987

    ★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016 2

    A fun Pyun lark that actively knocks off Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones as Maxine - a waitress - gets wrapped up in international intrigue with a bumbling tough-guy named Reno in a fictional Latin American country. The plot is purposefully... well... twisted as everyone is after a religious artifact of some sort, leading to double-cross after double-cross after double-cross.

    It's pretty light-weight, and the kind of movie that wraps up after about 70 minutes or so, and then…

  • Mississippi Burning

    Mississippi Burning 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    Hackman, Dafoe and McDormand put in brilliant performances in Alan Parker's dramatic thriller about the disappearances of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner (three civil rights workers) in rural Mississippi, 1964.

    A little long - with a slightly bumpy structure and pace - but ultimately remains an extremely powerful film; Parker directs the hell out of this thing, with moments which to this day continue to feel scarily relevant, unfortunately.

  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Apr, 2016 2

    Solid documentary tracing the history of the Lampoon and their eventual foray into motion pictures; I can see how the dramatic moments here will ultimately make a great fictionalized account (esp. with the cast they have lined up!) but I wish this movie had focused a little less on the praising and more on the actual people - who they were, how it was ultimately a fairly sexist boys-will-be-boys club, etc.

    There's a lot in here that the movie only gives a cursory glance to that I hope is explored in more detail in the filmed version of this history.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation 2015

    ★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2016 4

    That's what all the hub-bub is about? A rug-pull horror-thriller that ensures all audience members have safely stepped off the rug with all loose articles in tow before attempting the pull?

    Like Hush this year, The Invitation works up considerable muster in the tech departments, as it looks great and utilizes plenty of effective visual language to tell a good chunk of the early-goings - but unfortunately, like the aforementioned film, it also isn't prepared to do much outside of…

  • National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

    National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993

    ★★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2016

    I still love this stupid, stupid movie.

  • Hush

    Hush 2016

    ★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia) continues an up-and-down career with this technically proficient exercise in visual storytelling that seems refreshing at first, but ultimately devolves into tedium.

    There's a lot going on in the first half of Hush that shows plenty of promise - the protagonist is interesting, her relationship with her neighbor intriguing, and the setting - while not novel in the least - at least feels nicely cinematic. The visual and auditory work fits together well, but Flanagan can't…

  • Lords of Magick

    Lords of Magick 1989

    ★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    Alternate Titles for Lords of Magick, a SOV low-budget goof from a bunch of amateur movie-makers who made this feature-length proof-of-concept-esque flim about time-traveling, princess-saving wizard dudes:

    • Video Toaster Effects: The Movie
    • Unwanted Breast-Groping Quest: The Movie
    • Ye Olde Star Wars
    • Renaissance Fair: The Movie

    You have to hand it to writer, director, editor, special effects creator and producer David Marsh for even getting this movie made - it feels like a classic case of aw…