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  • Miami Connection 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2015

    The only movie that could follow up Death Spa.

    There was no other option, really. We painted ourselves into a corner with that double feature opener.

    "FRIENDS FOREVER!" will be in my head, all week, all over again.

  • Death Spa 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2015

    Here's a tip - when you're having friends over for a VHS double-feature, don't start with Death Spa, because it's EXTREMELY hard to follow up. There's just not much that can top this slice of well-crafted insanity.

    Except for maybe Miami Connection.

  • Repo Man 1984

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jan, 2015

    Adding a half-star to my previous review, because as this flick continues to age, it just keeps getting better and better.

  • Modern Romance 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2015 1

    Albert Brooks' Modern Romance is hilarious, this I am sure you're aware of.

    Going in, I had heard a lot of huge praise for this film, and all of it was warranted. What I didn't know, was that it would be mostly based around cringe-worthy emotional spiraling, and that most of the comedy would come from a pretty dark place - one man becoming more and more suspicious, neurotic, unhinged (so to speak) and obsessive.

    The film perfectly keeps this…

  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    Viewed and reviewed for See You Next Wednesday podcast, Episode 149.

    Aside from a few minor issues, I loved A Most Violent Year.

    Stripped down, dialogue driven dramatics with mounting tension that sneaks up on you. Fantastic performances all around - while skirting that I'M ACTING! sense that has been swirling around some year-end flicks this past awards season.

    The dialogue and script will certainly bother some - it's blunt in its placement of plot points and motivations into these…

  • The Slumber Party Massacre 1982

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2015

    A film so stuffed with jump-scares that a character taking out the garbage ultimately performs her own jump-scare.

    Slyly satirical, and a lot of fun, The Slumber Party Massacre gets labeled as a "pure" slasher a lot, and it's fairly apt. Also, bonus points for the subtle-and-not-so-subtle moments of winking feminism.

    Also, maybe the only pan-down-to-butt shot that comes across as a defiant moment. "Roger Corman says he needs some nudity in here, well here it is, as calculated and shruggish as possible."

  • It Follows 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 1

    Wow, I did not expect to be disappointed with It Follows, but here we are.

    Gorgeous cinematography and an incredible soundtrack on this terrific concept - but ultimately I found the execution middling.

    Never full-on scary, but oft-off-putting, ultimately the film never capitalizes fully on its concept, but rather just shambles through despite the aforementioned positives.

    I liked some moments in here a lot, but I couldn't get behind it as a whole - which bummed me out.

  • Hawk Jones 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    There's nothin' else like Hawk Jones.

    Sure, Bugsy Malone comes pretty close, but the low-budget and over-scoring of Hawk Jones has it end up feeling like some kind of fever dream. Did I really watch that on the big screen last night? Or was it all a dream?

    The most interesting thing about Hawk Jones, maybe, is that you don't see this kind of weirdo-kids production any more. Sure, you can go load up some YouTube videos where some family…

  • Ouija 2014

    ★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2015

    My Brother watched this, so I watched it again - for some reason.

  • Sniper: Legacy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Your basic straight-to-video action-film production.

    Viewers that seek this kind of stuff out are getting exactly what they're looking for here - slickly filmed action, solid production values for a DTV picture, bare-bones plot that constantly pushes forward by featuring an "international intrigue" angle, and a few moments over-the-top violence.

    The acting ranges from fine, to below-average, and overall it's just all what you expect it will be. It also doesn't pretend like it has a lot to say, it just gets in, boom boom shoot explosions, and gets out.

    Not much to hate, not much to like.

  • Clueless 1995

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015

    "I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy."

  • Stand Alone 1985

    ★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Turns out, alongside The Rookie, I had inadvertently planned a "takes forever to get around to it" double feature with Stand Alone.

    Charles Durning plays a World War II vet who has returned home to his sleepy suburban life - only to witness a drug-and-donuts related execution. Much like Gary Busey in Eye of the Tiger, released one year later, Durning won't have any of it, so he takes it upon himself to clean up the streets, so to speak.…