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  • Angus 1995

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Surprisingly overlooked coming-of-age comedy - with quite a bit of emphasis on dramatics.

    Angus, while flawed in some regards, plays with some fairly bleak and dark elements of teenage life that allows it to have a bit more weight than the average teen flick from the 90s. This also allows the underdog elements to feel a lot more earned, realistic and relatable.

  • Pump up the Volume 1990

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015

    Some great 90s-fueled moments in here still, before it all kind of fizzles out by the end. Killer soundtrack, obviously.

    Bonus half-star for use of Descendents.

  • Emperor of the North 1973

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Viewed as the second part of a Lee Marvin Double Feature.

    Stay with me here - as Emperor of the North may be an unlikely candidate for what I'm about to posit - but there needs to be some kind of fan edit or re-structured version of this movie.

    At two-hours, this tale of hobo vs. hobo vs. train captain is just too long.

    Marvin plays A-Number-1, the king among hobos during the great depression. Borgnine plays a train captain…

  • Point Blank 1967

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Viewed in part of a Lee Marvin Double Feature.

    I've been meaning to watch Point Blank for years, and I finally got around to it last night.

    It's fuckin' brilliant - really, what else to say? Can't wait to watch this one again. Boorman directs the hell outta this picture, it's gorgeously shot and the sound editing is ri-goddamn-diculous at times.

  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    Expected ending aside, Bava's insane film of murder and haunting was pretty much a blast. Where else can you see a cleaver-wielding psychopath haunted and tormented by the ghost of his wife? What an odd and wonderful turn Hatchet takes. As stylish as you'd expect, as well.

  • Selma 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    An utterly fantastic "awards season" drama-biopic that dodges most problems that come with said title. Powerful and relevant.

  • The Craft 1996

    ★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    The Craft is soooo '90s. But also, pretty interesting in fits and spurts.

    There's plenty to laugh at - as well as with - but it's also not as straight-up bad as you might think a '90s time-capsule teen-flick could be. There are some interesting dynamics at play, for sure.

    They're just wrapped up in a classically 90s, fairly obvious CGI filled, MTV soundtracked bundle - but sometimes that's pretty great for a Wednesday night viewing.

  • Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Dec, 2014

    I don't necessarily believe that there's much in Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL for anyone who isn't already a big fan of those bands.

    But that said, I'm a huge Descendents fan, so there was plenty to love in here - as well as some new nuggets of information that I was previously unaware of.

    It's a little uneven (much of Bill Stevenson's life story is saved for the finale, which is fine but could have been more of a focus throughout) but overall a welcome watch for a mega-fan like myself.

  • Ski Patrol 1990

    ★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2015 3

    For some reason, the uber-lame anything-goes gag-a-minute approach worked for me with Ski Patrol where the much less energetic Ski School lost me.

    Listen, most of the jokes in here are awful. Truly awful. There are dogs who burp and fart, most of the jokes involve the hilarious premise that it's amazingly funny when someone falls down, and the plot is so forgettable that the movie pretty much forgets it too.

    I don't care, I found much more to laugh…

  • Ski School 1991

    ★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    This seems to get a lot of love, but I'm not digging it that much.

    Sure, there's some fun to be found in the snobs-vs-slobs format still, but it's no genre classic, that's for sure. Makes for fine Sunday-evening brain-off viewing, though.

    Not quite as mean-spirited as some genre entries, but eighties (scratch that, early-nineties) homophobia plays heavily into the plot - with the slob main characters tricking people into thinking the "snob" team has two homosexuals on their roster to "hilarious" results.

    A pretty dire moment in an overall less-aggressive-than-average sex-comedy.

    Filmed in Canada, to boot!

  • West of Memphis 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2015

    Having only a cursory knowledge of the West Memphis 3 case, I finally checked out this two-and-a-half hour documentary to get up to speed with the story. My Girlfriend, having seen this film already and also the Paradise Lost films, filled me in on anything else I was missing from the story as well.

    Now, this is a major piece of documentary filmmaking, that's for sure. It's long, but it never feels too forced or uneven; it's thoroughly engrossing throughout.…

  • Obvious Child 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    I loved Obvious Child.

    Loved the hilarious performances, the surprising and sweet romance, and pretty much everything else about it.

    Definitely one of my favourite movies of last-year. No question.