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  • Above the Law

    Above the Law 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    Henry Silva, Pam Grier and Segal kicking lots of ass more than makes up for this film's pacing problems (where 100 minutes feel more like 130.)

    Can't believe I hadn't seen this one until this weekend; definitely one of his better films, thanks to The Fugitive director Andrew Davis, who also gave Chuck Norris his best film with Code of Silence.

  • Mom's Outta Sight

    Mom's Outta Sight 1998

    Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    "This feels like a Fred Olen Ray movie."

    *Googles Peter Stewart*

    "Ahh, bingo."

  • The Chase

    The Chase 1994

    ★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2016

    Fun, funny fluff.

    Rifkin's nutty sense of humor brightens what likely would have been a ho-hum affair. Sheen and Swanson are mismatched but it doesn't matter when we have Henry Rollins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing wackos in pursuit; entertaining.

  • Call Me

    Call Me 1988

    ★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2016

    There's a distant through-line of No Wave-iness running through the late-eighties tawdry thriller Call Me that makes it more interesting than it really has any right to be.

    You can come for the more-thought-out-than-expected cinematography and thematic undercurrents, and stay for Steve Buscemi; it's also one of the most New York movies I've ever seen, with every scene being like a tour through one grimy, wonderful Brooklyn location after another - it's great stuff.

    Otherwise, this is pretty standard and…

  • Cherry Falls

    Cherry Falls 2000

    ★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2016

    I remember this being more of an interesting mess than it actually is... it's pretty much your average straight-up studio-and-MPAA influenced mess.

    Potential? Sure, lots. Some bizarre choices and unexplained incestuous undertones? Yep, it's weird. Does it add up to anything satisfying? Nah, not really.

    Another one worth checking out, as it really could have been something better, but it's still just a weird almost-great slasher that ultimately disappoints - outside of a few bat-shit moments that seemed bat-shittier in my memories than they are in reality.

  • Attack the Block

    Attack the Block 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Apr, 2016

    Cornish, where art thou? You're our only hope!

  • Everybody Wants Some

    Everybody Wants Some 2016

    ★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    That was absolutely, unequivocally OK. I watched this on Saturday night, and it has already disappeared into a fine mist in my mind.

  • The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

    The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2016

    The Barkley Marathons is a slight and unevenly made at times documentary that eventually reveals itself to be an inspirational and at times hilarious documentary about one insane marathon.

    Watching this after having seen Finders Keepers did me a disservice, to be honest. Barkley is quite rough around the edges, but it would have to be I suppose, considering the ridiculous nature of the marathon. Still, I found myself partially let down by the form of the documentary, wishing there had been some more care taken in the fitting together and presentation of the movie's explanations.

    That said, it's insane and you should probably watch it.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2016

    Jeff Nichols' parental-drama by way of Spielbergian fantasy-sci-fi absolutely stuns for the first three-quarters of its running time.

    Now, I'm not saying that this movie takes a nose-dive or anything, but I'm still sifting through some of the visual choices made in the finale, and my overall reaction; mostly, I absolutely loved Midnight Special and many of its moments approach absolute perfection. The way the film doles out just the right amount of exposition as to grab your interest but…

  • It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman!

    It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman! 1975

    ★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2016

    OK, so the staging here admittedly leaves something to be desired - the dance-numbers are quite poor, and though the stages are charmingly lo-fi, they certainly don't help the visual look along much - but this was actually quite entertaining.

    Sure, it's got about two or three jokes that they run into the ground, but I found myself laughing throughout; I could see some kids having really fond memories of catching this one on television and enjoying a revisit every few years. The songs, though there may be a few too many, are chuckle-worthy at times as well.

  • Sole Survivor

    Sole Survivor 1983

    ★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2016 4

    This high-concept suspense-horror manages to work up a number of effective scenes, though the atmosphere just didn't entirely land for me. I admired this movie from a distance, as it never truly infected me with any palpable dread or horror.

    That said, the concept is novel and very interesting for being pre- It Follows and Final Destination. This plays out like a slightly more gruesome Twilight Zone episode, and the final act leads up nicely to a real knock-out of…

  • The Devil At Your Heels

    The Devil At Your Heels 1981

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2016

    Another absolute knock-out documentary to add to my all-time pile. One of the most engrossing and fascinating films I've seen in a while, The Devil at Your Heels follows Ken Carter as he prepares the St. Lawrence River jump, with a distance of over one-mile while driving a custom-fitted, rocket-powered Lincoln Continental.

    Right from the start, the film grabs attention, before following Ken through a series of crashes and jumps, leading into a five-year preparation for the aforementioned jump. The tension, the drama, the self-destructing masculinity, the jumps, delays, crashes and more are all pure fuckin' cinema.

    Completely brilliant, funny, sad and entirely human; a must-see.