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  • Counsellor at Law

    Counsellor at Law

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly complex emotional dramedy about a defense attorney for the people who finds himself in hot water over a fabricated alibi. Barrymore looks like he's still memorizing lines and delivers a top notch "profile" performance at the center of a man watching his life fall apart around him. Manic office machinations approach His Girl Friday levels with a wonderful supporting cast of supporting characters. Not every subplot lands on its feet, but this turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of the Nitrate Picture Show 2019.

  • Dead Reckoning

    Dead Reckoning

    ★★★

    Over-the-top noir that tries too hard to imitate The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon with moderate success. Producers shoehorned the wonderful Lizabeth Scott into the Bacall role instead of letting her just be Lizabeth Scott. Even Bogart doesn't really appear to believe in the nonsense script. All that aside, it's still an enjoyable noir -- unintentional humor included.

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    33 Horror Movies. 33 Reviews. Hooptober Challenges.
    View my 2016 Cinema Shame/Hoop-Tober Watch Pile Shame-a-thon Statement here.

    Nature of Shame:
    Never seen THE FLY (1986). CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Jeff Goldblum. Cronenberg. Oozy goo. THE FLY!

    Hoop-tober Challenge Checklist:
    Decade - 1980's
    Original and Remake



    The Advance Word: OMFG LIKE THE BEST F'ING MOVIE EVER. I'm substituting hyperbole for an honest appraisal of my expectations here. I do so because I scanned the @Letterboxd reviews and that's pretty much what…

  • Beach Blanket Bingo

    Beach Blanket Bingo

    ★★½

    I had fun, but at what cost to my worldview?