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  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★½

    Elle left me chilly. Not in that usual thrilling Verhoeven way, but in a completely indifferent “cold” state upon conclusion. The tease of this subversive “relationship” offered so many perverse investigations into the psyche of the battered woman, I didn’t feel we spent enough time there. The subplots detract and distract from the main thoroughfare and I never got the exploration I craved. It’s an interesting film, made so by the brave central Huppert performance. But I wanted more from…

  • Lifeboat

    Lifeboat

    ★★★★½

    Exquisite technical achievement in filmmaking. A true showcase of a cinematic mind at the height of his craft. And then there’s Tallulah Bankhead’s resplendent performance anchoring the entire thing. See what I did there? Anchor. Lifeboat.

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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?