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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★½

    80's Tom Cruise kitsch soundtracked by Kenny Loggins is the best of all possible worlds. If you didn't watch TOP GUN in its moment, you won't understand this love for something so dumb and so emotionally false. I'm good with that. At least acknowledge that Tony Scott could craft pure big-budget flash and glam spectacle better than anyone.

  • Zatôichi and the Chest of Gold

    Zatôichi and the Chest of Gold

    ★★★★

    The first of the Zatoichi films that feels B-grade in execution. Lesser film stock(?). More blood. Some gratuitous. But the story engages. More Zatoichi quirks and more of the worst of humanity on display.

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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…

  • The Seventh Victim

    The Seventh Victim

    ★★★½

    31+ Days of Horror. 33 Horror Movies. 33 Reviews. Hooptober Challenges and Bonus Tasks.

    Nature of Shame:

    Shame comes in all varieties. The Seventh Victim doubles up the shame. DVR shame. DVD shame.

    Hoop-tober Challenge Checklist:

    Decade – 1940’s
    Before 1970

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    Cinema Shame comes in all varieties. We’ve investigated the first two garden varieties with this Shame-a-thon.

    1. I’ve never seen Evil Dead 2-variety SHAME! (Substitute your own unseen classic film.)

    2. Watch-Pile SHAME! (I’ve owned this movie for…