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  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8

    ★★★

    #Oceans8 was pleasant comfort food that delivered some safe matinee viewing. My hope is that it does well enough to warrant further adventures with this cast where they’ll give them a movie that takes a few more risks and gives these actresses something more personal to explore. There was no sense that anything was or could go wrong here. Every obstacle just fell into place without anyone breaking a sweat. The Ocean’s 11-13 films always had that moment where everything seemed to go sideways. That’s the thrill. This was just effervescent fluff.

  • Hot to Trot

    Hot to Trot

    ★★★

    One of the more minor issues I never noticed about this movie when I watched it rather frequently in 1988-1990ish... no part of this movie makes sense. Let’s talk about this for a moment. 

    Idiot son Bobcat Goldthwait inherits half a brokerage and a talking horse much to the dismay of stepfather Dabney Coleman.  Talking horse gives idiot son stock tips, gets rich. Horse tells idiot son to buy stock in oat company. (Oats? Really?) Oats contaminated, company goes bankrupt.…

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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…

  • He Walked by Night

    He Walked by Night

    ★★★★

    Soggy, narrative-driven police procedural turns into a gripping thriller, inspires Jack Webb to make Dragnet. Two scenes set this film apart — the chase through the LA storm drains and a cringeworthy segment where Richard Basehart digs a bullet out of his side. The film’s overbearing silence (there’s largely no score) contributes to the tension as does the steady and stoic camera that makes a study of the face of a murderer. If you didn’t know John Alton’s name before this film, you certainly learned a thing or two about light and shadow. A clinic.