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  • Computer Ghosts

    ★★

  • School Spirit

    ★½

  • Ghost Writer

    ★★

  • Maxie

    ★★½

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  • The Perfect Woman

    The Perfect Woman

    The only amusing thing about this terrible TV sci-fi comedy (Fred Willard as King Kroger) is that the design of the ship the two morons from outer space arrive in is apparently based on the 1948 Chiles-Whitted UFO encounter case, covered in co-director Robert Emenegger's musty mass paperback UFOs: Past, Present, and Future.

  • 14 Going on 30

    14 Going on 30

    ★★★

    14 Going on 30 is an easy-to-like "only in the '80s" made-for-TV sci-fi flick that feels like the result of replacing the Zoltar machine from the same year's Big with River Phoenix's Explorers character.

    Also, like 1989's Renegades, it's another movie featuring Bryan Adams' feel-good tune "Only the Strong Survive" that predates Problem Child 2 (1991).

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  • Hack-O-Lantern

    Hack-O-Lantern

    ★★★

    "It's only a dummy, dummy! Happy Halloween!"

    It appears that Mother Nature won't permit us to put out our dummies and fog machines this year. Bummer. I can still watch 31-year-old Halloween-set straight-to-video slashers as a way to tune out the sound of ceaseless Halloween rain.

    I would say that Hack-O-Lantern is exactly what I needed after straying from the '80s path for 30 days. This flick did the trick; it's a fun little '80s treat.

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★

    One two three... hail T.V.
    Watching Dirty Harry made a man of me
    Here I stand, T.V. man
    I've got all the angels eating out of my hand...
    I got the good, bad and ugly traits
    But even Dirty Harry was allowed to make mistakes...
    (chorus from The Bolshoi's amusing 1987 single "T.V. Man")

    I can remember catching the opening scene of Dirty Harry (1971) on TV as a kid one Sunday afternoon in the early '90s and being somewhat…