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  • The Doors

    The Doors

    Oliver Stone was considered to be one of America's formost movie directors for about a decade starting in 1986. Between 1986 and 1995, he directed ten films, six of which were up for major Oscars, and half were controversial hits at the box office. Speaking personally, 4 of those films were truly good: Heaven and Earth, Talk Radio, JFK, and Nixon. Many of the others, like Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, and Born on the Fourth of July were strong in…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★

    In the mid 80s, the most popular movies among teenagers were written by John Hughes. They were far from perfect films, but they were pretty canny in their insights into teen life at the time and were generally enjoyable. But something changed in Hughes after his pet project She's Having a Baby was roundly dismissed in 1988. He spent the remaining 10 years of his time in Hollywood on a type of autopilot, focusing mainly on films about little children…

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    I'm not usually a fan of recent R-rated comedies, but this one did indeed work for me. Although I already knew about some details of the plot, one of the main reasons I even watched this was because of Rachel McAdams, and she is in fine comic fettle, a true dynamo, here whipping her way through the proceedings with plenty of sass and charm (even though her reading of Amanda Plummer's notorious line from Pulp Fiction doesn't quite reach the…

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    ★★★★½

    If anything, this film is one of a kind. It is definitely not a traditional western, and even with some serious patches in there, its not quite like the new neo-Westerns. Instead, this film blends together farce, slapstick, gallows humor (literally as well as figuratively), social satire, an elegy for the Old West, and the passage of time. It succeeds with flying colors, even in spite of a slightly sluggish first 10 minutes. But when it does catch fire, shortly…