ClarksDad has written 179 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Eyes of Laura Mars

    Eyes of Laura Mars

    ★★★

    Photos by Helmut Newton, music by Streisand, story by John Carpenter, full-on 1970s NYC, and Faye Dunaway at her most gorgeous.

    Wish the credentials had yielded a more exciting film...it actually needs MORE of what some at the time found a turn-off.. A kinkier, more graphic film...with a stronger director (De Palma?)...would have aged better.

    This is PG stuff with some boobs and F-words...but a delicious time capsule nonetheless.

  • The Night of the Iguana

    The Night of the Iguana

    ★★★½

    We don’t have record of Bette Davis’ performance in the broadway original...but Ava Gardner certainly seems like she is channeling Bette at times. She’s good but I don’t think this is her at her best.

    Burton though...born for this role. And as always with Williams...the atmosphere he creates is simply brilliant.

  • Working Girls

    Working Girls

    ★★½

    The movie’s ok...the real attraction is the little-known star Judith Wood. She was the original “Kitty Packard” in the Broadway version of Dinner at Eight (later played by Jean Harlow on the screen). She has a great presence and star quality...it’s a shame she didn’t have much of a career. But hey...here we are almost 100 years later still appreciating her work.

  • Fantasia

    Fantasia

    ★★★★★

    For some reason I can handle criticism of all my favorite films...except this one. It's too special...I'm too close to it.

    "Night on Bald Mountain" fades into "Ave Maria" and a bell tolls in the surround speakers and it makes me happy to be alive.

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Handful of movies I just fantasize...what was it like to be the FIRST audience to experience the shock...the moment that changed everything ? Psycho...The Exorcist....and Alien.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    Satisfies the need for a quick fix. Solid storytelling, decent ending... but the action set pieces are just busy and ineffective, and the CGI aliens ho-hum. Give me good old analog, claustrophobic “Alien” over this.

  • Looking: The Movie

    Looking: The Movie

    ★★

    The series was a self-conscious bore...the movie continues the legacy. Generic characters, stock situations, no real humor or soul, and god forbid anything offend. We gays make turgid movies about ourselves...but ace movies about heterosexuals or closet cases.

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★

    Why is this so bad. Oh...same guy who did “Looking”...the other movie that’s like watching paint dry.

  • Memory: The Origins of Alien

    Memory: The Origins of Alien

    ★★★

    Decent exploration of the film...fans will enjoy. I would have liked more about its theatrical release and the “viral” reaction to that chest scene (which I recall hearing about as a kid at the time).... but as the title says...this is about origins.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★½

    Im an absolute sucker for movies that aim this high and miss.

  • Maleficent

    Maleficent

    ½

    No character arc in this entire film makes a goddamn ounce of sense.

    LOL there is a sequel?!?

  • You'll Find Out

    You'll Find Out

    ★★★½

    You should see one Kay Kyser film (but just one). The guy is plum crazy...but if you get in the right mindset, there is a ditzy charm (I cannot even convey how wildly popular he was...his radio show was like the Seinfeld of its time).

    Quality haunted house atmospherics (including miniature props from King Kong in the lab background)...a scary seance (maybe the best in movie history? I'd argue it)...good big band tunes...Ginny Simms' velvety voice...AND Karloff, Lugosi, and Lorre....which is way more than any film could ever ask for.

    There is a thing called Ish Kabbible in this...once seen..cant be unseen.