ClarksDad has written 179 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Spiral Staircase

    The Spiral Staircase

    ★★★★★

    ...and slasher movies were born.

    Sinister and creepy...blessed with a knockout score and rich, intense performances from a couple of legendary actresses.

    Perfect double feature with "The Uninvited".

  • Christmas Holiday

    Christmas Holiday

    ★★★

    The original Black Christmas. What a solemn, morbidly depressing film (enjoyably so...as it features two stars that were typically an audience guarantee of light, unchallenging material...).

    It isn't great...but Durbin is terrific and Kelly is sexy AF. Its a huge disservice that this film has been out of circulation for decades...caught up in b.s. with the Maugham estate. Please...someone...TCM? Criterion?...help straighten this shit out so we can see a proper release some day.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    As ravishing and well-performed as rumored. My god the art direction. The structure takes some getting used to...a little hard to get your footing in that obtuse first act...worth hanging in there.

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★★

    I don’t remember who got Oscar that year but it damn sure wasn’t a better performance than what Mikkelsen achieves here.

    ***Be warned there is some strong animal violence in this film. Not faked.

  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★★★

    If you are going to murder me, please have a Pino Donaggio score playing in the background. Thank you.

  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★★

    Jane Fonda is far better than the movie (which i feel like I can say about almost all of her performances).

    In fact...I think her scene listening to the murder of a fellow prostitute is one of the finest things I've ever seen.

  • Clash of the Titans

    Clash of the Titans

    ½

    What an unimaginative mess. Charmless Characters, boring script, ugly design (That’s the best Isle Of The Dead they could come up with?)...and exactly zero suspense. Literally every square inch of it is computer generated to within an inch of its life.

  • Casino

    Casino

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese brought out the absolute best in these 3 stars. For once his indulgent decisions (St Matthew's Passion blaring through the surround speakers, voice-over narration, etc) support the story without drowning it. It's also just a drop dead gorgeous film.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★

    Imagine Casino without Sharon Stone....

    or Goodfellas without Lorraine Bracco....

    and you have The Irishman.

    If it feels like this solid, entertaining crime saga is "missing something"...now you know.

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★

    Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis are heartbreakingly good in this.

    The film itself can be summed up by the movie poster: overworked.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★

    Scorsese's achilles heel: voiceover narration and over-aggressive scores.

    It really cuts this film's impact for me.

    Still, I'm a junkie for NYC Is A Hellhole movies of the 70s. This is among the crown jewels.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★

    Every few minutes there's a camera angle...or steady cam scene...or some little bits of business going on...and you're startled by how painstakingly all this was constructed. It's a beauty.

    Not as challenging or subversive as DePalma's other films of the period...it's a pretty audience-friendly ride. Lithgow is a deliciously good villain.