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  • Private Benjamin

    Private Benjamin

    ★★★

    I don't think the Army is funny, and I generally dislike movies and shows that make the Army look like some kind of goofball adventure. This movie mostly plays for laughs, but does have some drama mixed in. The drama is much more effective to me. Goldie Hawn plays a woman who can't stop getting into relationships that have the superficial ingredients for happiness, but lack any kind of spark. When the movie isn't trying to make the audience laugh,…

  • Angel of Destruction

    Angel of Destruction

    ★★½

    This Maria Ford action flick features some serious exploitation. The story is a familiar tale of revenge. A woman goes after her slain sister's killer, or at least I think that's what was happening. Three nights in a row a dozed off during the first 15 minutes, and had to keep rewinding the next night to find my place. On the fourth night, I got most of the way through it, and on the fifth I finally finished it. So…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★½

    For the first 15 minutes of this film, I was engaged but kind of dreading what I was in for. Then, for the next two hours, I was rapt. I'm still trying to process what happened after that. Tarkovsky creates a world that is so intriguing and so frightening that it astounds me how he did it, considering what was actually put in the frame. It would have been so easy to not do this right, and for the effect…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★½

    This is the first time I've come back to this movie since understanding what it means to be a Golan Globus film, and boy... what a treat. This movie, as a sequel to its predecessor, is such a weird thing. I loved it as a teenager for the humor and over-the-top violence, started to appreciate the commentary on sexual politics in my twenties, and had not yet watched it in my thirties. Now, having seen the Electric Boogaloo doc and…