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  • Turner & Hooch

    Turner & Hooch

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hooch is great. Turner, eh, not so much. What I mean by that is that the stuff with the dog is fine, quite funny and Hooch, gross as he is, makes for fascinating, visually engaging moments. The plot, belonging to the cop, is terrible, truly nonsensical and unnecessary/awkward in its tonal shifts. It doesn't earn how violent it ultimately is, culminating in SPOILER a very terrible death for the dog. I'll take K-9 for my 1989 cop and a dog movie any day of the week over this one.

  • The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

    The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

    ★★★★

    Everyone should be a fan of The Damned. Not everyone should watch this doc. If the idea of watching aged punk rockers lay it all out for everyone to see how non-rock and roll just being in the rock and roll business can be just makes you want to go country, this doc is not for you. Hell, even Damned fans might be put off by just how much this reveals. That, plus the length of the film, makes for…

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  • The House of Tomorrow

    The House of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    Total blind watch, I had no idea what I was getting into when I walked into a somewhat forgotten indie theater here in SoCal. In the end I was charmed by this sweet little flick, although little is the operative term here. This film is low-key, kind of low-stakes in a way that might turn off viewers looking for a more demanding narrative or characters. The set-up is very simple; sheltered kid, through happenstance, winds up meeting a not so…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★★

    I love this movie. My umpteenth rewatch, this one on 35mm at the Egyptian, with Brian Yuzna in attendance; had a chance to shake his hand, thank him for SOCIETY. Shit still holds up and is even better on a big screen. (INSERT OBVIOUS, CRUDE JOKE ABOUT CRAMPTON AND STIMULATING GLANDS OF ANY KIND.)