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  • Nighthawks

    Nighthawks

    ★★★½

    I’m all in for some crossdressing Stallone.  NYC is captured in all its sleazy early ‘80s glory in this one.  Hell, even Joe Spinell is in it to seal the deal.  I dig Sly’s look in this, he should’ve rocked the long hair and beard more often and he makes a good cop pairing with Billy Dee Williams chasing after a terrorist played by Rutger “Crazy Eyes” Hauer.  The movie doesn’t appear set dressed at all and filmed totally on…

  • Smilla's Sense of Snow

    Smilla's Sense of Snow

    ★★★½

    Peculiar mystery set in Greenland has Julia Ormond playing a half-Inuit loner obsessed with finding the reason behind the murder of a six-year-old boy.  She’s an interesting character, abrasive and analytical to a fault.  As the story unravels, it’s strangely gripping and once the pieces start to come together, things start to get a little X-Files-y.  Director Billie August creates an intriguing momentum with lots of unusual, striking visuals and settings and she’s assembled a cast of cool veteran actors…

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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    I wanna go on a joyride with Frank Booth.  David Lynch’s 4th film is a dark, sensuous dream that plants the seeds of Twin Peaks right in the grass next to that severed ear crawling with ants.  It’s been awhile since I’ve watched this but I have to say it makes everything I’ve been watching lately pale by comparison.  Can’t wait to get that Criterion blu!

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed

    ★★½

    The Theatrical Cut

    I won’t be watching Nightbreed again for a good long while.  I’ve made it through all 3 cuts of this movie now and while the theatrical cut has the best pacing of the trio, the narrative flow is pretty mangled as a result. Director’s cut FTW.