Jesse_Wroe has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2018.

  • Honeysuckle Rose

    Honeysuckle Rose

    ★★

    Boring, can't care about the "central conflict." That soundtrack wasn't enjoyable in the least, the fashion made my eyes sore. Not into country, it seems.

  • The Girl in Room 2A

    The Girl in Room 2A

    ★★

    More like a bad evil cult horror film than a good giallo, but it induces a lot of laughs and Berto Pisano's score saves it (until it doesn't).

    The sound of the English dub is too funny. The performances sound so stiff and bland.

    It has a lot of bad lighting, a sin in the genre.

    The opening credit sequence is pretty good though.

  • Winchester

    Winchester

    ★★

    Vengeful ghosts perform a haunting sit-in at the home of the manufacturer of the guns that were used to kill them. It's an attempt at relevance, but it's a silly mix supernatural horror with a message about guns and American history. Fairly generic and unscary.

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    ★★

    During the past year I've revisited many gialli, most of which I watched more than a decade ago. Director Dario Argento, a "second-generation" founding father of a style of Italian murder-mystery-thriller c. 1970 that the world deems as the definitive giallo, has had many of his films newly scanned and restored for the HD market (today I received my Arrow Video limited edition region-A release of "Deep Red"). "Cat O' Nine Tails" had a nice set released recently, which was…

  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog

    ★★

    Transcendental...trash?

  • British Sounds

    British Sounds

    ★★

    Agitprop, basically.

    A fist punches through a poster of the Union Jack.

    A production line in an automobile factory is shown slowly by a shot tracking from left to right. It's the document variant of the line of cars leading to a pileup of destruction in Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend." As production commences, a narrator outlines the Marxist critique of wage labor and bourgeois culture. The smiles and joys of the men at work are on display, as the audience is…

  • Requiem for the American Dream

    Requiem for the American Dream

    ★★

    Disappointing, because Noam Chomsky is sounding more like Bernie Sanders every day. Anarchists shouldn't be nostalgic for the Big Government expansions of the 1950s.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★

    Save this for when you must watch a movie with family members and you're betting they'll tolerate Hollywood violence so long as it involves revenge for killing somebody's daughter and the avenger is a dad who lost his daughter. Because that kind of generic murder-mystery/action-thriller bullshit is super popular these days.

    "Hell On High Water" was kinda mediocre and well looks like Taylor Sheridan is here to give us more mediocrity.

    Also, last time I heard about Kelsey Chow (from…

  • Drive-In Massacre

    Drive-In Massacre

    ★★

    Boring. Not much going for it.

    The good parts can be counted on two hands: opening text that's grammatically incorrect, the first kill is good and risible, the tracking shots are good, there's a cool odd meter jam in the score, John Carpenter favorite George "Buck" Flower, an eerie and colorful carnival scene, a hilarious line about somebody's head, and a fun—but short—finale. [SPOILER] Every suspect dies, so there's no resolution. That's an interesting idea for a story. Better filmmakers should try it.

  • Farewell, Friend

    Farewell, Friend

    ★★

    What a strange movie. Turns out, Alain Delon and Charles Bronson don't make a match.

  • The Fountainhead

    The Fountainhead

    ★★

    The American counterpart to "Things To Come," also starring Raymond Massey.

    This gets much of what's bad about the novel right, strangely. It feels like a parody of bigheadedness, or a melodramatic look at the bizarre psychology of idealistic fetishes.

    When Henry Cameron is in the emergency unit and tells Howard Roark that he told the city architects "that the form of a building must follow its function," I LOLed. That's the whole movie in a nutshell.