• Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    Much better than the reviews would have you believe. I was watching it wondering when the bad stuff (from the reviews) was coming. But it never did. It's "deliberately paced" as they say, and has a somber tone, but good overall with a focus of building a foundation with character exploration and development. A slight tonal shift was evident once the Four gained their powers, but it held my interest and was actually intelligent and substantive. It doesn't deserve its RT rating and it's sad to see some "fanboys" rating a movie they obviously haven't seen. See for yourself.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★★★

    Life of Pi is a symbolic spiritual journey similar in kind to the mythic stories of Hinduism that use allegory to convey truths about the human condition. Visually masterful and well-told tale requires a reading beyond its surface appearance down to its depths.

  • The Video Dead

    The Video Dead

    Really bad movie not worth your time. The acting is below sub-par, save for the guy who plays the Texan with zombie experience, and he's only good in comparison with the others. Goofy premise with a mess of goofy scenes topped with unconvincing, sub-par special effects. Victoria Bastel is a cute blonde and her fleeting up-skirt shot is the highlight of this flick, and that reveals a lot (about me and about this movie). The ending of the movie is even more idiotic than what came before, which was already maddeningly idiotic. Pass.

  • The Killer Shrews

    The Killer Shrews

    The name alone is laughable, but this minor gem of the '50s giant creature sci-fi subgenre is among the best of that decade. As usual some scientists are experimenting and things go awry. The cool part though, for the viewer, is that these scientists, and one's sultry, hard-drinkin' daughter, are alone on a deserted island. The location and their ultimate confinement to a barracaded adobe house gives the sensation of oppression and gloom matched by Night of the Living Dead,…

  • The Brain from Planet Arous

    The Brain from Planet Arous

    Finally saw THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS! What a great, goofy movie this is. I'm wavering between rating it a 6 & 7 (don't care for this system), but the 7 wins out. It's a bad movie, but I loved it. It could have had more monstrous menace to it, but John Agar was excellent and probably the best I've ever seen him. His girlfriend is a little hottie with a great body and she's a blast, too. The funny thing,…

  • The World's Greatest Sinner

    The World's Greatest Sinner

    Timothy Carey was a character -- an unforgettable character actor and a unique human being as well. Most might recognize him as South Dakota Slim from Frankie & Annette's beach movies. His trademark wacky dance he does in these films had actually been performed before, in the drive-in hopping, [b]Poor White Trash[/b], AKA, [b]Bayou[/b] (1957). When Carey finally realized his dream of producing, directing and starring in his own film, [b]The World's Greatest Sinner[/b], he danced his dance again.

    [b]The World's…

  • Land of the Lost

    Land of the Lost

    Land of the Lost is a cult movie awaiting its following. As a kid I loved the TV show but was willing to be open-minded for this take-off on the original concept. This was much better than the critics would let you believe -- laughs throughout and enough PG13 weirdness to keep an adult (okay with stupid humor) entertained. One I'll be purchasing for repeat viewings. I'm starting the cult.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    No Country For Old Men is a bleak, existentialist story that grapples with the search for meaning in a world where unpredictable, meaningless violence is a constant. Tommy Lee Jones' character comes from generations of lawmen whose job is to defend the innocents and try to bring justice in a lawless land of inexplicable, random violence.

    As this movie is a mythic tale, the characters represent something larger than their individual selves. Some reviews mention a lack of character development,…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Strong visuals and great performances, including a surprising and sensitive turn by Meatloaf, aren't enough to make this a great movie. The switcheroo towards the end was deflating, although the film was never predictable. It's about testosterone, anger, virility, emotional distance and madness, and squeezes in many other ideas. Some great lines but overall not a coherent package.

  • The Incredible Journey

    The Incredible Journey

    Old-fashioned Disney animal adventure movie won't win any animal rights awards, but The Incredible Journey is warm, predictable family fodder. If you grew up in the '60s - '70s, the voice of the narrator, Rex Allen, is a familiar, soothing companion on this trek. Good nature photography as usual for this era of Disney films.

  • The Wrong Guys

    The Wrong Guys

    One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of bad movies. With Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer and other comedians in the cast, you would think this would have a lot of laughs in it. Not one. Not only were there no laughs when I saw this in the theater, there were audible groans. A truly horrible movie you will be sorry to have spent any time with, even if you see it for free. The Wrong Everything...

  • The Wolfman

    The Wolfman

    First, a thanks to the producers for a respectful remake of the Universal classic. And thanks for not making the Wolfman's mouth open to three times its normal size. The Universal classic monster lore and history is treated honorably in this new take on the old Curt Siodmak story. Fans of classic horror will notice bits from Werewolf of London (1935) tossed in, too.

    My wife and I walked hand-in-hand on rain-soaked sidewalks that Wednesday date night on our way…