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  • In America

    In America

    ★★★★

    Excellent drama maintains a naive, child-like POV on some heavy subjects, and solid performances from everyone, especially the kids. Worth seeing. Script by Jim, Naomi & Kirsten Sheridan based on real life

  • In & Out

    In & Out

    ★★★

    Lightweight and far-fetched comedy with some good gags that might actually appeal to the other side of the fence. And who knew Bob Newhart would make a good bad guy? Unfortunately, the script by Paul Rudnick (Stepford Wives) relies gay stereotypes rather than exploring what it really means to be gay (apparently simply listening to Barbara Streisand makes you gay whether you know it or not) making the hero ridiculously naive. Terrific supporting cast.

  • In & Out

    In & Out

    ★★★

    Lightweight and far-fetched comedy with some good gags that might actually appeal to the other side of the fence. And who knew Bob Newhart would make a good bad guy? Unfortunately, the script by Paul Rudnick (Stepford Wives) relies gay stereotypes rather than exploring what it really means to be gay (apparently simply listening to Barbara Streisand makes you gay whether you know it or not) making the hero ridiculously naive. Terrific supporting cast.

  • I Spit on Your Grave

    I Spit on Your Grave

    ★★

    Perhaps the fall of the 70's zeitgeist had less to do with the blockbuster mentality and more to do with taking garbage like this and Night Porter way too seriously. Apparently controversial when it came out (the DVD includes excerpts from several reviews to highlight this), today it appears like little more than cheap, exploitative trash. I guess the idea that the rape victim would take revenge herself (rather than her brother/husband/lover/father/other male stand-in) was making a statement, but the…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★

    If you liked Spirited Away then watch this because it's even more strange and more beautiful. Nominated for best animated film and a 1000 times better than Curse of the Wererabbit and Corpse Bride combined. A spectacular and unique fantasy with truly stunning and colorful animation (even though it often veers toward the New Agey stuff). Wonderfully weird!

  • How to Eat Fried Worms

    How to Eat Fried Worms

    ★★★

    Spunky movie that does what it's supposed to do, but not much adult appeal. Interesting power struggle resembles 12 Angry Men and could have gone a lot further, but it was diverted by worms. Script by director Bob Dolman (Willow, Far and Away, Banger Sisters)

  • Hondo

    Hondo

    ★★★★

    Good old western doesn't do anything new but it's rock solid and features John Wayne in one of the most physical, adventurous roles. For the first half hour he's doing nothing but farm work, and he does it with amazing skill and ease. Geraldine Page gives terrible line delivery in her first film - the only weak spot of the movie - but the Apache bad guy Michael Pate is great (he's got a 153 credits on IMDB). The only…

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★

    I was okay with it until the end when it turned into slapstick comedy. Read the script beforehand and they made a few sound changes. Much of it was identical. Problematic story though, and hard to buy. There’s a better movie in this idea. Awesome sex scenes though. Nobody has sex in movies anymore. Maybe I’m not watching the right movies? Script by Josh Olson from a graphic novel (although Cronenberg didn’t know it was from a graphic novel until well into development).

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★

    A French movie set in Hiroshima, beautifully filmed and sweetly erotic. Another plaintive cry for humanism in the post-war existentialist world. It's pure poetry, but honestly the best parts of the movie are horrific atomic bomb clips from Children of Hiroshima, which I've ordered. Script by Margeurite Duras, who has a pretty amazing bio.

  • Heroes for Sale

    Heroes for Sale

    ★★★★

    Went to Liberty Memorial for this one, and while the theatre is incredible, the DVD (VHS?) projection left something to be desired. The image was washed out and lacked detail and was marginally watchable. Ambitious William Wellman melodrama that spans nearly 20 years and covers way too much ground. But it successfully handles tricky subjects with intelligence and maturity - ranging from World War I veterans, morphine addiction, heroism, communism, industrialization, labor riots, prison, philanthropy, a ménage au troix, and…

  • Hell in the Pacific

    Hell in the Pacific

    ★★★★

    You guys can have your Point Blank, but this is the ultimate Lee Marvin/John Boorman movie. I've waited years to see this film, and I'm not the least bit disappointed. The concept and story is perfect, the photography is gorgeous, and the performances are terrific. Must see! The DVD includes subtitles so you can find out what Mifune is saying (but that would really spoil a first viewing, where not knowing Japanese is the point). There's also an alternate ending.…

  • Head

    Head

    ★★★★

    Monkees is the funniest people.