• Silver Streak

    Silver Streak

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #10: A movie set on a train

    On a train trip, book editor George (Gene Wilder) witnesses a dead body falling off, making him a target of the perpetrators. Uneven blend of comedy and Hitchcockian thrills doesn't work quite as well as you'd like it to, but it's still fairly entertaining. Richard Pryor is delightful as car thief Grover.

    Fine score by Henry Mancini.

  • A Walk in the Clouds

    A Walk in the Clouds

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #5: A film from a Mexican director

    Wanting to spare her from shame, a returning WWII soldier (Keanu Reeves) plays husband for an unwed, pregnant woman (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon). Old-fashioned romantic drama that could easily have come from the era it depicts. Charming, heartbreaking and agreeably performed.

    Lovely score by Maurice Jarre.

  • Mo' Money

    Mo' Money

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #17: A movie with a misspelled word in the title

    Con man brothers Jonathan (Damon Wayans) and Seymour (Marlon Wayans) may have hit on a new scam after Jonathan gets a job at a credit card company. It goes without saying that a mixture of violent thriller and a rehash of a lot of the schticks you could see for free Sunday nights on Fox doesn't go down smooth. Some scattered laughs, but this is most worthwhile to those who remember (or want to remember) the era.

  • The Love Bug

    The Love Bug

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #27: A movie set and filmed in San Francisco

    Racer Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) is on the search for a new car, but there's something about the Volkswagen Bug he stumbles upon. Somewhat dated, but still quite engaging Disney feature. Loaded with riotous sight gags and impressive car stunts.

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #29: A film that sparked controversy upon its release

    Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) returns to the town of Lumberton and finds himself embroiled in an ever-escalating murder case. Truly oddball David Lynch thriller that keeps one on edge right to the end...though the longer it goes on, the more frustrated one becomes with the protagonist and the danger he consistently throws himself into. Some interesting vignettes and the cast is sensational.

  • The Window

    The Window

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #2: An Edgar Award-winning movie

    Known for spinning tall tales, young Tommy (Bobby Driscoll) finds himself in real danger when he witnesses a murder in the upstairs apartment. A bit too drawn out with Tommy's attempts to find someone who believes him, but, ultimately, a sharp and tense thriller, buoyed by Driscoll's fine performance.

  • Youth in Revolt

    Youth in Revolt

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #11: A movie whose title was changed for a foreign market

    Spurred on by his romantic doppelganger, teenager Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) wants to hook up with classmate Sheeni (Portia Doubleday). Almost like a more grounded Scott Pilgrim, this comedy benefits from solid laughs and colorful characters (enacted by a fine cast).

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #16: An Oscar winner from any year

    In the Depression-era Midwest, bank robbers and lovers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) cut a violent swath across the country evading the law. Entertaining drama based on the real-life crime spree, leavened with wry humor. The cast couldn't be more right for their roles.

  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #28: A film starring a primate

    An expedition into the Congo yields danger that no one in the party could've expected. Adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, this jungle adventure is ridiculous, occasionally eye-rolling...and a fine slice of modern pulp. The script (by Moonstruck's John Patrick Shanley!) is (intentionally) funny, the effects work is good and the cast has a lot of fun with it.

    Fine score by Jerry Goldsmith.

  • Innocent Blood

    Innocent Blood

    ★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #26: A vampire movie

    An undercover cop (Anthony LaPaglia) finds the latest suspect in a series of mob murders is a vampiress (Anne Parillaud) who's already put the bite on the leading capo (Robert Loggia). John Landis makes a sort-of return to An American Werewolf in London territory with this horror-comedy. Starts well enough, but the premise seems a little thin for such a long movie...and the stabs at humor don't work after a while.

  • Players

    Players

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #30: A sports movie not about baseball, basketball or football

    Chris (Dean-Paul Martin) is well on his way to becoming the world's next great tennis star, but he is soon distracted by a relationship with an older woman (Ali MacGraw). About as involving as it sounds; a glorified (and needlessly drawn out) soap opera.

    Rescued somewhat by Jerry Goldsmith's fine score.

  • The Killer Is Loose

    The Killer Is Loose

    ★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #86
    Task #6: A 40s-50s film noir

    The apprehension of a would-be bank robber (Wendell Corey) leads to the accidental shooting of his wife, leading him to swear vengeance on the officer (Joseph Cotten) who pulled the trigger. Potentially winning noir starts strong, with fine performances, but is ultimately undercut by too many ridiculous character choices.