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  • More American Graffiti

    More American Graffiti

    ★★★★★

    I have always loved this movie and never quite understood the hate for it. It's not the lighthearted nostalgic fun of the original, so that might be part of the reason that it has such a bad rap. I think it's well made and each of the stories are strong.

    1964 - John Milner's budding racing career and romance with foreign exchange student Eva is sweet, and evokes the gentle innocent relationship between Milner and Carol in the original. And…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★★

    I thought "The Birth Of A Nation" was very good. For some reason I had expected it to be fairly stylized, but in reality most of it was straight-forward, traditional filmmaking. I doubt if it will have much rewatch appeal, but I found the story gripping and compelling.

  • Attack the Block

    Attack the Block

    ★★★★

    The limited vocabulary of teen slang gets repetitive quickly, but overall this was a great ride with a snappy pace. It's one of those movies that manages to be fun without being stupid or insulting the viewer's intelligence. I thought the action scenes were well done and that they got the most out of a low budget. I liked the cast and the way the plot progressed.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I thought it was a decent idea: a virtual mashup between Alien and Gravity. The last few Alien films have been disappointing, so maybe a fresh spin might do the sci-fi horror genre some good. But the result is a good looking film with some high-minded artistic ambition mixed with a gory B movie creature feature.

    The first interaction with the alien was pretty tense. Ariyon Bakare as Hugh Derry did a good job of selling his agony. Ryan Reynolds'…

  • The Death of

    The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?

    ★★★★

    A lot better than I was expecting, though I wasn't expecting much at all. How much really can be said about a movie that wasn't made? Quite a bit, actually. It's an entertaining and informative look at how franchise blockbusters are created in the studio system.

    While there are no new interviews with actor Nicholas Cage, his presence is felt through a healthy amount of costume tests and other archival footage. The impressive array of concept art was quite interesting…

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    A surreal horror/comedy masterpiece. A lot of the time it's tough to watch because it evokes some unpleasant feelings. Disorientation, revulsion, confusion, anxiety, ect. Simply hearing the baby cry will test a viewer's patience. But there's an undercurrent of twisted humor throughout, and I think that's really what makes Eraserhead so unique.

    I've seen the film before, in my late teens or early twenties, pan-n-scanned on a standard definition tv with mediocre sound (and way before I knew that David…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    Seems much more like a traditional dramatic film than something assembled from a standard Superhero Movie blueprint. There’s a long stretch in the middle that’s pretty much devoid of action, and I suspect a lot of “Wonder Woman” will probably feel slow to a viewer accustomed to the familiar rhythm of traditional superhero blockbusters. I thought the attention paid to telling this story more like a straight drama film ended up being a good thing. It set itself apart from…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Much like a synthetic with a flute, Alien Covenant blows.

    In my humble opinion this franchise has run out of steam long ago. I believe the first two films of the Alien series are classics. Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection have many problems but some redeeming qualities.

    The prequel Prometheus had ambition and the scene where the crewmember uses a robotic surgeon machine on herself was cool.

    The only thing really going for Alien Covenant is the ambitious idea of…

  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★½

    I think I’ve noted in the past that I’m suffering from “kidnapped hostage movie” overload, so I may not be the best judge of “Hounds Of Love”. For the most part it’s a well-made film, and if you’re into this type of hostage thriller, you might find it worth your time.

    In improv comedy class they tell you not to make your characters crazy. If they’re mentally unstable, then any sort of behavior can be explained, and it just doesn’t…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Judging from the comments I've read online, I feel that it's become kind of cool to hate on "La La Land", so I wasn't quite sure what to expect upon my first viewing. It's Hollywood's love letter to itself, and I can see how that would immediately be grating to many viewers. I ended up really loving it. Some movies miss their target, some hit, and others hit bullseyes. I'm not a huge fan of musicals, but this movie rang…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You have to give the X-Men franchise a lot of credit for longevity. For what I hear is Hugh Jackman’s incredible ninth appearance as the character of Wolverine, the producers have shown a commitment to making as high-quality a film as possible. It’s about time that the superhero genre grew up a little bit. But I had big problems with the story of “Logan” that ultimately undercut the whole thing.

    Who would have ever imagined that the second sequel to…

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    I've liked plenty of bad movies because of their badness, so I don't begrudge the significant number of people who love "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane" for the same reason. I only watched it to prepare to see the TV series "Feud: Bette And Joan", but the truth is that I could have shut off this movie at any time and not feel like I missed a thing. It was actually quite depressing to see Davis and Crawford in…