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  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    You know I wasn't expecting much with this movie. I knew it was going to be a dumb action film. And it is. But I didn't know it was also going to be a bad action film. And it's not bad because it's dumb. It's just bad because it's bad.

    I don't know who wrote the script for this film, but whoever they are they have zero talent. It's cliched to all hell, and the characters are cardboard, but the…

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ★★★½

    Wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Thankfully it was pretty good.

    Start was a bit boring and had trouble getting through the first 20 - 30 minutes. After that, the characters have had time to show themselves and win you over.

    Cast was outstanding. Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo, James Spader and Andie McDowell. A bit like a play adapted for the screen where all the characters share scenes with one another individually. Actually that - and given the subject matter - this film reminded me a lot of Closer.

    Pretty well written and conceived. Interesting film.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    Phantom Thread. I'm not one for period romances, but I guess there's plenty that have been done right. I can't think of any good ones for some reason, but I'm sure there are ones out there without sappiness or pretentiousness and that are actually powerful. For a great time during Phantom Thread, I thought we might be headed in that direction.

    I'd have to say maybe 85 percent of the film works just right. Small number of characters that are…

  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Wow, that was unexpected.

    Day of the Dead is the very reason I watch films. This is what I'm searching for, exactly. It's so rare to find a new classic film. But I've found one today.

    It's the best zombie movie. The upgrade from Dawn of the Dead is about as big as Dawn's upgrade from Night of the Living Dead. The special FX are actually good in this film. It's gory as hell, one of the most violent films…