• Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    For my money, PTA’s 1997 breakout hit stands as one of cinema’s most groovy, full-throttle, character-driven confections. A mini-epic. It takes you on a joy ride at 90mph through a world that you probably know little about, introducing you to characters along the way that come and go, as the camera weaves an entire symphony around them. Anderson wore his influences on his sleeve, but it never distracts from or dulls the picture. He added his own flavor to the…

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    As political-satire, I’d say it’s intentions are a bit muddled and maybe it’s ideas aren’t as sharp as they should have been, but as a genre-action-thriller, it had enough fast-paced twists, turns and dark humor to keep up the momentum throughout. The big takeaway here is the badass performance from Betty Gilpin. This was my second viewing and I still enjoyed myself.

  • Becky

    Becky

    ★★★

    In the early days of Covid-19, we got this nasty little home-invasion genre jam with a fearless performance from Lulu Wilson and a surprisingly intense dramatic turn from Kevin James as a malevolent neo-Nazi. It’s a swift, satisfying, and suspenseful action-thriller with effective performances and some pretty brutal bloodshed.

  • The Gift

    The Gift

    ★★★½

    Second time around. A slow-burning psychological-thriller that quietly peels back it’s motives as it inches along. The three lead performances are just perfect. Edgerton’s directorial feature debut is a consistently creepy, well-crafted chess game of morals that gets under your skin and into your head.

  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★½

    Second viewing. I have SUCH a stronger appreciation for this one now. So, SO much gooey, goopy fun. It absolutely deserves to stand alongside the other 80’s remakes of 50’s drive-in/ B-movies, THE THING and THE FLY. After watching it for the first time in 2021, I knew I had to have it on VHS. This just makes me long for those early days of practical effects. If you haven’t seen this one, or have been putting it off, I highly recommend checking it out as soon as possible.

  • Cool World

    Cool World

    ★★½

    I’m playing some catch-up on some stuff I watched at the beginning of the year that I had some notes on that were kind of sitting in limbo. So, COOL WORLD. This is one I vividly remember seeing sitting on the video store shelf way back in the day and time and time again continued to pass up, but was always intrigued by. As the years went on, as I developed a taste for box-office flops, bad movies, etc., I…

  • Frailty

    Frailty

    ★★★½

    Inexplicably and unintentionally watched the day before Bill Paxton’s birthday. I hadn’t seen this in a while, but it holds up. I still think this is an underrated little horror gem that doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s lean, it’s twisty and it’s thought-provoking. Paxton and McConaughey turned in some effective, chilling performances. Paxton also proved here that he was no slouch as a feature-film director. This is one I can never recommend enough to friends or horror fans.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    I am not the guy you want to talk Bond with. As of this moment, there are still TWELVE official Bond movies I have yet to see. I respect the series, but I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a fan. It just isn’t my thing. I don’t jump to a Bond movie for comfort. I don’t rush out and see the new ones. I have no real nostalgic connection to them (except maybe THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH). So, if this…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★½

    I mean, I don’t think this really had much to live up to in terms of the 1984 film, or the 2002 miniseries sequel. I don’t mind the ‘84 adaptation. It’s cheesy-fun and I’m a bit nostalgic for it. I mostly remember it for it it’s killer Tangerine Dream soundtrack. I don’t know, I thought this was pretty watchable. It’s got some slick-looking Blumhouse production behind it. I thought Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong both did a decent job. It…

  • Slam Dunk Ernest

    Slam Dunk Ernest

    ★★

    I didn’t grow up watching Ernest movies. I definitely caught chunks of SAVES CHRISTMAS and SCARED STUPID as a kid, and I obviously knew the character had a LONG list of adventures thanks to the video store. I’m watching more Ernest movies now in my adult life then I did as a kid and you know what, the character has kind of grown on me a little. The movies ain’t great, but I actually find Jim Varney’s dim-witted, rubber-faced redneck…

  • Shocker

    Shocker

    ★★½

    This was actually moving along pretty well, like I thought the first half was stronger than expected…Then Wes pulled the rug out from under me. Everything after Pinker’s execution is on some silly, FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE comic-cartoon shit. Like it got goofy. The body hopping? That running through TV channels scene? There were some CHOICES here. I still enjoyed it though. I would definitely watch it again and I think it might even get better the second time around. Big rock/horror soundtrack. I liked it. I definitely would have had this cassette tape back in the day.

  • Village of the Damned

    Village of the Damned

    ★★★

    If you adore Carpenter as much I do, you’ll agree that this obviously isn’t him at his peak, but it’s still watchable. It almost feels like the last dying breath of an era for horror. Like here’s Carpenter kind of doing a throwback, remaking this old sci-fi/horror flick from 1960 in the mid-90’s and while it’s satisfying enough for genre fans, it wasn’t exactly anything fresh or new. A year later, in 1996, Wes Craven would completely shake up and pump some much needed new life into horror with SCREAM. Thinking about this one and SCREAM coming out a year apart is wild to me.