• Gacy

    Gacy

    ★½

    "I am doing something against the smell." - "It's 3.15 a.m." - "Smell don't sleep."

    Even for a TV movie it is boring. At least you get some nice close-ups of maggots and cockroaches. I am not sure if Mark Holton played that as a comedy.

  • Death Wish V: The Face of Death

    Death Wish V: The Face of Death

    ★★

    ”Guns have their uses. Idiots with guns make me nervous.”

    Run of the mill action movie that lacks all the nitty gritty style and motivation of the first two installments and looks like your average DTV production to cash in on the still resounding name of Mr Bronson.

  • Cross of Iron

    Cross of Iron

    ★★★★

    ”What do we do when we lose the war?” – “Prepare for the next one.”

    The title sequence is great, telling the rise and downfall of the Reich in just a few minutes. The German folk song Hänschen Klein adds a distinct tone.

    ”I will show you where the Iron Crosses grow.”>/b>

    I am still torn if the Peckinpah special visual style (slow-mos) benefits the movie and storytelling or is to its detriment. I lean towards the first as it…

  • Insidious

    Insidious

    ★★★½

    ”To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

    As if the falling apart of a family due to personal disasters is not enough, what if you live in a haunted house? James Wan knows his business of how to scare viewers.

    ”If they hear me, they’ll hurt me.”

  • Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

    Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

    ★★½

    ”This thing is like a sickness. We have to stop it from spreading.”

    Feels like a prequel story with no Stephen King input at all. Well, is. It goes through the necessary motions of a horror film, but in the end, does not have surprises (and jump scares don’t count as surprise).

  • WarGames

    WarGames

    ★★★★

    ”What is the primary goal?” – “To win the game.”

    Oh those innocent times when hacking was not a global criminal business but kids from their Commodore 64 were just looking for some games code-break. Ignore the occasional accidental start of a nuclear war.

    ”Remember you told me to tell you when you were acting rudely and insensitively? You’re doing it now.”

    John Badham’s WarGames and Blue Thunder are two of my favorite 1980s movies, in my then peak cinema…

  • The Last Starfighter

    The Last Starfighter

    ★★★★

    ”You’ll get your chance. Important thing is, when it comes, you got to grab it with both hands and hold on tight.”

    Why can’t I become a big space fighter hero by watching movies? Bugger…

    Gosh, I love the main title score piece. The CGI was top at the time of publication, but today, it looks, well, like something from the 1980s. Still, it does not diminish its childish charme.

  • Christiane F.

    Christiane F.

    ★★★½

    ”Didn’t it hurt?” – “Yes. But I was bored.”

    What a way to start off a Sunday with a depressing drug drama. I must be out of my mind….
    Watching this, I appreciate that I had an innocent protected youth and never even came near to getting on the down slope. Thanks Mom.

    The film is great but too disturbing and realistic for me to “enjoy”.

  • Ironmaster

    Ironmaster

    ★½

    ”Many thousands of years ago, a tribe of human beings discovered a terrifying weapon and learned to wage war.”

    Plastic mammoths and a toy volcano like from a school science fair, men in terrible plastic ape costumes, mammoths, lions, boars buffalos all thrown together– welcome to the rip-off view of the dawn of mankind… Enjoy the light-mood elevator music-like score of the de Angelis brothers accompanying this (Iron-)master work.

    Somehow I do not succumb to the “so bad it’s good” vibes… It’s simply bad.

  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★

    ”You can’t stay 17 forever.”

    Some people forget, with all the merchandise and technical overwhelming of the Star Wars franchise, that George Lucas really knows how to write and make a film.

    See all the rising stars here. It’s like looking into the past. Well, it is looking into the past…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    ★★★★½

    ”He’s a real searcher.” – “What’s he searching for?” – “The ride. The ultimate ride.”

    In the action genre, there are the great ones like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and this, and then long time nothing. Plus the great chemistry between the main actors. I think this tells the good ones apart from the rest.

    Wonderful photography – the ocean is a fascinating entity of its own. The pursuit on foot through the suburbs – legendary.

    A wild ride. That compensates all the weaknesses it may have.

    ”We are gonna ride this all the way, Johnny. You and me.”

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★★

    ”You don’t think they’re gonna find them, do you?” – “Not how they want to.”

    That is a dark movie.