• Pooka!

    Pooka!

    ★★★

    A struggling actor at Christmas is cast to play Pooka!, a bug-eyed furry character with a giant red mouth. He puts on the costume and his persona changes.

    Catchy toy jingle, "You never know what Pooka will do!"

    Look at the box art as you're reading this. Pooka's design is downright bone-chilling. Those giant headlight eyes, the frozen in time red mouth. Those eyes literally are headlights and while this might sound corny, it's spooky. And then the odd fuzzy…

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★½

    A for the moment subdued Nicolas Cage -- but we know he's going to go off at some point, characteristically -- is living in the sticks with his family. All domesticated, with his alpacas in the barn and suddenly this fuschia colored meteor strikes the ground outside their house. It's an H.P Lovecraft meteor, thankfully for horror fans, and the weirdness begins.

    This is my kind of cosmic horror flick. It's quiet and yet screaming in subtext. It gets progressively…

  • The Fan

    The Fan

    ★★½

    Gil Renard (Robert DeNiro) is a huge fan of baseball San Francisco Giants and a struggling knife salesman. When Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes) signs to the team as center fielder for $40 million, Gil is excited for the team. Meanwhile, his sales numbers are lagging and they fire him. He's also on the out with his ex-wife and she gets a temporary restraining order, limiting Gil's access to his young son. All Gil has to retreat to is his intense…

  • The Broken Hearts Gallery

    The Broken Hearts Gallery

    ★★★½

    Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is an emotional hoarder, hanging onto random crap that reminds her of her past relationship partners. At a cash-strapped guy's dream hotel remodel, she starts a gallery of keepsakes from past relationships as a form of healing and moving on and learns to look at love from a fresh angle.

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    The writing is crisp and the characters are drawn well. There are some…

  • Infinity Chamber

    Infinity Chamber

    ★★

    A man wakes up with amnesia inside a cubicle with a computer named Howard taking care of his survival and needs. In the beginning he feels that his condition is being protected but soon reverts to feeling imprisoned.

    Christopher Soren Kelly plays Frank and the somber, robotic voice of Howard is Jesse D. Arrow. The story has an interesting premise for a short story inside an anthology, but feels padded for a feature length movie. At 103 minutes, it's not…

  • Unpregnant

    Unpregnant

    ★★½

    A girl finds out she's pregnant then enlists her girlfriend to cross state lines to seek an abortion.

    The dialogue is the strongest part of this Thelma & Louise style film, but doesn't have the action and excitement of that (nor the star power of Geena Davis). The actresses seem nice enough, but I never really liked either character enough to care about the journey. Think this was miscast. Better actresses could have made this more interesting.

    And the journey was…

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★

    Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock face off in the future against a homicidal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). Stallone is the cop who took him down, but was also frozen in a framed setup. He's unfrozen by the future police and teamed up with ambitious officer Leonia Huxley (Bullock). Phoenix goes off in the cryofacility and creates three code 187's. For the record: 187 = MDK = "Murder Death Kill"

    There are many strange futureisms like the police being all happy…

  • Down

    Down

    ★★½

    Wanted to watch a horror movie for the #666th review on Letterboxd, so here we are one of the Blumhouse Into The Dark series on Hulu of 24 films, each fitting a holiday. This one: Valentine's Day.

    It's not at all a normal love story.

    Two people at work, Guy (Matt Lauria) & Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) are going down in an elevator late in the afternoon when suddenly the elevator stops. They start by exchanging pleasantries as they nervously pass the…

  • Sands of Iwo Jima

    Sands of Iwo Jima

    ★★★½

    John Wayne's iconic low voice as he plays Stryker, the marine leader training and then guiding his team into the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

    An award winning film from 1949. The war scenes are still decent for a black and white film some 80+ years later. Tanks rolling across smoky war-torn skies, soldiers hunkered down in bunkers, weapons in hand and John freaking Wayne, what else could a movie lover want?

    Will admit I'm not hugely…

  • Love, Guaranteed

    Love, Guaranteed

    ★★½

    Rachel Leigh Cook is a lawyer fighting for a new client with a lawsuit against a dating website that guarantees love, if you've gone on 1,000 dates without success. He has done just that and wants to collect.

    While the setup is promising, the middle and payoff are too predictable. Also, I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between the leads. I also had to question that anybody could go on 1,000 dates and not find anybody compatible. Just the…

  • The Wedding Singer

    The Wedding Singer

    ★★★★

    Adam Sandler plays Robbie Hart, the perfect romcom comedy role considering his musical talents, Robbie is a wedding singer down on love when his fiance leaves him at the altar. Julia (Drew Barrymore) is also struggling to get her fiance to go through with the wedding, but when he finally does, she wants Robbie to help her with the planning.

    The chemistry between Barrymore and Sandler is undeniable. There are some funny Sandler songs and his singing is spot on.…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Spy thriller with sci-fi elements. The Protagonist's mission is to thwart a reverse time travel technology from the hands of an abusive arms dealer. The Protagonist protects the wife of the arms dealer through various means.

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    Christopher Nolan wrote and directed this technical marvel, and it’s a real spectacle. Bonus points for Nolan shooting surreal scenes of twisting time and space. Literally people, cars, boats moving backwards…