Travis Vogt

Writer, comedian, regular job haver, former Scarecrow employee, comma user

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  • Enemy Territory

    Enemy Territory

    ★★★½

    Urban terror Carpenter riff that’s somewhere in that glorious netherworld between fun bad and actually good. On the one hand you have Tony Todd, having the hammy time of his life as “The Count,” the leader of The Vampires, a cartoonish street gang that rules over a tenement building of otherwise nice people. On the other hand, you have Jan Michael Vincent, visibly drunk, slurring and squinting as a paranoid paraplegic ’Nam vet. It’s kind of a reverse Dredd, as…

  • The Challenge

    The Challenge

    ★★★½

    Scott Glenn is an American boxer who is hired to transport a sacred sword to Japan and ends up getting brought into the fold of Toshiro Mifune’s honorable ninja/samurai clan. That premise plus the fact that Frankenheimer directed are enough for me, its a Black Rain style “American slob learns to be less of a dick from the Japanese” thing. I love that, even though this does get pretty slow at times. But none of that matters because the final…

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  • The Simpsons Movie

    The Simpsons Movie

    ★½

    I don’t mean to second guess the writers and producers, but it was possibly a misguided choice to make this movie not funny. As a person who has enjoyed the popular television show on which this film is based, I would say that one of the main aspects of it is that it is funny. In it’s prime, I would even suggest it was the funniest show of all time. Relentlessly funny, just a feverishly paced onslaught of brilliant jokes…

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★★½

    This might be the quintessential Bond movie because it’s got the most creepy dated stuff AND the most genuinely awesome geeky spy nonsense. On the one hand you have Bond being made Japanese, and various other forehead-slapping bs having to do with the locale. On the other hand, VOLCANO LAIR. My god that volcano lair is an absolute triumph of set design, modeling and FX, one of the coolest settings in movie history. It’s got those stupid trams and the…