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  • White Lightning

    White Lightning

    ★★★★

    I'm a Burt Reynolds novice. I was coming into this with the dopey but likable Smokey and the Bandit as my beacon for his oeuvre. The very last thing I expected from White Lighting was an authentic depiction of the American South. There's nothing goofy or exploitative about this Arkansas crime story. It's harsh, uncompromising, and fully sincere about everything that makes the South awful and great. There's a liberal influx throughout the movie that's driving the old guard up…

  • This Is the Army

    This Is the Army

    ★★½

    "And you guys were worried about a minstrel number being too old fashioned!"

    A bunch of Army men put on a giant show. The black face number comes just a few minutes before an actually black cast has their own song and dance piece (featuring Joe Louis) that is easily the highlight of the movie. Goddammit.

    Ickiness aside, this is pretty boring. The spectacle of each set piece wears off quickly. There's some half decent comedy hijinks, lots of drag,…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This is the most convincing descent into Hell I've ever witnessed. Yes, I'm only just now getting to it. What's even more embarassing is that I saw the remake and the prequel to the remake in theaters when I was in high school. My ex-girlfriend loved horror so that's where I would take her to make out and half watch the gory whatever going on. So I was exposed enough to the story that I felt prepared for this. I…

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★★

    HOOPTOBER 5.0 - #9

    Towards the middle of the movie, TV personality and former film star Peter Vincent arrives in Charley's neighborhood to half-seriously investigate this whole "vampire next door" thing. He asks, "Which house is it?" Charley points. It's a decrepit, imposing two-story structure wrapped in a dry ice fog. All that's missing is a wolf howl sound cue. It's an image that you'd find in any one of Peter Vincent's films, and his response is, "Ah. Of course."…