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  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall


    Potentially this year's God's of Egypt or The Last Witch Hunter; a big, goofy, singular vision with some major flaws, but aw heck if it isn't a lot of fun when it's hitting the high notes. And those bungee jumping air balet warriors... Amazing.

  • Three O'Clock High

    Three O'Clock High


    Had to follow-up After Hours with Three O'Clock High; always held this one in very high regard in my mind, though even when I was younger the ending landed in a weird place for me - especially with the way that Jerry Mitchell leaves the best-friend character in the final moments of the film.

    Though I still really dig the movie, it's more from an aesthetic point of view these days, as it still stands up as one of the…

  • After Hours

    After Hours


    "A man was torn limb from limb by an irate mob last night in the fashionable Soho area of Manhattan; police are having difficulty identifying the man, because no form of I.D. was found on his shredded clothing, and his entire face was pummeled completely beyond recognition."

  • Harry and the Hendersons

    Harry and the Hendersons


    Why not revisit Harry & The Hendersons for the first time since I was 10 or so on Valentine's Day?

    Had a lot of worry this would be better off left in the past, but was a nice surprise that Harry holds up as a great character as well as a wonderfully designed practical effect.

    The movie itself, is very Amblin with a nice pinch of Dante-esque live-action cartoon vibes; the extended scene at the house has some downright hilarious comedic…

  • Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

    Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special


    Damn funny; all the sketches get laughs and the musical performances are all great (and also hilarious). So happy this is a thing that exists - Netflix, more of these kind of one-offs please!

  • It Happened One Valentine's

    It Happened One Valentine's


    Punishment movie viewed for See You Next Wednesday.

    There's almost nothing to be said here; if these characters were younger, it'd basically be an episode of 90210 - with newspaper articles, love triangles, pressures to do the right thing, friendships lost and recaptured et al - filmed at about the level of an episode of The O.C, with a few weak pop song performances thrown in for good measure.

    It looks fine, doesn't try to be too funny (or too…

  • Bad Influence

    Bad Influence


    Yuppies-in-peril thriller with Rob Lowe psychologically terrorizing James Spader; thoroughly entertaining.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water


    Solid all-around.

  • Valentine



    Valentine is so blah it barely exists; low violence, low charisma, low suspense, low entertainment - about the only thing worthwhile here is the silly dialogue and overly cliche plotting, but even that is all so down-the-middle it fails. Even the fun reveal at the end is super telegraphed.

    I had oddly high hopes for this, hoping to find a trashy 00s slasher gem but unfortunately it's really not that at all.

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen


  • Mystery Date

    Mystery Date


    Teenaged peeping tom and garbage-thief Ethan Hawke is Rear Windowing Teri Polo when his brother intervenes, pretending to be him on the phone to score a date. Brother Hawke gives him a complete make over, and before you know it everyone has Ethan confused with his slimeball, potentially dangerous (?) brother.

    This one sits with movies like Out of Bounds, where the main character is ostensibly having a whacky wild mistaken identity night, but also casually murders people along the…

  • Special Effects

    Special Effects


    Larry Cohen's Special Effects takes satirical aim at the exploitation film industry through the staging of a true-crime thriller that happens to be directed by the perpetrator of the crime himself.

    Eric Bogosian - in his first feature-length role - plays the comeback-hungry maniac himself, having filmed and murdered Zoë Lund (Ms. 45) in the opening scenes before casting (with intent to frame) her real-life husband in his film and hiring the NYPD's investigator off the case for continuity.