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  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★★½

    Man I can just keep watching this movie. It's Dominik's always-excellent direction, cinematography, cast - I just like watching Dominik work. The heroin scene is my favorite heroin scene in a film. The card game robbery, the slo-mo shooting, Pitt & Gandolfini. Mendelsohn nails utterly disgusting trash, Scoot McNairy (had to look up that spelling) is really outstanding and should be spoken of more, I quote his hammy New England drawl all the time. "It's stoopid it's FAHKIN STOOPID."

  • Last Shift

    Last Shift

    ½

    Giving my honest opinion about movies like this is just too mean.

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★

    1986: Clive Barker publishes "The Hellbound Heart", adapts it into Hellraiser following year. Stuart Gordon also releases From Beyond, adapted liberally from Lovecraft short story from 60 years prior. Both stories are about lusty, bored individuals who open portals to other dimensions to satiate their hunger for intense physical experiences, and power (seems almost secondary). It's certainly possible that these two projects existed without any knowledge of the other.

    Props to Gordon for the inspired utilization of Jeffrey Combs, and…

  • The Kindred

    The Kindred

    ★★★

    Oh man, what a treat. Amazed at the capacity of these characters to stay alive.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    Couldn’t stop thinking about how the Department of Defense (and god knows who else employed by the military-industrial complex) works intimately with major film productions to ensure authenticity.

    On the CIA’s Entertainment Industry Liason page, they kindly offer aspiring screenwriters subjects to explore: www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/public-affairs/entertainment-industry-liaison

    Would you like to know more?

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★

    Everybody should watch this.  Probably just so we can talk about how great it is.  I wonder if Fincher can top it?  I also wonder if he’ll ever make a comedy [that isn’t impossibly dry].

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★½

    Jerry is a scumbag. He's been faking it for his entire life and it's not working anymore. Every scene he's in involves him trying to get away with something, usually scamming somebody who trusts him - "This is my deal here", as opposed to his father-in-law's "show". Wonder if we're meant to compare him to Carl, the other man who's so much "all talk" you can't help but shoot him in his big mouth.

    If my there's ever been any question that all the Coen Brothers do is make comedies, this film puts it to bed - bear in mind, it comes between Hudsucker and Lebowski.

  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    ★★½

    I love "Lot 249", but it's such a pity the episodes get progressively weaker. Why don't people just make everything great?

  • Out of Time

    Out of Time

    ★★★

    Very Hal Hartley.

  • Smiley's People

    Smiley's People

    ★★★

    "You do not buy photographs from Otto Leipzig. You don't buy Degas from Signor Benatti."

  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★½

    Oh and for fun I recommend looping up the main theme of “The Long Good Friday” to the end of this film leading to the freeze frame.  Perfect fit!

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★½

    I think this should've been animated. Or is it already?