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  • Death Is a Woman

    Death Is a Woman

    ★★

    Some good furniture, and I can't help but love a locked room mystery. But the characters in this messy island romp are so badly drawn and lacking perceptible motivations that I really couldn't find a foothold...just slogged along with it until its extremely predictable ending.

    Network DVD.

  • Sleeping Dogs Lie

    Sleeping Dogs Lie

    ★★★★★

    The greatest one-joke movie ever made. Bobcat Goldthwait is a titan.

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Anytime, anywhere. For my money, Spielberg made 5 perfect films, and this one is at the top. Not a wasted shot, pitch perfect casting, pitch perfect dialogue. No sentimental hokum, and a Mamet ending.

    I find when talking to others that the legacy of this film (in terms of "inventing the summer blockbuster," "shark movie," etc.) tends to overshadow what a finely crafted thriller it, so much so that it I think it might be called one of the few "creature" films of the 1970s with an auteur stamp.

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece.

    As much as in her legendary performance in FAT CITY, Susan Tyrell takes this completely insane horror hayride to the next level. It would have been a fine movie without her, more than likely, but she gives it life.

    I have asked three cinephile friends for their theories on the the family history here, and have gotten three different answers.

    Code Red blu-ray.