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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)

Dark, cynical, and prescient. A great companion piece to "A Face in the Crowd" or "The Sweet Smell of Success".

Phantom of the Paradise

Faust, Dorian Gray,Phantom of the Opera + Paul Williams and Brian DePalma at their peaks = %100 entertainment.

Tim's Vermeer

Remarkable film; remarkable man.

Easy Riders---Raging Bulls

A neutered, less salacious and more self-congratulatory version of the book but still enjoyable.

$ (Dollars) (The Heist)

Criminally underrated and largely unseen film from 1971. One of the best "heist" films ever made. Great score by Quincy Jones too.

Cabaret
Cabaret(1972)

Thought I'd give this a chance because Bob Fosse directed and it won several awards but turned it off half-way through.

Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs(1971)

Peckinpah at his best. Even Susan George (who is usually just eye candy) is great. Highly recommended.

The Queen of Versailles

Well made, judgment-free documentary (which is remarkable considering the subject matter).

Paul Williams Still Alive
½

Great subject almost eclipsed by annoying director. Still worth watching for Paul Williams, especially the archive clips from 70's tv and film.

Dillinger
Dillinger(1973)
½

Some great acting but a mediocre film. Milius is a much better writer than director.

The Dark Knight Rises

I know I'm in the minority on this one but I thought it was actually pretty bad. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a superhero movie but there were too many preposterous plot turns for the film to be enjoyed. It was like an episode of "24", starring Batman.

The Man with the Golden Gun
½

Definitely one of the lesser Bond films but still enjoyable. Not sure why it gets so much hate. Possibly the worst of the John Barry themes in the series.

Live and Let Die

I only came around to this one recently. Bond blaxploitation was a stroke of genius. A lot of inanity but still entertaining.

Diamonds Are Forever

Another campy Bond, but great entertainment.

You Only Live Twice

Sure, it's campy. But the Ken Adam sets and sheer spectacle of the finale make it one of my favorites of the series. Great John Barry score and screenplay by Roald Dahl, of all people.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

I do not understand the love for this film. Sure, it looks good; and I am a sucker for visuals. But it's pretentious and boring. Thought a 2nd look might change my opinion. It didn't.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)

The more one thinks about it, the story is ridiculous and it really shouldn't have worked as a film. But Donner is a skilled director and kept the tone and pace just right.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

If John Waters made a horror movie I think it would look like this. It's brutal, but relatively bloodless. Exceedingly surreal.

Damsels in Distress

Strange, watchable, but ultimately disappointing. I have no idea what Whit Stillman was going for here.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
½

Amazing visuals and direction (Edgar Wright is one of the best young filmmakers working today) but source material just not that interesting.

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
½

Much better than its reputation suggests.

Jaws
Jaws(1975)

The new blu-ray transfer looks amazing. The original "blockbuster" and well deserving of its accolades. Probably Spielberg's best film.

The Long Goodbye

Is Robert Altman the most overrated American director.?

The Master
The Master(2012)
½

Outstanding acting in service of a meandering, ultimately unsatisfying script.

Juan of the Dead
½

A bit disappointing but it's remarkable that the film makers were able to film this on location in Havana. Not great, but worth a look if you like zombie movies.

Jaws 2
Jaws 2(1978)

Works better as a comedy.

Supervixens
Supervixens(1975)

Late period Russ Meyer; absolutely insane and shameless. High trash.

Alien
Alien(1979)

Aside from the fact that it's basically "Jaws in Space", it's exceptionally original (and not just for the genre) and among the best suspense films ever made.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

Inferior to the original in every way. James Cameron is a hack.

Hugo
Hugo(2011)

Nice to look at but deadly boring.

Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport

Interesting question: I'm sure all the samples (audio and video) used in this film were never cleared. If the film was strictly not-for-profit I could see a "fair use" argument holding up. But the film is for sale on their website and on iTunes and Even with the imprimatur of PBS involvement, how is this legal? Whatever the case, I really enjoyed it.

Charley Varrick
½

Criminally obscure and underrated. Finally got to see it in its proper aspect ratio.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)
½

I challenge anyone to name a film with more lens flares per minute (excluding more recent films with bullshit cgi lens flares)

Halloween III - Season of the Witch

Yes, it's a bad movie; but not without it's pleasures

Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon(1975)

A bit overlong and slow at times but easily one of the best looking and technically impressive films ever made. Ken Adam's production design is perfect.

Carrie
Carrie(1976)

DePalma at his best and Sissy Spacek nails the character of Carrie. The prom scene is perfectly constructed and ranks among the best horror / suspense moments in movie history.

Full Metal Jacket

Definitely one of Kubrick's lesser efforts. The first half with R. Lee Ermey is excellent but the latter half is a mess: terrible acting, editing, and a meandering, boring plot. Hard to believe Kubrick, a renowned perfectionist, was responsible for it.

The Beaver
The Beaver(2011)
½

This is not - as one might reasonably expect from a film about a man who communicates through a beaver hand puppet - a dark comedy. Nearly reaches "Requiem for a Dream" level of bleakness.

Super
Super(2011)

Skip it and watch Kick-Ass instead.

Risky Business

I forgot what a well written, acted, and directed film this is. Amazing that director Paul Brickman hasn't done much else. Great Tangerine Dream score as well.

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

Good documentary on movie editing but, ironically enough, would have been better if it had been more tightly edited. About 20 minutes too long.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)
½

Well made but ultimately shallow and boring.

Freakonomics
Freakonomics(2010)

Good book, poor movie.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

Crap. Total rip of DePalma when he made good films (70's -early 80's), minus the wit.

Machete
Machete(2010)

Really disappointing. Not only did it get unnecessarily political, it was exceedingly stupid (not necessarily bad for the genre) and ultimately boring.