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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Dawn of the Dead

Absolutely hated this remake, probably because I adore the original so much. Hollywood is still hell-bent on "remaking" good classic films. What did we do to deserve this punishment?

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

This film struck me as damn charming and damn realistic. The whole town is incredible, Bale's character is funny as balls, and the family reminds me a lot of the big, manipulative families I've grown up with. Nobody's family is normal, and at least this one looked like it came out of real life - no gloss or sugar coating. No model physiques or people looking way too good for the role they're playing. The term "boxing drama" paints this film in a far too bland and boring hue. It's a unique glimpse into the lives of how townies actually behave, haha. My town has it's own junkie, even - and looks/acts/sounds just like Bale's character.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Mickey Rourke is amazing, and this film strikes me on an even more personal level since it seems like it could be about the dude who works at the grocery store down the street. Working class NJ is beautiful in its dank decay. The characters are raw and realistic. "The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me." I can't like this film enough.

Sanctum
Sanctum(2011)
½

I loved the atmosphere and visuals - and not to give anything away, but if you're annoyed with the characters - just wait and see what happens to them.

Horrible Bosses

I first wanted to see this just because Charlie Day is in it, but then as it got started, I realized how much I wanted him to be Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny... and he isn't. Jason Bateman is only mildly funny (as usual), and Sudeikis I'm not as familiar with. Kevin Spacey takes the cake with a few utterly hilarious scenes, but otherwise I'd wait to see this on a rainy day when it will surely be in rotation on the premium cable movie channels.

Johnny English Reborn
½

Rowan Atkinson is one of my favorite comics, so I'm a bit partial to the Johnny English films. I hope to see more of him on the big and/or small screen in the near future. I fondly miss the days of Blackadder and Bean.

Star Trek Generations

I agree this one starts off great and slightly goes downhill after that, but those who enjoy this film will remember how exciting it was for the bridge between TOS and TNG to finally be completed... even if it didn't go over quite the way you expected it. It was awesome seeing the TNG cast on the big screen for the first time, and luckily their subsequent films would be more enjoyable. As far as the "adieu" for Kirk, yeah... not the biggest fan myself. I think Priceline now owns the right to Shatner's very soul, too.

Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country

They really shaped things up after V, and this ended up being a timeless classic to me. Although rather dated now, the early CGI effects somewhat dazzled me at the time. As a grand exit for the original crew, this was about as pleasing a film as I could imagine. A plot that reflected the politics of the time, the humor which TOS cast always exuded which kept things from getting too serious, and a bridge between the TOS and TNG universes. Enjoy it, because they don't make them like Jim, Bones, and Spock anymore.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

It gets some points for being purely weird in some respects, but pretty much fails on most levels. This film really brought the "odd number" curse out in the open. The effects, which a few key scenes depend on, look over a decade out of date. There are a few memorable and funny moments, but overall you might as well just skip this one.

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

This is my personal favorite Star Trek film, and one of my favorite films in general. Love Star Trek? Check. Think whales are awesome? Check. Think the mid-80s are hilarious? Check. Seeing the crew interact with contemporary (and at this point a mid-80s time capsule of) society brings about an incessant undertone of comedy to a fun adventure. Also Scotty's most memorable line. =)

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
½

Ah, and so the apparent "curse" of the odd numbered ST films begins to truly come out. This is required viewing for anyone who watches Star Trek II, but be warned that it isn't as fun. High points are Spock not being dead and Christopher Lloyd, who I personally think makes every role he plays a little magical.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

It seems someone out there learned from all the mistakes of the first Trek film, and went back to the core of what made Trek magical.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
½

With this film, I am oddly torn between actually really enjoying the dated cinematography and effects, and of course I adore the original series cast, but you can tell something is very off. The plot, at least in theory, is a pretty solid concept too... but delivered in a fashion not conducive to what I'd expect from a Trek episode or film. Somewhere they forgot to remember that Star Trek: TOS was a hell of a lot of fun. This film isn't.

Fanboys
Fanboys(2008)
½

Drags on a bit at first, but was a pretty sweet comedy overall. All the various Cameos made it for me, and I though the characters were classic and for a fellow geek like me, it delivered the perfect laughs. Perfect ending line, too. As for all the critics who seemed to poo-poo all over this, it's just another reason why I tend to ignore the peanut gallery here on RT.

Airheads
Airheads(1994)
½

Such a great spoof, I don't see how you can not like this film. Hilarious characters, and at this point a pure mid-90s time capsule. If you're looking for serious cinematic flair in this, you're a motherf***in' square. I loved the critic who complained of no "real threat..." it's a comedy, numbnuts. Lemmy's cameo is perhaps the best ever, too. Perhaps.

The X-Files - Fight the Future

I remember seeing this movie when it came out, and TXF was perhaps my favorite television show besides the Simpsons, which happened to be on right before it. If I were to rate this as my younger self then, it would probably get 100%. Having re-watched it more recently through the more cynical eyes of an adult, it doesn't quite live up to how I remember it. In retrospect, things like discussing the film on the bus to my final year of summer camp with friends while we drove from the city into rural farmland made the movie more magical than it actually was. It came at a time when I was growing up, and filled our heads with exciting notions of aliens buried beneath cornfields and playgrounds. It is then I realized that it was the nostalgia surrounding that I loved, and not so much the film itself. Still a solid film, especially if you're a fan of the series, of course.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
½

I never quite understood all the hate this film got. Okay, so it doesn't follow the core mythology of the series - which threw me off slightly as well, but as a standalone "double episode," I found it to be quite pleasing. Not to give much away, but the antagonists in the film (although I catch myself wanting to say episode) seem to have been inspired by old (and genuinely creepy) Soviet films like "Experiments in the Revival of Organisms" - which will make your blood run cold. It's public domain, and the full film is featured on the Wikipedia page. Now I dig the classic alien mythology of TXF as much as anyone, but this didn't disappoint either. Apparently there might be a third film in the works - now if that is the case, I would enjoy a return to more familiar TXF canon.

2012
2012(2009)
½

First off, I approach this (and most films) on the basis of how much they entertain me. Nowhere, to my knowledge, did this claim to stick to empirical data or anything like that. This is Hollywood eye candy with a lot of thrills, and I really dug seeing that lovely behemoth of an Antonov (the Russian cargo plane) on the big screen. I love how this genre was prevalent back in the eighties, although then it was always nuclear holocaust that was flavor the of week. To sum this movie up in two words, "Everything explodes." If you're looking for an intellectual piece, this is not it. This film is pure "Independence Day" and I hope soon we get an "end of the world" flick that is more "Close Encounters." Still fun, though.

Apollo 18
Apollo 18(2011)

I dig the concept completely, although the "aliens" were a bit cheesy. I personally find the Apollo missions to be swamped in a sea of spookiness, and although this was just a quick thriller, it's fun seeing the concept of "moon mysteries" coming to the big screen. Not a film that will please the critics or people obsessed with comparing it to "Blair Witch." ("The Last Broadcast" did that whole schtick first, anyway.) I certainly enjoyed it enough.

Léon: The Professional

Flawless film. No "Mickey Mouse bulls**t" here.

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
½

Awesome film, awesome soundtrack. Reminded me of "Léon" every now and then - but is a wholly pure and original concept as far as I'm concerned.

The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker rules. This movie rules, even if it is a 123 minute trudge through the blood-stained trenches of human misery.

Brooklyn Lobster
½

Totally worth it for Danny Aiello's performance alone.

Brooklyn Bound
½

This film takes a great cast and builds a suspenseful story, then kind of goes nowhere with it. The main highlight was seeing some familiar faces from the series "Oz."

Clockers
Clockers(1995)
½

You know you're gettin' old when you hear the ear-pleasing golden age hip-hop from these 90s gems and get lost in a sea of nostalgia. Everything about this film is damn perfect, especially that scene with the train. The amount of classic one-liners in this joint are non-stop, as well.

Do the Right Thing

If you don't absolutely love this film, I don't like you.

The Adjustment Bureau
½

Fate and the choices we make in life are concepts that boggle my mind, and this film decides to have a little fun with them. I felt the balance of romance and science-fiction, two sometimes diametrically opposed elements, were woven together quite well here. It never gets bogged down in cheesy special effects or action, which is where plenty of films go wrong. It doesn't get caught up in philosophical ennui and stays fairly light-hearted. A pleasant surprise overall, I wasn't expecting this to be so enjoyable.

The Karate Kid
½

Yo Hollywood, stop remaking films that I loved as a child because you're too lazy to come up with anything new. As a standalone movie, it was okay... compared to the original, it makes me weep. Those of you rolling your eyes at me can go back to txtin' on your cell phones and enjoying your twenty-first century world while I bask in my own paraside of neo-Luddism and nostalgia.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

This movie for me encapsulates absolutely everything that is wrong with "remakes", silly stupid glossy CGI, and this crap attitude towards science fiction that Hollywood (among plenty of other crap attitudes) has assumed. I find myself chuckling out loud saying this, but pretty much all the quality acting in this finely polished turd comes from Keanu Reeves. I don't know what happened to Connelly, but I doubt she could do much with such an empty script. Now I gave Reeves a pass because I think he did a halfway-decent job as Klaatu - but comapred to the Klaatu from the original, who I considered a fairly multi-faceted character, Reeves turns into yet another stoner robot. Still not terrible or anything though - what (or rather who) made this movie go from just boring and plastic to horribly annoying was the small, spoiled, and frankly bratty elephant in the room, Jaden Smith. This kid can't act, at least not yet. The real terror in this film was knowing we're going to be seeing more of this spawn - who should be relegated to doing music videos alongside that androgynous Canadian thing that little brats think is music these days. See the 1951 original, and weep for the present.

Kill the Irishman
½

Loved the story, the cast, the characters, and the setting. (Which has been pointed out to me as actually being Detriot, haha.) A lot of mobster films are set in my neck of the woods in NY, and we get plenty of Bostonian thug flicks, but this one has a rather unique flavor. It certainly inspired my own further reading about Danny Greene, who I'd say is played very well here.

The Astronaut's Wife

Started off rather slow, but picked up the pace towards the end. Depp's accent is hilarious and sometimes off-putting, might have been more fun if it took place in a trailer park.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)
½

I am very conflicted with this movie. First off, I think the kid actors did a wonderful job, and based on the merit of their acting, this is certainly a film worth seeing. The period-ism was wonderfully done, and succeeded every now and then in making me have childhood flashbacks. Now for what killed it for me - the typical J.J. Abrams bollocks-stained trite hogwash. Loud sounds! Chains! Explosions! Yo dude, you did all that ish ad absurdum in "Lost," so how about thinking up a new gimmick? It might please the peanut gallery again this time, but I was tired of it by season three of Lost, and hopefully others will be too.

Cowboys & Aliens
½

This flick was certainly fun enough to be worth my time. If you're looking to pick it apart to make sense of things, or complaining that the actors aren't in their best roles... just take a look at the title. Anyways, I prefer this to yet another remake. I'd also go so far as to say I enjoyed this more than Super 8.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

In two words, "wholly satisfying." Even the CGI, which I am always critical of, was beautiful here. The audience demands more!

It Might Get Loud
½

I am an unabashed lover of good ol' mothaf****n' rock and roll, so this was right up my alley. Interesting, and I actually left the film liking Jack White a lot more than I ever had before. The Edge (who the hell calls themselves that, anyway?) came off as a bit pretentious to me. Page is just an awesome old dude at this point. It did move a tad bit slow at times, but if you're into this sort of thing, it's no issue whatsoever.

The Proposition

This film I thought to be no less than incredible. Without a doubt one of my favorite films of the "noughties." Also Nick Cave rules.

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
½

This was a nice little surprise that somehow slipped under my radar until now. The mood of the film is great, never getting too serious and filled with laughs throughout. Cheers to Spurlock for an interesting idea played well. Now I want to try Mane n' Tail shampoo... haha!

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

I absolutely loved "Moon," but didn't want to hype this up too much for myself... regardless, I thought this film was damn near perfect. A wholly entertaining watch, and I can't wait to see what this director puts out in the future.

The Town
The Town(2010)
½

Everything about this film was executed perfectly, I think. One that I didn't mind at all seeing twice, and I'm sure we will see again at some point soon. Loved the grand heist at the end, this is a movie where you almost root for the "bad guys."

The Company Men

As someone who has been laid off in this recession (which the mainstream media and gubment tell us is over! Ha-ha!) I thought this film was a good shot at being empathetic. It's nothing to deep, and for people wanting to "escape reality," (which is a very valid reason to watch movies) I found the final notes to be a bit too optimistic given the current nature of things. I did enjoy Affleck's line about watching the Price is Right... anyone who's been laid off probably has had the theme song stuck in their head at some point or another.

Up
Up(2009)

This is easily the more purely enjoyable film of 2009. I watched it with my grandparents towards the holidays, and all three of us wholly enjoyed every minute. Pixar is doing something right.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

I've never been a huge fan of CGI, I think Lucas adding bits of it in the original Star Wars trilogy was a cheesy faux pas, and I find a lot of times it backfires. Now, Avatar does a great job on the special effects - and I will praise it for it's visuals all day long... but as a complete movie, I just can't say I was ever thrilled. I've heard a lot of funny one-liners concerning Avatar, "Dances with Wolves in space" probably being my favorite. My issue is that I think Hollywood has really reached a point in sci-fi cinema where it's all based on the visuals. "Moon" is the only recent movie I can think of (I have yet to see the new Planet of the Apes) that felt like "true sci-fi" to me. This was a lot of eye-candy set to a story line suited to a thirty minute episode on a Saturday morning cartoon. I'd say "it would make a good children's movie" - but the movies for the kids have been rather awesome these days. Avatar was certainly worth seeing in theaters, but unless you have some incredible home theater setup, I don't think the movie will be as "spellbinding" on the small screen. Not one I care to see twice.

Audition (Ôdishon)
½

It's hard for me to quantify this film in a brief review, other than that I found it awesome. I find many movies are just to damn predictable, and I went into this one with very little knowledge of the plot, I just knew I enjoyed the director's work. The surprise was complete and intense. Not many movies surprise me, even fewer shock me. This did both.

Silent Hill
Silent Hill(2006)

My hypothesis concerning the dismal critic reviews is probably due to the fact that most of the critics, though having knowledge of the fact that this was a game adaptation, probably had absolutely no idea about the games themselves let alone playing them when they came out. If you're a fan of the games (which are incredible, SH2 being my favorite) then I think naturally you will at least find this interesting. I think the process of playing the games make you more engrossed - and seeing Pyramid Head on screen after him scaring the sh*t out of me in SH2 was wholly satisfying. Based on it's merit as a horror movie alone, I'd say it's mediocre with good visuals, and a few awesome gross-out moments. I will admit seeing it in the theater was a lot more impressive than seeing it at home.

Inception
Inception(2010)

A fresh concept, do you say? In an era of remake after remake and the wholly and nauseatingly trite "Avatar," Inception stood out to me as a gem. I feel almost cheesy giving this a 100%, because I know the film is almost custom tailored for someone like me. Obviously the visuals are stunning, but many movies these days have stunning visuals, but only a few like Inception back it up with a captivating and suspenseful story, and dare I say, pretty damn good acting. Although it was fun for friends and I to poke fun at DiCaprio back in the days of Titanic, (calling him "DiCrapio" in pure tacky adolescent fashion) he has shaped up to be one of my favorite actors in the present day, and seems to work on a lot of quality films. Also of note, I absolutely adore Inception's soundtrack. It was the first time in a long time that after seeing the film, I thought to myself, "I need this." After not seeing the movie for a few months, I read about the background music in the film being actually built around the French song which they play when needing to wake up - so awesome. A film that charms me with it's eccentricities even months after I last viewed it. As I said before, a total gem.

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)
½

To be honest, now that I've seen this version of Robin Hood, I feel like most of the critics judged it a bit unfairly. I thought the production was good, and I couldn't stop laughing whenever Friar Tuck was on the screen. (Not sure if this was intentional or not...) It's refreshing to see a take on Robin Hood that isn't quite so fairy-tale and can be enjoyed by a mature audience. You get the typical cheesy Crowe, but beyond that I found it a very entertaining film.

Ironclad
Ironclad(2011)
½

Every now and then, I'm in the mood for a gruesome film with swords - and if that's what you're looking for, this certainly delivers. I am rather fascinated with the history and goings-on of the world around this time period as well, so I think I might be able to get into a movie like this a little more than the regular movie-goer. Personally, I think the setting and fairly fast pace make up for the lack of captivating acting from some of the cast - but Giamatti plays an amazing King John. Honestly, the whole film is worth it just to see him lose his sh*t - also if you dig misty moorish scenery, this is for you.

Back to the Future Part III
½

If I had to for some silly reason pick a "least favorite" (emphasis on the word favorite) out of the trilogy, part III would probably be it, but it is still a solid film overall. What troubles me here was the fact that the DeLorean gets stranded in the old west via. an arrow that punctures a fuel line... I know the DeLorean had to be rebuilt - perhaps rendering the "Mr. Fusion" piece broken, but it seems like if they were retrofitting the car to go back in the old west, they think about making sure those precious fuel lines were protected - who knows though, Doc Brown is absent minded and Marty is of course not 100% mechanically inclined. I do love the steam train scene since I'm kind of a train buff anyway, and although I disappointed me to see the DeLorean destroyed, it was a fitting end to the adventure. I love how the "present" in the films is at the point a time period in it's own right - one I miss. I guess I find this trilogy a bit magical because beyond being amazing and fun films, they make me feel like I'm eight years old again. It is perhaps a slightly melancholic feeling, knowing that those childhood years are gone forever, but these films bring me back to a place where I can almost close my eyes and see the old TV with the NES hooked up, VHS tapes strewn around the floor trying to find these three films.

Back to the Future Part II

It's 2011, so the auto makers know they only have four years to give us hover conversions for our cars, right? I absolutely loved part II as a child, an image of the future I still hold onto - and I wish we had hoverboards and soda shops filled with Max Headroom monitors taking our order. I loved seeing the enhancements to the DeLorean, and the alternate 1985 was hilarious as well. The attention to detail around Biff's rise to prominence was great (the made a whole documentary which plays in the background, I believe it can be found on Youtube) and I loved how it waxed time travel concepts and what could go wrong. The ending was filled with suspense, getting us ready for the third and final part to this amazing trilogy.

Back to the Future

I first saw this as a child probably around 1990 or so, I'll never forget we got one of those "HBO preview" weeks with my family's basic cable subscription, and that's where I first saw and fell in love with this film. The DeLorean time machine is such an awesome concept, and hasn't lost one iota of it's iconic status since the eighties. Doc Brown and Marty are instantly lovable characters, and I think the characters became the actors as much as the actors played the characters. Crispin Glover as George McFly is bloody perfect, and everything about this film is just amazing and over the top fun. I'll never forget being completely spellbound as a child seeing the opening scene with the clocks, and loving that huge amp. To me, there is no better movie to define the era I was born in, and the pop culture references then seem to still endure just fine to this day.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

While the first two "Prequels" sullied the once untarnished "Star Wars" name and brought us a cast of characters that we wish we could forget, none of them quite tarnished a particular character from the original trilogy like this movie would. Although the "Anakin" from the Prequel trilogy has always irked me, here they took it a step further. *Spoiler Alert - Although it's pretty common knowledge* The way in which Anakin finally becomes Vader is laughable, and now that ominous choke-people-with-his-own-damn-thoughts Vader has been tainted by daytime soap style acting and a horribly cartoony "Nooooo!" which actually made me start laughing. At least it was funny, although behind my derisive chuckles was a true, deep disappointment. After Phantom Menace, I still had plenty of hope that the new trilogy would pick up speed. After all, c'mon! This was *THE* George Lucas we're talking about here! After Clones I thought, "Okay, well they're just saving all the good stuff for last. After all, VADER is gonna happen. VADER, bro!" Then we get what seems like a scene out of some afternoon soap opera that my grandmother would watch, just with a sci-fi backdrop. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Not good.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
½

Out of the "Neo-Trilogy," this is probably the lesser of the three evils, although lining up three solid chunks of canine feces and picking which one is the least putrid is not exactly singing it's praises. Compared to Empire (one must chuckle when pondering this comparison, despite being written by the same man), this is a disappointment of disappointments - but if we were to pretend the new trilogy is it's own beast entirely, than I would say they are all worth watching once. I did enjoy the scenes of Coruscant here and throughout the new trilogy, but I miss pretty much everything about the old one.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace played an important role in my growing into an adult, I think - it taught me that hype means nothing, and that lightning probably won't strike twice. If this trilogy and this movie were named something else, I probably would have liked them more - but it never really felt like the Star Wars I had grown to love as a child. Too much CGI, a horribly annoying "Jar Jar," and what I felt was Lucas' effort to cash in on a new generation, rather than staying true to the fans that fell in love with the first three.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
½

I am only scoring this 90% rather than the 100% I gave the first two films, dude to the annoying Ewoks. They don't ruin the film or anything, I just never liked them - but let's forget about them and focus on the first half of the film. Incredible scenes on Tatooine and Jabba the Hutt has endured as one of my favorite aliens of all time. The battle at the end is epic, as well - although I would've possibly liked seeing the Ewoks decimated by the Death Star... hahaha.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

This is the pinnacle right here. This is George Lucas' best creation, and probably my favorite film as a child. I'll never forget first beholding the AT-AT walkers, enjoying the thrill of Han Solo always trying to stay a step ahead of the Imperial fleet, and falling in love with Jim Henson's Yoda. A classic beyond classics.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

The beginning of a magical trilogy - one that shaped my childhood imagination and would become an obsession throughout my formative years. Even in growing up, our adult world is thankfully littered with Star Wars references, and the films have had a lasting effect on our psyche. Not a fan of Jabba being CGI'd in or the newer special effects, however. I have my old trilogy on VHS, which I cherish fondly.

The China Syndrome
½

Here is a damn good film to kill some time with. I got the inspiration to re-watch it after seeing "them" cart away a huge piece of the "Three Mile Island" wreckage while visiting friends in Central PA. Here in the northeast, you're never very far from a nuclear reactor. This slice of retro goodness is still prevalent today. Don't take my word for it, read up on safety concerns of our nuclear plants now. Impressive, and certainly interesting stuff - and this film is certainly entertaining stuff.

Capricorn One
½

There's something about the paranoia of seventies films that I absolutely love - and I'm always down for a good conspiracy discussion. Also, some of the scenes in this movie are total camp, but I adore total camp. Embrace those 'fros and sideburns... A great view, in my book. Classic O.J. and Waterston, too.

Rubin and Ed
Rubin and Ed(1991)
½

Maybe it's because I was born in the mid-eighties and my formative years were spent in front of a Sony Trinitron with rabbit ears... something about Crispin Glover movies fills me comforting nostalgia, while chuckling with childlike innocence at his innocent eccentricities. Rubin and Ed is a simple film, it doesn't ask much from the viewer other than to just sit back, turn down their thoughts, and join the echo people. My favorite exchange in the film would be be Ed's reaction to Rubin guffawing uncontrollably at graffiti reading "ANDY WARHOL SUCKS A BIG ONE." Ed explains, "That isn't funny. Andy Warhol is a successful artist." When Rubin then calls him a fraud, Ed says, "That's absurd - he's famous. You should never talk about art, religion or politics. No wonder you don't have any friends." "At least I'm not a fraud like you," Rubin counters. The choice of Warhol for this joke was no arbitrary one.

Due Date
Due Date(2010)
½

I went into this film with absolutely no expectations, and came out with a few laughs. I guess my main issue with this comedy was that my favorite bits came in either the very beginning, or the first half. In a general sense, I expect comedies to escalate their humor somewhat, where as this kind of goes nowhere even though we're following this dysfunctional duo across the country. I enjoyed the elements of stoner comedy but overall this just seemed like a half-done effort for these two actors before they go back to their main titles for both the Sherlock Holmes and "The Hangover" sequels.

The Last Broadcast

Anyone who feels the need to give that obnoxious knee-jerk reaction to "IT'Z LIKE BLARE WUTCH. CLOVURFIELD. DAIRY OF THE DAID. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY." needs to settle the f**k down and take a nice hard look at the date which this came out. It was first - that's right - this was a fairly original concept at the time, and I personally think Blair Witch borrows a little too generously from this more interesting film. A child of the 90s, I enjoy seeing the equipment on display - retro laptops and cameras, chatting about IRC, etc. Also being quite familiar with the Pine Barrens of both NJ and Long Island, I really dig the setting of this film. Everything here is done well for what it is. Might it seem a bit cheesy after seeing what Hollywood has done with this concept, yeah. But watch your tongue kid, calling this piece silly and unoriginal might expose you for the naive newjack you are.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)

There is an intangible aspect about this movie which really draws me in, romanticizing both my favorite serial killer tale, and the nostalgic orgy of mid-century music, fashion, and technology on display. The casting in this movie is utterly flawless. Ruffalo and Gyllenhaal exude a simmering chemistry that fills you with suspense even if this is your fifth viewing and you know exactly what's coming next. Downey, Jr plays the iconic Paul Avery as if his genes were hand-tailored to fill the role, and finally John Carroll Lynch does an impressive job as the man alleged to be Zodiac. I am rarely one to enjoy multiple viewings of a film, but I saw this a total of three times when it was released, bought it when it came out on DVD, and recently viewed it again a few years later. It has lost none of it's magic. An impeccably shot, wonderfully produced, heartfelt recreation of one of my favorite serial killer tales from a period that I helplessly romanticize.