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There Will Be Blood
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A masterpiece. This film is about as close to a perfect film as I have ever seen. So focused. So absolutely sure-footed. Paul Thomas Anderson knows from the opening shots to the incredible closing scene precisely where this movie is going. Daniel Day-Lewis is not playing Daniel Plainview. He IS him. Day-Lewis ceases to exist inside this uber-intense, driven, pathologically greedy capitalist. Plainview exists solely to obtain wealth. But not just wealth, he wants to destroy anyone who poses even the slightest obstacle to his plans. He is sinister, calculating and lacks almost any semblance of kindness or love. He uses people, even his "son," an orphan who's father died working for Plainview. He is patient, willing to work for years to build his empire. His purpose is merely to achieve enough wealth to build a mansion and live alone. This movie is almost unbearably intense at times. One of the best depictions of what unbridled capitalism looks like, set during the oil boom of the early 1900's. By 1920's, Plainview is a millionaire many times over, living in a huge, sprawling mansion that he treats recklessly (a scene depicts him shooting various objects inside an ornate hall with a gun). He is aging, crippled from his early fall down a mine shaft, and an alcoholic. This movie is probably one of the top 10 movies ever made. Every scene feels right.

A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place (2018)
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Solid horror movie. You've seen movies very similar to this before. Indestructible creatures, the end of days, it's been done. Think The Mist, and other movies like that. What separates this movie from The Mist, and makes it a 4/5 and the Mist a 2/5, is the original concept of using sound (or more precisely, the absence of sound) as the backdrop for the fear. Anxiety mounts as you hope and pray the characters (and yourself and your partner sitting next to you) stay absolutely quiet. Even small noises become very unsettling. The atmosphere works, and there are almost no breaks or relief from the tension. The other factor which elevates this film is the family dynamic. It feels real. There is love between mom and dad. The kids feel like family members. The family is bound by both tragedy and survival, and while there are holes to find if you want to look for them, and the conclusion is pretty ordinary and typical (think Signs), I enjoyed this film. But the end could have been profound or more powerful, and instead it was a bit underwhelming. Good movie, almost great.

Shutter Island
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is a difficult movie to review. I've seen it a few times, but not recently. Simply put, this movie is much ado about nothing. It's so much less than the sum of it's impressive parts. Great actors. Great location. Even a so-so story in the hands of a very talented director can't save this average film. It's not terrible. It's just so, so average when it should have been a masterpiece. I do enjoy some scenes, and I love the location. But the truth is, this is an overblown, over-baked "mystery" that is pretty preposterous.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of the worst sequels (and worst movies) ever made. This movie somehow has a 67% RT score? And movies like Mr. Wrong, which at least has some funny scenes, has a single-digit score. Leonard Maltin didn't like the first Gremlins, which is his right. But when they cast him in this turd and gave him a cameo, he gave this movie a BETTER review than the first. 3 out of 4 stars? No way. This movie has no plot, no point, and some of the oddest, most random creature-creations by Rick Baker imaginable. There is no reason these creatures are so wildly diverse and varied compared to the first movie. It's as if Joe Dante and gang didn't bother to explain WHY the creatures look like bats, spiders, slow-witted rednecks and others wear glasses and talk. Bizarre. Characters WHO DIED in Gremlins are back for this "sequel." A $50 million budget + unlimited creative control resulted in this piece of garbage. The studio deserved to lose 10 million at the box office. SO bad.

Gremlins
Gremlins (1984)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Gremlins is a fun, dark, well-made piece of 1980's culture which became very well-known and highly merchandized. Had Ghostbusters not been released the same weekend, this movie may have been even bigger. People complain about the uneven tone, cute and silly at first, then dark, violent and pretty scary. But that was early 80's horror, especially from Joe Dante (The Howling). This movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom caused the MPAA to create PG-13 when parents expressed shock and anger over the surprising amount of violence. This is also a holiday classic, as it ties into the Christmas season quite well. Don't be fooled by the critics reviews of Gremlins 2, a long-overdue sequel that should have been ignored altogether. This is an excellent film and should be a staple of any 1980's time capsule.