Starman
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Starman

Starman is a sad, sweet road movie about a widow (Karen Allen) who finds a reason to go on living. On the surface, the film is about the romance she has with an alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes to the widescreen highways of America to meet his mothership. But for their chemistry, and John Carpenter’s underhanded … Continue reading

Django Unchained
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Django Unchained

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s approach to cinema is privately important to him. He is the movie-movie fan’s king.  He has a good ear, a good eye, and a good sense of movie past.  The QT joint is a lubed thing of spare parts, a Frankenstein beast from a video-store vacuum.  With the blood of a thousand giallos, … Continue reading

Tequila Sunrise
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Tequila Sunrise

Heavy on talk and short on stunts, Tequila Sunrise is an 80s crime flick that goes for a vibe – Casablanca, say, meets 8 Million Ways to Die – and barely succeeds. Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell play, respectively, a shy drug dealer, a sleek Italian restaurateur, and a slick cop.  They’re wise fools, hot bods on whom … Continue reading

Jurassic Park
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Jurassic Park

Perhaps this is snobby, I don’t know: As much as I love Indiana Jones, George Lucas & Steven Spielberg never gave him a perfect movie.  And perfect movies can be imperfect, and vice versa.  I believe this. People who know me know I prefer The Temple of Doom – not just to Raiders of the Lost … Continue reading

The Blob (1988)
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The Blob (1988)

The Blob (1958) was “meh.”  What the remake gains in gore it loses in charm.  There are a few obvious but endearing bits that poke fun at a podunk town and a generation gap (Frank Darabont co-wrote the script).  Still, the movie was a tired excuse for Hollywood to tap into the horror market aimed at … Continue reading

Play Misty For Me
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Play Misty For Me

In Play Misty For Me (1971), Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, he plays Dave, a late-night disc jockey who has a fling with a crazy bitch (Jessica Walter) named Evelyn Draper.  Fatal Attraction (1987) ripped the film off, but Misty predates a slew of stalker films.  It is not a deep movie — just one of the scariest. If you think … Continue reading