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  • Something Wild
  • Office Space
  • Nine to Five
  • The Apartment

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  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist


  • Mad Max: Fury Road


  • Reminiscence


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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise


    My eyes snapped open at 2am on my bed in the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Someone had stacked not just rocks, but boulders on top of me. My stomach churned. My breath labored. My head swirled with the strength of a typhoon. I needed to vomit, but I could barely move, and the harder it was to move, the more panicky I became. Nothing could have prepared me for this.

    And it was all Brian De Palma’s [1] fault.

    Nine hours…

  • Censor



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Look Beneath the Floorboards

    Take control of your story . . .

    Fictional director Frederick North hisses these seductive words to Enid Baines[1] on the set of his sequel to the disturbing Don’t Go Into the Church[2]. The slithery director lurks in the darkness behind his camera, shooting Enid in 4:3 16mm[3], conjuring the darkness in her soul. It is a darkness she has fought so hard to restrain for years that she denies its very existence.

    Enid is dressed in a…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road


    In the conversation for GOAT.

  • Reminiscence


    For a movie with such a fine cast—Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton—this movie is a boring slog.

    Jackman is miscast as a frazzled nostalgia peddler turned hard boiled detective. The Raymond Chandler monologues are all half-baked, groan inducing idioms. He is way too handsome, way too ripped, and nowhere near grizzled enough to play a guy losing his mind as he tries to find out why the woman he loves left him.

    In a lot of ways, this is…

Popular reviews

  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark


    It's hard for me to judge A SHOT IN THE DARK based on its own merits, as I usually do, because I watched it on the request of my son, Tommy. Tommy is almost 14, and has autism. For the last few years he has been obsessed with film composers. He can recite the IMDb filmographies of most with savant-like precision, and often corrects me. His current favorite is Henry Mancini, and he asked me to sit down and watch…

  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    Disclaimer: I am a high school English teacher. I mainly teach Freshman English. Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET is a required text. In 15 years, I've taught it about 10-12 times. So, it should be duly noted that I am hypercritical of any adaptation of a play with which I am incredibly familiar.

    ROMEO & JULIET sucked. It is the worst adaptation of this play I've ever seen, and that includes high school stage productions, which make up for their lack of…