G has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2020.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    ★★

    When Kilmer started doing a Brando. Those opening titles get a star.

  • Garter Colt

    Garter Colt

    ★★

    Trashy lil’ Spaghetti vehicle for italian actress Nicoletta Machiavelli of Navajo Joe and Hills Run Red fame. This was an excuse to watch a De Laurentiis beauty for 90mins. But it’s more than that, she’s fantastic as Giarrettiera Colt. To the point that she’s not in it enough. There’s some almost bizarre Meyer staged violent set pieces with supporting cast. Making little sense. But, when Garter (Machiavelli) is in view it seems to work. This isn’t some pouty German supermodel…

  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

    Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

    ★★

    Been long time since I’ve seen this one. A series of set pieces of various quality. They like odd pastiches of ‘get out of that bond traps’. How they are strung together is a problem. Is it writing, editing? Got me thinking about Guy Hamilton bond movies were some of the dummest things. It’s all here.

    Ward and Grey’s work is great in the NY training. However you look at Joel Grey’s role, in 2020. I know he wanted to…

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    ★★

    It's a Trek I use to watch a lot as kid with Search for Spock. But this was a rough watch. Two stars and they go in the first 20 mins.

    ★ - I still stand by the El Capitan sequence as wonderful opening. It harks back to previous film, just these characters interacting with some heavy reflection on earth. The George Mallory quote, the stunt work by Bob Gaines is possibly the best depiction of free solo climbing in…

  • The Hills Run Red

    The Hills Run Red

    ★★

    This very much tying to pass itself off as a American Western. No neo-realism.. Strange when Lizzani is known for stylistic Italian Crime dramas, political ones at that. Very much on auto pilot here. Maybe Dino De Laurentiis was controlling here. Mixture of Fistful and Few Dollars in gang interception to get close to the target of revenge. 

    It has its moments. Henry Silva is the best thing here, as the black leather clad henchman, Mandez. There is some horrendous cliche…

  • Room 237

    Room 237

    ★★

    Well yeah... 


    10% of this is interesting. On film subtext allegory level. The rest is a feedback loop of how Kubrick rapped his worlds in richness and how he would play games of disorientation. How the shot of the twins is slightly out of focus drawing eyes in and away to other things on the outside. Ultimately all his films play these games... Maybe The Shinning is far more rewatchable and flawed process in this aspect. Because it’s genre horror.…