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Blue Demon (2004)
This could have been better but it kept getting worse as it went along. Some bad F/X and acting don't help, but also the scriptwriter thinks we would rather see more scenes about the lead characters discussing their marriage, or Jeff Fahey hamming it up badly in a poorly written role.
It's dumb, but looks like a Terrence Malick picture when compared to some more recent sillier shark movies.
Girls Trip (2017)
That grapefruit scene had me trapped somewhere between horror and hysterics.
Raunchy and unpredictable. Tiffany Haddish is dangerous!
While We're Young (2014)
While We're Laughing
"You're an old man with a hat."
Watts and Stiller hip-hop dancing made my whole day.
"Hey! Everybody keeps talking about ciao, but we haven't had a bite to eat yet!"
Having worked in the tourism business in one way or another for years, I found lots to smile at in this slightly wacky vacation comedy.
My favorite parts involved Norman Fell losing his wife to another tour bus, only to keep randomly meeting up with her at the worst times. This is a thing that really does happen, I've seen it.
The Beach Bum (2019)
Not a Total Bummer
Not McConaughey's first time playing a beach bum, but this now is the definitive slacker role of his filmography.
Starts out a bit slow, turns tragic, then hilarious and then back to slacker cinéma vérité. All the while, McConaughey keeps it all chuggin' along.
The soundtrack is an assembly of some of the all time classic slacker songs, perfect for those do-nothing days in the sunshine.
Tarantino delivers again! This movie is full of love for the 60's in Los Angeles, and it has plenty of surprises to keep you interested. Although it's long, you feel like the running time has just whipped by.
Pitt and DiCaprio make a great movie team together, and QT has also cast Emile Hirsch in this as well, and we finally get a scene with him and DiCaprio, two people I always thought should play brothers or relatives of some kind. There are so many famous faces in this, some I didn't even realize until it was over, such as Dakota Fanning as Squeaky Fromme!
This was a movie not just for film geeks, but everyone can enjoy it. The audience truly appreciated that ending and clapped and screamed and stamped their feet. Or maybe I just had a rowdy crowd, whatever.
Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Summer of Love
This is really beautiful, falling in love is the same for everyone, but falling in love in Italy during the summer is probably much better.
It's the Brokeback Mountain of the millennial generation, and that's not a dig in any way, they deserve a movie as great as that one, and this one nearly is.
If you relate at all to that ending scene then you have been lucky enough to know and experience love in your life.
Sherlock: A Study in Pink (2010)
Holmes & Watson For the 21st Century
Why did I wait so long to finally start watching this series?
It's simply sublime, I have a new addiction!
Perfectly cast and written with so many layers.
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Equally As Great As The First
Watching Denzel outsmart, outmaneuver and basically murder the everloving snot out of evil dirt buckets is a great way to unwind on a summer evening.
Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)
A Real Sequel...Finally!
I didn't have much hope for this after viewing Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor, but it's actually a real sequel to the original, more so than any of the others. Very similar in many ways, thanks to Robert Hiltzik, the original writer/director from the first movie.
Some original cast members return and the kills are inventive. This is a worthy sequel and fans of the original will be pleased.
Scream 2 (1997)
This Is How You Sequel, People
Someone else is killing Sidney's friends at college. Can't this poor girl catch a break?
The stakes were higher, the twists were twistier, the killer(s) were more evil.
It's better than the original, yeah, I said it, and I meant it!
A Classic Thriller That Still Thrills
That opening sequence with Drew Barrymore reminds me so much of When a Stranger Calls, one of the all-time greatest tension-filled suspense movies ever made. Things proceed accordingly, in this wicked little thriller with some of the most fun dialogue and some real surprises.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On You
One of the coolest horror flicks of the 80's. Those vamps were the cool kids, and our nerdy team of slayers were the...well, nerds. Not unlike most 80's movies, really.
It has that killer soundtrack, that still kills!
Kiefer was so badass, and that hair still looks pretty great, even today. Jami Gertz is one of the all-time greatest and unheralded 80's actresses, she doesn't even seem to get mentioned much in regards to this role either. Back then, I knew her from Square Pegs. Recently, I watched two seasons of her as the human mom on the aliens-next-door sitcom, The Neighbors. She's still got it. Jason Patric is great as the tortured Michael, Haim and Feldman, in their first of several movies together, are fun to watch.
Lots of style and some substance make this a great movie. Hard to believe Joel Schumacher went on to give us Batman and Robin as well, but everyone's allowed to make mistakes, right?
I still avoid rice when ordering Chinese take-out because of this movie
More Than I Could Bear
This is a bad killer bear movie.
Filmed in pitch black darkness and zero suspense. You "bearly" get to see the bear at all. It makes Claws (1977) seem like the Citizen Kane of killer bear movies.
The tagline: "Play dead" is what you'll wish you'd done instead of watched this movie.
You've Already Seen It
This is why horror gets no respect sometimes. They produce a Frankenstein's monster of a movie like this clip show and they know we'll show up for it anyway. And here I am, trying to complete the series, watching it too...even though I just saw all of this earlier in the week when I watched the series from the beginning.
There's a few shots added in from some aborted attempt at making a sequel that got shutdown. They add almost nothing, except for confusion. You're basically just rewatching the best bits from the first three movies.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Summer Ended Early For These Kids
Trashy, fun 80's summer camp slasher that I'd seen way back then. Now, the authentic 80's clothes, fashion and slang sticks out like, totally! A few laughs come from this rewatch for that reason alone. The kills are not bad, slightly more original that most. Still wondering exactly just where that curling iron wound up....yikes!
When I saw it back in the 80's, Christopher Collet as Paul, was the only "famous face" in the cast. He didn't really go on to fame and fortune as an actor, but I do think being linked to this now classic of the slasher genre will keep his fame alive for years to come.
Hold on to your short-shorts for that ending!!!
They May Have Pea-Sized Brains, But They WILL Eat You
Oh yeah, baby! That's what I'm talking about! A real suspenseful, gory, creepy, claustrophobic man-eating alligator flick! The man-eating animal genre is my favorite of all the horror genres, and this is a good one!
Directed by Alexandre Aja, the man who gave us Piranha 3D, so this instantly became a must see, since that movie delivered so well.
A competitive swimmer (Kaya Scodelario, a future star) and her dad (Barry Pepper) are stuck in their basement in a hurricane with hungry alligators. Great premise and this movie milks every ounce out of the scenario.
Capsized: Blood in the Water (2019)
Scary But True
Based on a true story from 1982 makes this Discovery Channel Shark Week movie a little more harrowing than your usual made-for-TV shark movie.
Plenty of tension during the shark scenes and some actual actors, it's similar to so many other movies but well done and worth your time.
"I had a raft...but the sharks ate it."
Good premise but the lack of horror portrayed by the actors sinks it a little. Why are they so calm about their friends being eaten in front of them?
The CGI sharks are a step up from some other CGI shark movies, but only slightly. The lack of believability seriously derails the tension.
Still, it was an okay time waster and my fellow shark movie fans will find something to enjoy.
I remember it took me the entire summer of '87 to read Stephen King's chunky novel. It seemed equal parts Stand By Me and Dean Koontz's Phantoms to me at the time. The TV mini-series was very well done and seemed to go on to become iconic. So, when a theatrical remake was announced, I was wary. Turns out I had no reason to be.
This movie best encapsulates Stephen King's storytelling, childhood and fear itself. It's just beautiful. One of the greatest adaptations of his novels, ever.
Pennywise is a truly terrifying cinematic monster for the ages. I've seen way too many horror movies in my lifetime, so a lot of things bounce off me, movie wise. But just as King always intended, Pennywise is horrifying, creeps into your brain and under your skin to show you your worst fears in the most sinister ways. This story has been copied many times in many ways over the years, but here is the unfiltered original. The filmmakers really have done a great job.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
"I once saw Glenn Close order a pineapple sandwich!"
This rom-com was such a great surprise. Hilarious lines, relatable characters and scenes, plus, Keanu Reeves as Keanu Reeves!
Thank you Randall Park and Ali Wong! Expecting more great things from you both!
L.A. Confidential (1997)
90's Noir Perfection
I remember going to see this thinking, "Who the heck are these two no-name actors," meaning Pearce and Crowe. Well, after seeing them in this, they were both in everything and on the rise and I am now admitting my lame first impressions.
This movie has style to spare, and a great noir tale to spin. One of the best movies of 1997, if not the best, it deserved all the Oscars...imagine if the Titanic had never sank!
The sequel goes international! The first movie was such a hit in Italy, so the producers set the sequel there and filmed it there too.
Not as much fun as the first, but comes close. It does seem as though the budget got a little bigger though. Vincent Price is still having fun with it all, appearing in various disguises and hanging out with bikini clad girls and shooting foam at them. It's far better than my job in real life!
Frankie Avalon didn't return for the sequel, so they had to snag another 60's pop star, Fabian. I had to Google him because he wasn't well-known by me. All this went down before my time, but I like watching these American International movies, silly though they may seem. They are just mindless fun, not meant to be dissected for deeper meaning, because there isn't any.
The Horror of Robot Beach
Back in the 90's, I used to watch those 60's beach movies when TBS would have marathons on during the summer. This movie I assumed was more or less one of those, being from the same studio and featuring some of the same actors.
To my surprise, it was more of a 60's spy spoof. It's easy now to spot where Mike Myers drew a lot of his inspiration for the original Austin Powers movie. Female robots, evil doctors, poking fun at the 007 series, it's all in there.
I actually liked it more than I thought I would, I was expecting a lesser version of the beach party movies, that title didn't inspire confidence at all. Vincent Price should have done more comedies, he is funny and appears to really be enjoying himself.
Not Eddie's Best
Eddie is a comedy god, and with him playing more than one role, this should have been a knockout laffest...but it slid off the water slide at some point and the ha ha's just weren't there. Eddie is the only saving grace.
It's not a bad movie, just not as funny as I'd hoped. A disappointment.