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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Giuseppe Tornatore’s defining masterpiece Cinema Paradiso (1988) celebrates a Blu-ray re-release and a return to the big screen this month as part of the film’s highly-anticipated 25th anniversary. Memory, nostalgia, and mortality remain the film’s most characteristic themes, and...
December 31st, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Better Off Dead . . . (1985)

Better Off Dead . . . (1985)
Written and directed by a man named Savage Steve Holland, Better Off Dead . . . is one of the most deliriously off-kilter teen movies to ever make use of the well-worn template. The fact that it’s so surreal and unique, while also providing some solid laughs and a likable main character (played...
December 31st, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet remains, for me, the greatest movie that David Lynch has ever produced. Oh, Twin Peaks remains his finest achievement, but Blue Velvet is the forerunner to that magnificent TV show. It’s the film that has best married his obsession with Americana, and the darkness that lurks behind...
December 31st, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Sure Thing (1985)

The Sure Thing (1985)
Teen movies can be fun. Road movies can be fun. But I can’t think of too many teen road movies that end up being any good (though do feel free to let me know of any obvious titles I may have forgotten), and I certainly can’t think of any that are as good as The […]
December 30th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I (1987)
Withnail & I is a film about poverty, but it’s an amusing poverty. It’s the poverty of people who have a rich family, the poverty of people pursuing their dreams and living a hedonistic lifestyle as often as possible without actually having to deal with reality. It’s the poverty...
December 30th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Bound (2013)

Bound (2013)
Written and directed by Leone Marucci, this is a movie featuring interweaving tales of crime and drama in a style that was overstaying its welcome about ten years ago, and now just feels so far past its sell-by date that the film never recovers from the way it is structured. Marucci may think that he’s...
December 30th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The King Of Comedy (1982)

The King Of Comedy (1982)
The King Of Comedy is the lighter, but just as warped, companion piece to Taxi Driver from director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro. It’s a scathing look at celebrity adoration and the quest for fame, something that is all the more relevant nowadays than it was back in the early ’80s....
December 29th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

WarGames (1983)

WarGames (1983)
WarGames holds up today as an enjoyable drama, which is surprising considering just how dated it is. This is a movie about the danger of computers made at a time when computers were still very unwieldy and slow, but it holds up thanks to a decent script, perfect pacing and some fine performances from...
December 28th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Enemy Territory (1987)

Enemy Territory (1987)
Gary Frank plays Barry, an insurance salesman who desperately needs to get his life back on track, in this action thriller, one of the truly neglected gems of the 1980s. Barry needs just one good commission to help him put things right, a commission that he’s so desperate for he ends up in an apartment...
December 27th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad (1987)
“You know who to call when you have ghosts but who do you call when you have monsters?” That was the tagline that I remember accompanying The Monster Squad, and, in my opinion, it was the tagline that held it back from becoming the success it should have been when it was initially released....
December 26th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More