Grosse Pointe Blank – Quickie Review

A hitman having a crisis of conscience heads home for his 10 year high reunion as it coincides with his next mission. Very entertaining, comedy actioner. Cusack is at his John Cusiatic best. While the movie plays out exactly as one could predict, I think most would be disappointed if it didn’t. Darkly humourous and …

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5 Faves: Films of 1997

1. Boogie Nights 2. L.A. Confidential 3. Jackie Brown 4. Spanish Prisoner, The 5. Wag The Dog Just Missed The Cut: Cop Land, Donnie Brasco, The Game, Gattaca, The Sweet Hereafter Need To See: The Boxer, The Butcher Boy, Funny Games, Lost Highway, Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion Comedy Hi-Lites: As Good As It …

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Scream 2 – Quickie Review

Years have past and the killing has started again. The gore level is increased, but the story and plot have taken a step back. The ending seems pretty contrived and one of the revealed killers is grossly miscast. It’s not nearly as good as the original, but it’s not terrible.

Nightwatch (1997) – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 27 / Film #5

Insanely twisted and unsettling suspense thriller. It has been a while since I’d last since it and I forgot just how much I enjoyed it. Continually intense, keeps you guessing all the way through. Delightfully disturbing with a sly sense of humour. Stellar cast including Brad “f’ing” Dourif.

Cop Land – Quickie Review

An absolutely cracking cop drama. The cast is a once is a lifetime ensemble. Some great twists and turns and the ending is tremendously satisfying. Hands down, the best performance of Stallone’s career.

Ugly, The – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 21 / Film #3

A twisted thriller from New Zealand about a psychiatrist whom interviews a serial killer in a mental institution. Very stylish, told in flashbacks as well as mental delusions. It could be deemed gory except the blood looks like black ink. Plenty of suspense, solid script.

Mimic – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 21 / Film #2

Guillero del Toro’s first American movie. It’s a slick modern update on the mutated creature features of the 1950s. I watched the director’s cut. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the theatrical version so I couldn’t tell you the difference, but I enjoyed this alternate version. Solid story, great creature design and effects, great …

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Private Parts – Quickie Review

Unsurprisingly raunchy, surprisingly touching, and often hilarious biopic about the rise of Howard Stern. Smart script, it really allows Howard to just be Howard. Great ensemble, but Paul Giamatti, as the infamous Pig-Vomit, is an absolute standout.

L.A. Confidential – Quickie Review

I can watch this masterpiece over and over again, and I have. I love the story structure, I love the plot twists and the film is visually breathtaking, amazing cinematography. All star ensemble, cast to perfection. Easily in my Top 25 movies of all-time. The movie is so good, it makes me want to read …

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