Bridesmaids – Quickie Review

It would be hard not to become a fan of Kristen Wiig after watching this movie and it would be hard not to become a bigger fan if you had already been familiar with her from Saturday Night Live. She’s effortlessly charismatic, awkward and hilarious at the same time. Wiig is surrounded by a balanced and …

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Billy Madison – Quickie Review

This is not a good movie by any standard, but it constantly makes me laugh shamelessly. The premise is absurd and most of the jokes are just plain stupid, but I can’t help myself. Sandler first major starring role and it remains one of my favourites and a total guilty pleasure.

Beetlejuice – Quickie Review

I’m under the belief that Michael Keaton won his Oscar for Birdman because he was overlooked for this movie. For the record, he was brilliant in Birdman as well. Michael is Beetlejuice. His performance is so gleefully over the top. The art direction is fantastic and magical as it is in nearly every Tim Burton film …

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Big Lebowski, The – Quickie Review

This is the absolute epitome of a Coen Brothers movie. Quirky, well-rounded characters. Absurd scenarios. And a wickedly biting screenplay. Jeff Bridges is brilliant as The Dude. He just embodies the character and there’s nothing better than a Sam Elliot voice over. I love this movie.

Blair Witch Project, The – Quickie Review

Not the first found footage movie, but it certainly helped launch the phenomenon. I first saw this at an advanced screening, and the crowd was really into it. Tense, scary, low-key. The theatre helped continue to fuel the fear fire by placing rock piles and branch clusters in the lobby and along the sidewalk outside …

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Beast, The (1975) – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 30 / Film #5

A wealthy young woman and her aunt travel to a French estate to meet with the family into which she plans to marry, completely unaware of a beast lurking on the property. Wikipedia describes this as an erotic fantasy horror. Well, there’s more whoring than there is horror. As for the beast? Anyone see Your …

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Baby Blues – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 29 / Film #2

A young couple buys a new home and they find that the previous owners have left a strange doll behind. This pretty much plays like a Child’s Play/Annabelle hybrid, but not a good one. Many failed jump scares fill 90 wasted minutes. Go ahead and give it a miss.

Burning, The – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 27 / Film #1

Fantastic slasher flick from the early 80s. Solid story, really gruesome makeup effects by Tom Savini. It’s crazy how many people involved with this movie are still working today. I don’t know what’s funnier: that this was one of the Weinsteins first movies or seeing Jason Alexander with a full head of hair.

Das Boot – Quickie Review

The story of soldiers on a German U-boat during WWII. This movie is a masterpiece. Seemingly authentic, incredibly tense and very claustrophobic. Top notch performances all around and the film manages to do the impossible; it makes you feel sympathetic for these German soldiers whom are caught up in a war and a government’s ideology …

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