Film Review Archive

  • In 1991, the year of its release, I became obsessed with The Silence of the Lambs.  It is now 2014.  The movie is 23 years old, the book 26.  You’ve seen the movie.  So, […]

    The Best Horror Movies of the 90s: The Silence of the Lambs

    In 1991, the year of its release, I became obsessed with The Silence of the Lambs.  It is now 2014.  The movie is 23 years old, the book 26.  You’ve seen the movie.  So, […]

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  • It is easy to mistake Woody for the unappealing director he plays in Stardust Memories, his overt variation / ripoff of Fellini’s 8.5.  Never mind that Stardust Memories is not that funny, or that its […]

    Stardust Memories

    It is easy to mistake Woody for the unappealing director he plays in Stardust Memories, his overt variation / ripoff of Fellini’s 8.5.  Never mind that Stardust Memories is not that funny, or that its […]

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  • It is strange that a story that came from a single source, Joss Whedon’s screenplay, can feel as tonally disjointed as the previous Alien outing which was some devil’s spawn […]

    Alien: Resurrection

    It is strange that a story that came from a single source, Joss Whedon’s screenplay, can feel as tonally disjointed as the previous Alien outing which was some devil’s spawn […]

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  • “My favorite scene is the one when the bald guy gets killed.” – Dave Smith What a miserable, boring slog this film is. What a senseless, inert and strange experience. […]

    Alien 3

    “My favorite scene is the one when the bald guy gets killed.” – Dave Smith What a miserable, boring slog this film is. What a senseless, inert and strange experience. […]

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  • Movies used to be better. That does not mean old movies are uniformly perfect. It does not mean movies can be made the same way they used to be. You […]

    Aliens

    Movies used to be better. That does not mean old movies are uniformly perfect. It does not mean movies can be made the same way they used to be. You […]

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  • Stoker is an extended, misguided homage to one of Hitchcock’s, or anyone’s, finest films, Shadow of a Doubt. Both films are about how the approach of a distant Uncle Charlie […]

    Stoker

    Stoker is an extended, misguided homage to one of Hitchcock’s, or anyone’s, finest films, Shadow of a Doubt. Both films are about how the approach of a distant Uncle Charlie […]

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  • Carrie is a funny and frightening film.  Brian De Palma, the director, turns Stephen King’s novel, itself a female-dominated Rage (King, 1974), into a semi-satiric teen opera without any of […]

    Carrie

    Carrie is a funny and frightening film.  Brian De Palma, the director, turns Stephen King’s novel, itself a female-dominated Rage (King, 1974), into a semi-satiric teen opera without any of […]

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  • Notable characters Tom Welles (P.I., nominal hero): is an edgy average man; usually speaks in a somnambulant monotone when not overly and self-righteously indignant; smokes behind his wife’s back; went […]

    8mm

    Notable characters Tom Welles (P.I., nominal hero): is an edgy average man; usually speaks in a somnambulant monotone when not overly and self-righteously indignant; smokes behind his wife’s back; went […]

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  • Red Line 7000 (1965) runs out of gas before it starts. The story is soap—love and death among the beautiful racecar drivers.  The cast, mostly comprising then-unknowns, is stiff.  The interactions between […]

    Red Line 7000

    Red Line 7000 (1965) runs out of gas before it starts. The story is soap—love and death among the beautiful racecar drivers.  The cast, mostly comprising then-unknowns, is stiff.  The interactions between […]

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  • We should be in the golden age of cinematic imagination, shouldn’t we? Computers should have unlocked the visual genius of dozens, maybe hundreds of filmmakers, who astonish us with incredibly […]

    Alien

    We should be in the golden age of cinematic imagination, shouldn’t we? Computers should have unlocked the visual genius of dozens, maybe hundreds of filmmakers, who astonish us with incredibly […]

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