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  • Metropolitan
  • Linda Linda Linda
  • American Movie
  • Ghostbusters

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  • What About Bob?

    ★★★★

  • The Usual Suspects

    ★★★½

  • Election

    ★★★

  • The NeverEnding Story

    ★★★★½

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  • Exit to Eden

    Exit to Eden

    ★★½

    I was incredulous upon learning that this movie existed and incredulous while watching it. It’s not an original observation, but it’s safe to say that the well-produced soft core BDSM elements simply do not mix with the basically unfunny Aykroyd/O’Donnell buddy cop shenanigans. (Contemplate that sentence.) Sexiness and silliness can go together just fine, but it’s the fact that this movie’s A-plot is a sometimes uncomfortably earnest exploration of the importance of vulnerability that makes Ray Stantz doing bits in…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★½

    Visually ugly, with dated-looking color timing and unforgivable visual effects. It’s also completely choked with dialogue and exposition, shirking all opportunities for a contemplative moment in a movie that is three god damn hours long. There is simply not a deeply felt moment in this whole thing, though there’s definitely the pretense of such.

    I don’t really have a handle on what one is supposed to get out of a story like this to begin with, but in my opinion,…

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  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    ★★★★½

    I have fond memories of watching this by myself, but last night I had the immense privilege of hosting a screening for about 30 people, many of whom had never seen it, and I must say that nothing beats having an audience to laugh, groan, and wince with. An all-time feel-good crowd pleaser with blood geysers and head crushings. I love you, Riki-Oh.

    Programmed as part of the farewell festivities for my favorite place in the world, Viva Video.

  • The Indian in the Cupboard

    The Indian in the Cupboard

    Watched this with my family when it came out and I remember all of us being really distracted by how much the main kid flares his nostrils.