"Take the son of bitches up to Capitan Mountain and blow their brains out. What do you say, Steve?"
To Catch a Thief 1955
Probably the least thrilling Hitchcock thriller I have come across thus far. For a film called To Catch A Thief, their isn't nearly enough actual catching of thieves and, in fact, the scene where we see the capture of the titular thief feels fairly anti-climactic and tacked on. Instead we are mostly given a cat and mouse romance between two of the era's most high wattage celebrities. Sadly the chemistry between them is decidedly low wattage. Who'd have thunk that…
I really figured I'd like this. That old VHS box with the Demon on the cover has haunted my dreams for decades. It was probably just that reason that I never got around to seeing it. But after years of reading glowing reviews and people telling me I had to see Demons I finally broke down and watched it. And honestly... it wasn't for me. It's like a really fucked up game of "Yes, And" played by twelve year olds.…
Open Range 2003
No idea why it took me twenty years to get around to seeing this one, but damn glad I finally did. In a cinematic world of constantly raised stakes, a special effects arms race and stories determined to subvert expectations or "mystery box" it all to hell, how nice is it to see a film that is just a simple story told and performed excellently? Nothing about Open Range is new, but it feels fresh. Even watching it twenty years…
Ms .45 1981
I can feel an Abel Ferrara streak coming after this one. I've seen King of New York and Bad Lieutenant ages ago, but my memory is hazy on both. Ms .45 was just a grime and sleaze masterpiece. This may be the apex of gritty NYC cinema. Modern film is so gentrified, slick and uninspired that you forget there are voices as singular as Ferrara and I can't wait to dig deeper. Can't remember the last time I was this jazzed after seeing a new film.