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  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    ★★★

    I like when Trish the hatter fits Jason's head with a 20-inch TV. When the ready-and-willing twin for Crispin Glover is defenestrated. Otherwise just not feeling the murder vibes. This macho man out hunting Jason is the dumbest, or possibly he's a teen slasher fetishist who just wants a good view of the carnage, or to be hacked by Jason himself, the very same who corkscrewed his bro-sis-whoever. People ARE strange. "Are there any people around here? Like teenagers?" He…

  • Wolfen

    Wolfen

    ★★★½

    Whether its cops, coroners, or wolf experts, a gallows humor reigns over this procedural that has everyone confused---except audiences, who know everything, just about, from the start---about some disparate seeming murders in NYC. Love the first half while the second meanders, wasting time wandering the south Bronx wasteland. It's cool, for sure, but come on let's go.

    There's a message in here about technology failing us; I love that little spy room that the police have geared up to include…

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  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★★

    Pop-song of a werewolf movie goes for the throat. I wonder what effects would come from reversing the usage of "Blue Moon," moving that wild Marcels' version to open things. At the end seems cruel. That might be Landis. Not that it doesn't work.

    Best opening 15 minutes of any horror film? You know everything---two horny dudes about to take Europe by sex and storm. One not as horny as the other, but that will change thanks to some "nocturnal…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

    Second viewing and this time lots more fun and my type of movie. The dreamwork elements a lot clearer along with the knowledge that the plot---which snakes along like L.A. streets Sunset Bl or Mulholland Dr---is hardly the point. Each new scene and tidbit of info leads to more wild connections to our detecting hero who, as far as I can tell, might not be conscious for most of the story. Phoenix makes him a fun follow, his face contorting…