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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Casablanca
  • Life of Brian
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  • TerrorVision

    ★★½

  • The Roadhouse Murder

    ★★

  • On the Beach

    ★½

  • No Blade of Grass

    ★★½

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  • Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    Voyage of the Rock Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Every so often, I see a movie that I can't wait to watch again, and that I can't wait to show to other people. Voyage of the Rock Aliens is one of those, and I'm amazed that I've never heard of this movie before.

    This movie has everything, it's set in the 80s with some retro elements (beyond Ruth Gordon), aliens, rock music, and a few other things I'm not mentioning specifically to avoid the spoilers (which is why this…

  • Big Man Japan

    Big Man Japan

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There are no words I know that can adequately describe this movie, which does make a review rather difficult, all in all.

    There's such a strange level of contrast between the first 5 minutes of this film, where it has the feel of a low-budget indie documentary following around a somewhat reserved guy discussing the advantages of collapsible umbrellas while riding the bus to the last 5 or 10 minutes of movie in utter absurdity. They don't look like they…

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  • TerrorVision

    TerrorVision

    ★★½

    Disappointingly, my big problem with TerrorVision is that this is simply not a weird enough movie. That's not that this isn't weird, it certainly is. But it really needed to lean in more and it needed to be weirder and it needed to be funnier. So much of this movie feels like it may be a demonstration of why films have punch-up writers, because this just needed a lot to elevate it. There's some decent scenes and some particularly weird…

  • The Roadhouse Murder

    The Roadhouse Murder

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If this has nothing else going for it, The Roadhouse Murder may be the oldest movie yet that I've seen the line "you can't fire me, I quit" show up in and it has me wondering where the first occurrence of that in film is. Taking possible answers here.

    The whole movie has one idea, of an idiot that decides to frame himself to get a better newspaper story, and then it utterly botches that idea. He's not at all…

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  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★★

    I enjoy that Christine really does function as a compelling film on two different levels... on one level it's a story about obsession and a cautionary tale about letting material things take too much focus away from interpersonal relationships. On the other level, it's a sentient car that kills people. They're both compelling stories.

    Christine entwines these two things as it follows Arnie (Keith Gordon), a nerdy high schooler who is dead set on his first car being a fairly…

  • Grand Central Murder

    Grand Central Murder

    ★★★

    I'm somewhat surprised that this was based on a novel and not a play, because this uses the 'single room' settings so much (and then just has people talk about other things that happened earlier) that I figured this must've had been a play. Which isn't to criticise too much about that, because I don't mind that approach. If anything, it struggled more trying to get to that because it threw so many characters at me so fast that I…