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  • Detour

    Detour

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

    What a warped little picture this. One moment, you're just riding along as Al Roberts is just trying to hitch across the west to go see his gal. That was the plan, but plans are broken and altered throughout the story. With such a short run time, it's an easy watch for even those with drifting attention spans. There's not a lot of white hat characters in this universe. Maybe none.

  • Uncle Drew

    Uncle Drew

    Laughed way more in this movie than just about any other comedy of the last few years. It didn't try to be some great thinking movie. It just made jokes. And I laughed. Old school comedy. No need for raunch or working blue.

  • Can't Hardly Wait

    Can't Hardly Wait

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

    There were so many people in this movie that I know and love now. Donald Faison. Jaime Pressly. Jenna Elfman as an stripper angel. Come on. I still loved it and laughed throughout. The other adult in the room did not find it as humorous on her first viewing. Maybe it's just one of those had to be there movies. 2, count them 2, Third Eye Blind songs in the movie. That's bonus points from me. TRIP MCNEELY! Greatness.

  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    So, if you dig the serial killer genre, this is right up your alley. What a strange world the 70's were. The judge...oh man that judge. I hope his grandkids are better human beings than he is. No way his kids were. They lived too close to that terribly broken and simple dummy. Also, the Iceman killer tapes are way more terrifying than this. But really good doc.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    What a wonderful comedy. It doesn't have to be compared to anything (ie Superbad) to be a truly funny movie all on its own. The performances were pitch perfect for the characters. F**k Boi (Skyler Gisondo) is just the best. What a loveable goof.

  • Rope

    Rope

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

    Even after all this time, the suspense still holds up. It is more of a stage play than a movie, but that doesn't take away from the tension in the story. There certainly are some good shots. That of the chest as a kind of ticking bomb waiting to go off. Jimmy Stewart is mesmerizing as always. The arrogance of the character flies off the screen.

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    I loved this movie so much I named my first company Whackbat. The characters are all amazing. George Clooney's voice is as gold as his face. I can't imagine the time it took to create this kind of animation. Hats off to Wes Anderson for that.

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    Was fine. A better rom-com than most. Definitely laughed enough for the watch to be worth it. And that's about it.

  • Spun

    Spun

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

    What a trip into drug-fueled madness. The editing on this movie was a precursor to all the fast choppy editing that has been happening in the ensuing decade and a half. There really is no character John Leguizamo can't do. From the opening scene, the lost drugs situation, all the way through, he is a wonderfully crazy madman. Patrick Fugit went as far away from his Almost Famous character to play Frisbee. Mickey Rourke should show up in every film and just do odd and weird things. He definitely should have opened a window in that motel room though.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    How this movie doesn't get nominated for academy awards is beyond me. It's not a perfect movie, but for directing alone it should be there. There is no way there were 5 more difficult directing jobs than doing this movie. With the stunt work and Tom Cruise and the franchise. Come on.

  • Cop Land

    Cop Land

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

    A disappoint when it was first released into theaters, Cop Land is a gem that has grown better with age. The story about a town, just on the other side of the river from the big city, and the one cop that is supposed to keep all the other police residents of the town in check. Fat Sylvester might be the best acting Sylvester there is. It was a crime he didn't at least get nominated for his work in…

  • Kill the Messenger

    Kill the Messenger

    Such an underreported story. Gary Webb the journalist who uncovered the shady dealings of the American government with Noriega and his rebels. Jeremy Renner kills it as the Gary. He paints a portrait of man's life on the downhill spiral after he begins to learn the truth about what our government is capable of doing.