pablocatepetl has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Not Quite Human

    Not Quite Human

    ★★

    This is a Disney Channel original movie from the 80s. It follows a brilliant scientist/white bread suburban dad who creates a lifelike humanoid robot that resembles a 17-year old boy. The robot’s name is Chip. The inventor sends Chip to school with his daughter, trying to keep him safe from evil businessmen trying to reprogram him for violence. Hijinx ensues. Sort of. For all the comedic potential of the silly premise, much is left untapped. Typical robot jokes of overly-literal…

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    ★★

    Oh wow. Everything people say about John Waters’ movies is true: they’re trashy, amateur, campy, tasteless, obscene, pointless. But somehow... it works! This movie is super entertaining to watch, at least for the first fifteen minutes once you get a sense of its filmic novelty.

    This story follows a Manson family-esque caravan as they go on all sorts of weird, nonsensical adventures. It’s pretty transgressive and radical. The type of in-your-face humor that Kevin Smith would later on get praised…

  • The Society of the Spectacle

    The Society of the Spectacle

    ★★

    A good filmmaker, DeBord is not. Just read the little book instead! This style of polemic-philosophical monologue imposed over scattered visuals of excessive media and societal decay was improved upon greatly by Chris Marker in Grin Without a Cat and by Fernando Solanas in The Hour of the Furnaces, and countless other films from this film’s release date forward.

  • Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

    Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

    ★★

    Dull, uninspired interpretation of Mark Twain’s characters. Very much in the Hallmark Channel school of filmmaking. Tom and Huck look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a mid-2000s issue of Tiger Beat.

    Val Kilmer plays Mark Twain. I believe this was shot around the time of his illness. I appreciate him putting a valiant effort into this performance, especially since I know Twain is a very important role to him. But he’s hidden underneath so much make-up, and his voice has been overdubbed by another actor, so he’s practically unrecognizable.

  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    ★★

    A seminal piece of documentary filmmaking. Breathtaking sports photography. A painterly masterpiece of montage. Technically flawless in every way.

    But there’s way too many shots of Hitler and the swastika in close-up. The movie loses a few points for that.

  • The View From Here

    The View From Here

    ★★

    There’s a moment in the film where a harsh food critic tells our chef protagonist that if he’d never given his restaurant a bad review, he wouldn’t have felt challenged to get better. I agree! And while I don’t want to trash a crew that put the effort into making a whole indie romance feature, you got to do better than this! Flat cinematography, dull locations and low-energy performances fueled by uninspired dialogue. This movie made me wish I was watching James Nguyen’s low-budget San Francisco-set romance ‘Julie and Jack’ instead, something I never thought I’d say.

  • Day of the Animals

    Day of the Animals

    ★★

    Dull, uninspired, ‘when animals attack’ disaster movie. I didn’t think it was possible for the great Leslie Nielsen to be such a flat, generic, charisma-vacuum, but this film certainly proved me wrong.

  • The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

    The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

    ★★

    I’m Casey Kasem, and this is one of America’s top Bruce Dern starring schlock films.

  • Julie & Jack

    Julie & Jack

    ★★

    If you are expecting another ‘Birdemic’ level masterpiece here, you will be disappointed. That said, despite the stiff acting, ugly cinematography, awkward editing, hokey music, non existent art direction, and overall cheap, amateurish filmmaking on display, the film is kind of charming and interesting. It’s an interesting Vertigo/proto San Junipero pastiche with an endearing DIY, home movie, guerilla style to it. I enjoyed it, but can only suggest one watch it with the amazing Rifftrax commentary that corresponds to it.