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Quick Daily Review #242: Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982)

October 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) Friday the 13th part 3 is one of my favorites of the entire franchise. My wife and I watched this in glorious 3D with the little cardboard glasses, and were having a laugh a minute. This movie has a lot of firsts for the series. Most iconically, it is the first film to have the killer dawn the legendary goalie’s mask. I say the killer because, and this may have just been an oversight, he is not named as Jason anywhere in the movie, (spoiler alert) although unlike part five, it is generally accepted canonically speaking to be Jason, and not some imposter. This [...]

Quick Daily Review #241: Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) If the first film in this series was “respectable schlock” this one was just pure schlock, and the series itself was still in the midst of finding its niche. Friday the 13th Part 2 is as straight of a by the numbers slasher flick as you could imagine. The introduction of the Jason Voorhees character (in unexplained grown up form) is the most historically relevant aspect of this movie, and of course, it is another direct rip-off from Halloween, perhaps even more direct this time out because adult Jason is, aside from a pillow sack instead of a spray painted [...]

Quick Daily Review #240: Friday The 13th (1980)

October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is a repost from the Fast Five series from last October. At the end of where we left off last time I will review F13 movies we didn’t get around to last year, as I’m making horror flicks the theme for October, so I wanted all of these to flow together. – Jules Friday the 13th (1980) I recently bought the entire F13 series on the cheap in several 5 dollar DVD double features, and the wife and I have been watching a couple every week. It is interesting now watching these movies that I used to stay up late watching as a kid. These movies were designed to be seen on dates, [...]

Quick Daily Review #239: Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004) Director: Quentin Tarintino Kill Bill Volume 2 is kind of the yin to Kill Bill Volume 1’s yang (or vice versa). Unlike the first film which was pretty much one action sequence after another with brief moments to set up the next ones, this movie stops occasionally to let the characters—even the villains have their moments of reverence to make their just desserts that much more meaningful/conflicted when they come about. Michael Madsen here has his second best role next only to his work in Reservoir Dogs as a trailer park cowboy ‘Budd’ who finds himself in [...]

Quick Daily Review #238: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003) Director: Quentin Tarintino Here is a movie that lives or dies on style alone. The story is as simple as it gets, and makes no pretense about existing as anything other than a device to bring us gobs and gobs of sword play and one liners. Uma Thurman is one pissed off Bride on a mission to skewer all the dirty SOBs who murdered her groom and left her for dead at the altar. There were so many aforementioned SOBs it turns out, that this process takes two movies to complete said revenge. We even have the classic set up of the wise old sage swordmaker who presents our [...]

Quick Daily Review #237: American Beauty (1999)

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

American Beauty (1999) Director: Sam Mendes This movie is to a dull suburbanite family existence, what Office Space was for a dull corporate office job—a fascinating glimpse at what it may be like to escape, with a reminder of the cost one would have to pay. People often forget that “American Beauty” is a comedy, because of how dark and deep it is willing to go, but it is, and at times a very funny one at that. It is also one of the most painfully human movies of my generation telling the story of a middle aged sad sap named Lester (Kevin Spacey) whose wife no longer respects [...]

Quick Daily Review #236: Cast Away (2000)

September 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cast Away (2000) Director: Robert Zemeckis This review contains spoilers. SPOILERS I SAY! If you haven’t seen it, just move it along here folks. Now, onto business. Cast Away is a great movie that could have been an even better movie, in my opinion, if they lopped off more from both the beginning and closing sections of the movie. Tom Hanks plays a UPS man who is every Tom Hanks cliché rolled into one, a sweet, loving, and generally well liked by everyone kind of guy. He has a fiancée that he is about to wed, before fate and his job put him on board a plane that crashes out in the middle [...]

Quick Daily Review #235: Gangs of New York (2002)

September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gangs of New York (2002) Director: Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York represents the kind of old school cinematic excess such as Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments, with massive sets and thousands of extras, but with a modern arsenal of special effects to give it a little extra oomph. Daniel Day Lewis plays Bill the Butcher, the old school gangster kingpin of New York in the 1860s. Lewis plays Bill as a shrewd politician, and brutal schemer. His performance, like in most of his films, is the movie. Leonardo Decaprio plays the son of the man who used to run the other biggest gang in New York [...]

Quick Daily Review #234: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Ben is a divorced screenwriter, recently fired, who has given up on life altogether. A chronic alcoholic, he has decided to take what money he has left and go to Vegas where he plans on drinking himself into an oblivion. Along the way he meets a Vegas hooker named Sera (Elizabeth Shoe) who takes pity on him, and he on her, and they begin a romance so emotionally raw and messed up that it makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a nursery rhyme. Nicholas Cage has starred in a ton of pointless, lousy movies. This is not one of them. This is far from a feel good movie, but [...]

Quick Daily Review #233: Road House (1989)

September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Road House (1989) Road House is one of the best lousy movies of all time. It can be enjoyed on many levels too, such as the “Plan 9 From Outer Space” laugh yourself silly at how lousy it is level, the standard “turn off your brain” action movie level, a time capsule of goofy 1980s clothing and hairstyles level, and even a pseudo philosophical level too! That’s more levels than they sell at your local hardware store. Anyway, the plot, for lack of a better term; The Double Deuce is the roughest, toughest, and ugliest bar in the entire southern United States. Hardly a night goes by [...]

Quick Daily Review #232: Cop Land (1997)

September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cop Land (1997) Cop Land is a film that could have easily been a long mini-series with all its got going on in the plot. Garrison, New Jersey in this movie is a town populated entirely by NY city cops. It’s a nice quiet little community, as you would expect, and mortgages are quite reasonable; plus it sure as hell beats living in the same dump they all have to work in. This is so thanks to “Uncle Ray” the boss of the town— a mobbed up cop played by Harvey Keitel. In a town populated by cops, the actual police force is there more or less for show. It’s a do nothing job bestowed [...]

Quick Daily Review #231: Pleasantville (1998)

September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Pleasantville (1998) David Wagner (Tobey Maquire) seems like the kind of teenager I used to be back in the 90s, that being a teenager obsessed with the past and especially the culture of bygone eras, in his case the 1950s, opting to spend hours in front of the TV watching old reruns instead of engaging in the shallow culture he finds outside. Only instead of Andy Griffith or I Love Lucy he is addicted to reruns of a classic TV show called “Pleasantville,” set in a much simpler place and time where everyone adheres to the rules of 1950s TV sitcoms—dinner is always served at [...]
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