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Re-Animator
March 5, 2007 – 6:05 AM | Comments Off on Re-Animator

It's probably really wrong that 1) Jeffrey Combs reminds me of Stephen Colbert and 2) that's part of why I loved the movie, but hey, I gotta be me. Plus the pervy zombie head is …

Ray
March 5, 2007 – 6:04 AM | Comments Off on Ray

I like Jamie Foxx a lot, and this is impressive work, especially the singing; he's getting the Oscar for sure. But the movie pointed up the problem with all bio-pics, which is that the movie …

Queens Logic
March 5, 2007 – 6:04 AM | Comments Off on Queens Logic

No movie with a scene in which John Malkovich 1) gets pelted with fish, then 2) disses Terry Kinney can be all bad, but this one is pretty damn bad. It's derivative, it tries too …

Quarterback Princess
March 5, 2007 – 6:03 AM | Comments Off on Quarterback Princess

Words cannot describe how much I loved this movie as a kid; I probably watched it twenty times, and it always gave me that "FUCK yeah!" feeling in my stomach. Well, I watched it again, …

Punchline
March 5, 2007 – 6:03 AM | Comments Off on Punchline

Yeah, I know. It's a fucking awful movie, but I remembered it for some reason as being not only 1) fairly funny in spots but 2) a lot better than people gave it credit for. …

The Poseidon Adventure
March 5, 2007 – 6:02 AM | Comments Off on The Poseidon Adventure

The grandpappy of disaster movies, and I have to say, we've seen all these tropes before, but 1) it's because this movie gave birth to many of them, 2) it still works, and 3) what …

Poltergeist
March 5, 2007 – 6:02 AM | Comments Off on Poltergeist

Not as scary as I remembered, although it's got its share of jump scenes — and more likeable, actually. There's always a decision made, from a writing standpoint, on how much time to spend on …

Pirates of the Caribbean — The Curse of the Black Pearl
March 5, 2007 – 6:01 AM | Comments Off on Pirates of the Caribbean — The Curse of the Black Pearl

Good fun, although 1) I should have seen it on the big screen and 2) it should have been 10-15 minutes shorter. Still: "Me eye!" [scrabble scrabble] Hee. (9/1/06)

A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
March 5, 2007 – 6:00 AM | Comments Off on A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

My Netflix list swelled by about fifty movies after watching it; I really liked it, but sometimes he doesn't do the best job of explaining why a given film clip illustrates the point he's trying …

The Passion of the Christ
March 5, 2007 – 6:00 AM | One Comment

Wow. It's not a movie, exactly; it's more of a video installation of a passion play. Gibson really likes him some slo-mo, and the gore does cross the line into absurdity at times (more than …