LETHAL WEAPON [1987] movie review

August 31, 2012

One of the things that appeals to me most about movies is how they can capture and freeze forever a period of time. It may be a Hollywood-ized to one degree or another version of that time, but nonetheless it is an opportunity to transport back to say, 1987, which was when LETHAL WEAPON was released. Even though there was no an overt 80s feel to the movie, its production values were totally of its time. [Read more]

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN [1952] movie review

August 25, 2012

I am not a fan of musicals, and was moved to watch SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN [1952] because I listened to commentary about the movie’s 60th anniversary earlier today, so I thought if I was ever going to watch it, now would be the time. [Read more]

JAWS [1975] movie review

August 24, 2012

Perhaps there is no other movie like JAWS [1975] I have ever seen for remembering so many small details, like how Brody’s foot slips on the sidewall of the boat, for example.  Perhaps there is no movie in history in general that burns into a viewer’s mind like JAWS.  This is another of Steven Spielberg’s flawless masterpieces. [Read more]

ANGEL AND THE BADMAN [1947] movie review

August 19, 2012

Much to my delight, I am still able to uncover hidden western gems like ANGEL AND THE BADMAN starring John Wayne no less.  Why this western of his is not more well known I have no idea as it is certainly one of his best and definitely a classic black & white western that has all the elements I look for in a western (saloon scene, rock formation cinematography, tough hombre in the lead role). [Read more]

MOTHRA VS GODZILLA [1964] movie review Godzilla vs The Thing

August 18, 2012

MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA [1964] is a movie that has haunted me for 30 years.  I can clearly remember when I first saw it as a young child, that it crushed me that my childhood hero, Godzilla, could be defeated by two larvae just shooting cob webs onto him!  I could not accept it.  For 30 years I could not.  I thought, why did Godzilla not use his thermonuclear breath more?  Why couldn’t he just rip off the webbing?  I anxiously rewatched the movie this afternoon hoping for answers to these questions.  Thankfully, I got them as viewing the movie with a more skilled movie watching mind, I could understand there were mitigating factors. [Read more]

ADVENTURELAND [2008] movie review

August 17, 2012

I really think people make movies like ADVENTURELAND (2008) just so they can put together a killer soundtrack. If you take away the music from ADVENTURELAND and populate it only with a score, and not beloved 80s era songs that make those of us who grew up in the decade feel transported and enthralled, then it would be just an awkward downer summer romance about basically drug addicts that pass as typical college kids. [Read more]