• Sparkler

    Sparkler

    ★★★★

    A pretty charming and surprisingly non-mean spirited indie film from the late 90s. Darren Stein gives Park Overall, Veronica Cartwright and Grace Zabriskie the loving treatment they deserve.

  • Hackers

    Hackers

    ★★

    This should have been a rollerblading musical

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    John Travolta’s wardrobe is absolutely perfect.

  • Ticket of No Return

    Ticket of No Return

    ★★★★½

    Teeters on the line of pretentious and campy with a little bit of nihilism in just the way I like. I was immediately in as soon as Tabea Blumenschein (who designed all her clothes) steps off her Pan-Am flight… I was 100% in. The whole film feels sorta in conversation with what Cristina was doing around that time with her disco no-wave pastiche stuff in NYC.

  • Of Unknown Origin

    Of Unknown Origin

    ★★★

    A very terrifying series of extreme rat close-ups montages over loud screeching noises. That birthday cake scene tho!!

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★★

    Is this the most perfect Vincent Price movie?

  • Ruby

    Ruby

    ★★★

    Feels like Curtis Harrington got full access to a rundown Florida Drive-In Theater and was given money to do an Exorcist rip-off so he hired Piper Laurie to put on red gowns, booze it up, and do his faded 30s Hollywood bidding. AND THAT!… is what you call AN AUTEUR!

  • Susan Slade

    Susan Slade

    ★★★½

    This is the Delmer Davies where Troy Donahue does NOT wear a red sweater, and the film kinda suffers for that. But that burning baby picks up a lot the slack and leaves you riding high once the credits roll.

  • Who's That Girl

    Who's That Girl

    ★★★

    Somehow gets more charming as the years pass. I mean as a vehicle for a massive pop star, you could do worse than a Bringing Up Baby homage paired with Griffin Dunne (a total babe!). If someone would have told Madonna to dial it down 3 or 4 notches…

  • Modesty Blaise

    Modesty Blaise

    ★★½

    This is most fun when Monica Vitti or Dirk Bogarde are on a set with bright colored furniture and/or Op-Art wallpaper - luckily, that’s most of the time. Probably better experienced with the sound down at a party and your own records providing the soundtrack as the series of events and dialogue don’t really add up to a plot. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    File Under: Movies I want to watch at The Madonna Inn.

  • Women in Love

    Women in Love

    ★★★★

    Name a more Iconic Rug in all of cinema than that in Gerald’s study.

  • Big Brown Eyes

    Big Brown Eyes

    ★★★½

    Joan Bennett and Cary Grant have a very charming oddball chemistry that works better than the script which has them fighting the whole time their together just because that's what characters like this do in these movies. And the gangsters are kind of offbeat too, shooting babies in the park, obsessing over lillies, getting manicuers at the neighborhood salon. Very lavender mafia...

    This is my second film with Joan Bennett in her blonde era, and she's great! I thought I…