Chris Sienko

"I didn't know you liked The Delfonics."
"...they're pretty good."

Favorite films

  • California Split
  • Putney Swope
  • The Conversation
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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  • Festival Express

    ★★★½

  • Big Meat Eater

    ★★

  • Desk Set

    ★★★★½

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★★

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  • Festival Express

    Festival Express

    ★★★½

    Each parental visit requires its own mitigation strategies. When it's my mom, we watch inoffensive comedies. When it's her husband Walt, we watch Westerns. When it's my dad, we watch music docs.

    This is a story I hadn't heard before, a post-Woodstock attempt to bring Woodstock acts to audiences across Canada, town by town, via a train stocked with booze, drugs, amps, and fueled by big all-night tweaker energy. Attempts to break even are scuppered in the usual late-'60s ways…

  • Big Meat Eater

    Big Meat Eater

    ★★

    The video box for this leered at me all through my youth. Only one of the four video rentals in Saginaw had it, and that made it all the more ominous. When I finally summoned up the nerve to rent it, I was hammered by intentionally bad songs, intentionally cheap special effects, intentionally bad jokes, and a pace that was too sluggish for my low attention span brain at the time. But I always thought about it, and wondered recently…

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  • The Night of the Iguana

    The Night of the Iguana

    ★★★★½

    Another blessedly overheated Tennessee Williams orchestration, not quite on the psychotic color spectrum as "BOOM," but damn, not that far away, either. Richard Burton at his sweatiest thrashes and winces, his unconvincing priestliness tested within minutes of the open credits, his sermon breaking down into accusations of a congregation that wants to see him fail, wants to nail him to a cross, yelling and gesticulation and driving them out through the front door like Jesus expelling the moneymen from the…

  • Bad Girls

    Bad Girls

    ★★★★½

    At one point in his highly informative, even instructive, director’s commentary, Chris Bickel wishes aloud that he had been able to keep up the breakneck momentum of the first 20 minutes of the film throughout. Not me! One of the reasons I rate this so highly is precisely because of the film’s slowdown and the time given to just linger with the characters. For a film that wears its influences so far up on its sleeve (Miike, Araki, Russ Meyer,…