• Narc

    Narc

    ★★★★½

    A lean, mean motherfucker of a movie. Has to be one of the rawest, bleakest and grittiest cop dramas out there. As if Carnahan time travelled to the seventies to shoot this. Killer opening sequence that immediately sets the tone, Jason Patric comes close to a young Al Pacino and Ray Liotta, well, perhaps he was born for this part. Not stable is putting it mildly. Intimidating is more like it. And highly so. A ticking timebomb from the moment…

  • Swordfish

    Swordfish

    ★★★

    Sunny hacker thriller dressed up in gold and video clip aesthetics. Great cast, a couple of scenes that are hard to forget and Travolta (love the hairdo, John!) enjoying himself as the bad guy. But as a whole; I don't know. Something that has a helicopter fishing for traffic should be more fun than Swordfish ultimately is. Can't really put my finger on why that is. As if the movie sometimes forgets how ridiculous it is. Or maybe it's me.…

  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★★

    A briskly paced, MacGuffin driven action thriller backed by a mostly serviceable script with all the ingredients one could wish for. Like huge car chases and thrilling shoot-outs. On fabulous locations, I might add. Paris obviously, Nice with its narrow streets and limestone surroundings, the Arles Amphitheatre and, back in Paris, Le Zénith; it's like a little trip to France. Can't do that without visiting a bistro of course. The movie begins there, with a gathering, and what an opening…

  • The Hunted

    The Hunted

    ★★

    As a Friedkin film featuring TLJ and BDT it disappoints, as an actioner with not much more ambition than being an actioner, it's not so bad. The tracking stuff is nicely done. And not just in Mother Nature's greenhouse, also in the urban jungle. A change of scenery that prevents the movie from becoming monotonous. The Filipino combat and knife techniques add a distinct flavour as well. BDT doesn't, unfortunately. A bland character. TLJ on the other hand makes the…

  • The 51st State

    The 51st State

    ★★★½

    Any movie that puts a big American in a Mini Cooper is a fun movie in my book. Ronny Yu doing a Guy Ritchie thing with enough (visual) flair and craziness to get away with it. A fast paced and foul mouthed crime comedy starring Robert Carlyle, who acts like he just downed a serious amount of doppios. He even outswears Mr. Motherfucker himself. Nice dress, Sammy! An enjoyable pair that easily carries the movie, but also gets quite some…

  • Blade: Trinity

    Blade: Trinity

    You'd expect a franchise to mature, this one goes in the exact opposite direction. A movie for 12 year olds (max) with questionable taste (min). Everything is done so over the top, that the results are totally counterproductive. Every villain tries so hard, it hurts watching them. Danica and her crew (but especially her) are just insufferable. Comic book characters, bad ones, that don't know they're in a movie. Speaking of which, Jessica Biel would be a great comic book…

  • Wild Things

    Wild Things

    ★★★★

    No shame and lots of confidence, that about sums up Wild Things for me. You gotta love mom Van Ryan. How she responds to the whole rape thing at the police station is just hilarious. Her daughter Kelly has a killer joke too. In mom's car. And both of them (want to) fuck the same guy. It's that kind of film. What makes this works so well is the tone of the whole thing. It's only a movie and it…

  • Spookies

    Spookies

    ★★★

    Name one thing dumber than entering an abandoned house located in the middle of a graveyard. That's right. Playing with an Ouija board inside that house. One more? Getting into a fistfight with a fella while everything known to Satan is trying to end your ass. Yes, Spookies has some of the biggest boneheads ever to appear on screen and that's probably part of its winning charm. I had some trouble getting into this silly mess, but when the chess…

  • 30 Days of Night

    30 Days of Night

    Way worse than I remembered. I did recall the awful overly dramatic ending, but as it turned out, getting there isn't a lot of bloody fun either. Not anymore anyway. I pressed play for the horror, not for the relationship crap between two babyfaces that have no business being in this film in the first place. Am I really supposed to believe Josh Hartnett and Melissa George are the law and order of this rough and rugged Alaskan town? Come…

  • Blade II

    Blade II

    ★★★

    Highs and lows. The lowest of them all: the end of the fight early on, between Blade and Nyssa. About as fluent as a Tom & Jerry brawl. That's not martial arts, that's animated arts. Other lows include pretty much every time the movie reminds you of its source material. The look-at-me-being-dangerous performances and the clunky dialogue; it's not for me and the story is simply embarrassing at times. The twists, the family thing, the ending; David S. Goyer strikes again…

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★★★

    The heat is on! Neutron Dance during the big truck chase. Nasty Girl in the striptease bar. Good stuff. Powerful soundtrack. And Harold Faltermeyer's music gives it a distinct flavour. All so recognizable and it hasn't lost much of its appeal over the years. Perhaps because it isn't all about Eddie Murphy. Taggart and Rosewood deserve a movie of their own. So to speak anyway. Judge Reinhold's naive facial expressions, even when he's in the background of a scene, are…

  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★½

    From a time when comedy came from characters and the situation they're in instead of actors performing on a tiring overdrive and/or reciting stand-up one-liners. Props to the casting department, they couldn't have done a better job. Sure, Joe Pesci is the MVP, but the support he gets is just phenomenal. Everybody seems to find the perfect tone for their role. Fred Gwynne totally nails it as the judge and Marisa Tomei, oh my. Engaging from start to finish and endlessly rewatchable; My Cousin Vinny never disappoints. One of the most delightful films I know.