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  • Vice Academy Part 3

    ★★★½

  • The City

    ★★★★★

  • Hot Pepper

    ★★★★★

  • Defending Your Life

    ★★★★★

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  • Vice Academy Part 3

    Vice Academy Part 3

    ★★★½

    The pinnacle of the VICE ACADEMY movies. And I haven't even seen 4, 5, and 6.

    Boobs and Big Hair meet with G-rated dialogue and Three Stooges-level silliness. Ginger Lynn does not disrobe.

    But with production values—at least compared to the first two movies in the series.

    You don't think women's prison activities include a sack race? Think again.

    Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray.

  • The City

    The City

    ★★★★★

    A lot to absorb. Pure Americana, the folly of early city development in the US, a proposal that seems both idyllic and Ayn Rand-esque. But mostly, a document of American history at its finest. Miracle film.

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Anytime, anywhere. For my money, Spielberg made 5 perfect films, and this one is at the top. Not a wasted shot, pitch perfect casting, pitch perfect dialogue. No sentimental hokum, and a Mamet ending.

    I find when talking to others that the legacy of this film (in terms of "inventing the summer blockbuster," "shark movie," etc.) tends to overshadow what a finely crafted thriller it, so much so that it I think it might be called one of the few "creature" films of the 1970s with an auteur stamp.

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece.

    As much as in her legendary performance in FAT CITY, Susan Tyrell takes this completely insane horror hayride to the next level. It would have been a fine movie without her, more than likely, but she gives it life.

    I have asked three cinephile friends for their theories on the the family history here, and have gotten three different answers.

    Code Red blu-ray.