• River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★

    one of those movies i’d gotten to know secondhand through cultural references, particularly the dialogue being sampled in a few different hardcore/punk bands’ songs (dystopia’s “love // hate” being the one that really comes to mind). upon actually watching it i was struck by how messy it actually was, but it’s still quite good.

    definitely was written without a true sense of what it was actually trying to say (the vaguely characterized ex-radical teacher was kind of a step in…

  • Deep Rising

    Deep Rising

    ★★★★

    a hell of a lot of fun, great dialogue, casting, kills, and sommers's self-conscious style elevate it a cut above being the alien(s) ripoff i guess it's been accused of being. i'd watch an entire film on the mercenary crew by itself, and idk, i really liked the little touches like the shotgun pumping at the end.

    that said, the cgi is pretty awful, there's a bit of repetition in the last act, but its so damn entertaining for what it is that all that is forgivable. definitely deserves a better rep within the b movie canon.

  • Society

    Society

    ★★★★

    had this on my list for years and man it did not disappoint. a truly effective piece of horror. genuinely nightmarish from start to finish, builds this supreme sense of unease into that last act. more than enough people have accurately described what the film leads to but the less you know going in the better.


    and all the while, the laughter at the insanity you’re watching gets stuck in your throat when you realize that the satire/allegory/whatever the fuck…

  • The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy

    ★★★

    I’d been meaning to watch this for years, and I wasn’t quite disappointed - I have a feeling this one will grow on me as time goes by with more than enough incredible sequences (the bathroom scene alone is worth watching the movie for). It hits all the notes you’d want and many lines will stick with me
    forever. Stiller makes his mark here as well with some great casting decisions, for example. 

    Big problem though is that the movie…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    cary hiroyuki tagawa steals the film, the whole movie needed to be as over the top as his performance. definitely stupid enough but not as much as you’d hope. love that fucking theme song though.

  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★★

    a whole lot of fun - hilarious, nicely subversive, incredible kills/effects, charming performances (love beau billingslea’s goofy lines at the end). one of those movies i wish i’d seen a long time ago, and definitely something i’ll be revisiting when i have 90 minutes to kill.

    only real criticism i’d have is that there did seem to be a few rough edits in the first half of the movie, i’d bet there was a decent amount left on the cutting room floor.

  • The Mask

    The Mask

    ★★★★

    Watched this when I was 5, thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever seen, then never saw it again until now. I think I laughed just as much as I did then. It works much better than anyone could necessarily imagine, there's something really fun and unique about the production and performances - I mean, really I could just list off little things like the mullet-ponytailed henchmen, the boss torturing Zed with the golf tee, Richard Jeni's strangely magnetic performance, the senator from the Sopranos doing the detective thing, with Jim Carrey never-better just barrelling through it all... just really worked for me.

  • Dinner for Schmucks

    Dinner for Schmucks

    ★★★

    this one always surprises me, it's much funnier than it has any right to be. jemaine clement steals every scene he's in, and he has a great dynamic with carell. carell as a whole is great, watching this back to back with step brothers it was interesting how much funnier i found his kind of idiot man-child thing than ferrell and reilly's, at least in this viewing. and a couple really great setpieces.

    just very overlong, didn't care about rudd's…

  • Step Brothers

    Step Brothers

    ★★★

    not as funny as i'd remembered it being... maybe i've just seen it way too many times. this time around richard jenkins came across as by far the funniest part of the movie, a lot of really great more subtle humor from him.