• Candy

    Candy

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Back in 1980 a suburban white woman aptly named Candy gave her neighbor and friend forty whacks with an axe. I knew of this story because of a tv movie called Killing in a Small Town. Barbara Hershey won an Emmy for playing Candy. Anyway, Jessica Biel is very good as Candy as well. Here we dive deeper, uncomfortably close. Nick Antosca and Robin Veith create such a suffocating suburbanite environment. It's a freaking nightmare. All the cast is solid, production wise too, the period and all the details from 80 are top notch. Nice one for the whole family.

  • Our Father

    Our Father

    ★★★★

    Jeez...that's...you know, that's f'd up!

  • A Violent Separation

    A Violent Separation

    ★★

    The Goetz Brothers want to thrill you, sort of, with a murder cover up in a small town USA circa 1984. Some nice acting sprinkled here and there. As satisfying as two day old pizza.

  • Language Lessons

    Language Lessons

    ★★★★

    There's real warmth, natural dialogue and enough charisma behind Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass in this here dramedy. Not superficial, digs deep enough, surprising, liked it. A lot.

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    The best action picture from the 80s. Period.

  • Shaft

    Shaft

    ★★★★

    This is a highly entertaining crime film from the late John Singleton. A nice reboot with Jackson at his most motherfucking best. Sometimes Jackson is too much in this role but that's ok. A stacked cast with a duo of really slimy villains played with really dangerous charm by Christian Bale and Jeffrey Wright. Walter Wade, rich kid killer and Dominican drug kingpin Peoples Hernandez. Their scenes together are brilliant, thrilling and ultimately unintentionally funny. Peoples proposition to be part…

  • Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes

    Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes

    ★★★★

    Gacy became famous when in 1980 police found close to 30 corpses underneath his house. He dressed as a clown, successful career, killed young men and had a couple of okay tv movies. Here we dive deeper into what happened. Man, it was horrific. Another Netflix murder show? Yes. Its a good one. Towards the end there even manages to be quite moving amongst the most unpleasant events. Hearing that creature whine, boast and talk crap is upsetting. Informative, scary, disturbing. The one statement when he says the bodies were his property shocked me.

  • Hard to Kill

    Hard to Kill

    ★½

    Highly anticipated second Seagal movie has him as a cop gunned down, his wife killed and now he's out for revenge after waking up from a 7 year coma. Starts in the year of our lord 1983, its made clearly because we're watching the Oscars when Ben Kingsley won Best Actor Oscar for Ghandi and that night Seagal and wife are shot. Some fights are fun, the humor is tasteless and fuckin dumb and the acting sucks all up and down this dumb sonofabitch.

  • Above the Law

    Above the Law

    ★★★★

    Listen man, when I saw this one back in 88 I was like...this guy is amazing, the future of action cinema! Yes, I thought that. Seagal is magnetic in his screen debut thanks to fine action direction by Andrew Davis. Nico Toscani is a tough mammaluco from Chicago. Some of the neighborhood drug dealers and corrupt officials are involved with enemies from Nico's past. The action scenes are all standouts. The bar, the diner scene, the deli, bloody shootouts, lots…

  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    ★★★★

    Forgot how good and rewarding this film still is after 22 years. Roberts shines as real life Erin bouncing from job to job she lands on the office of lawyer Ed Masry( the late Finney in a gem of a performance). She asks him if she can look into a box of pro bono work, bunch of files, rifle through it, yeah, no problem. Erin starts digging and uncovers a conspiracy by a powerful company and a community made sicker…

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★★

    I'm team this movie here.

  • Castle in the Ground

    Castle in the Ground

    ★★★½

    A guy is caring for his terminally ill mom and he replaces one tragedy for another when he becomes friends with a drug fiend called Ana played by the great Imogen Poots. Welcome to the never ending search for Oxy and hard drugs. In crack houses, streetcorners, lowly lit apartments. Wolff and the rest of the cast are good but Poots is acring MVP. She plays a great druggie. Always wanting to do something. That something is drugs all the time. Always asking for $20. Nice drug drama from Canada.