|60 35%||It's Alive (1974) - Jan 19, 2020
"It's the best pro-abstinence PSA I've ever seen. That being said, for a film like this, I don't think it's too much to want a little baby murder by the end."
|60 35%||The Captive City (1952) - Jan 19, 2020
"A serviceable noir-esk that doesn't bring too much to the table. There are plenty of other films from the era that tackle all the elements better. Personally, it's pretty tame without much tension. The city's atmosphere, while talked up a lot, never feels like a real character in the story. Its moral stance and eventual win against corruption ultimately make this boring and predictable film."
|30 8%||The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) - Jan 18, 2020
"It contains all the worst elements of a biopic while at the same time being low-budget and poorly made. It is unbelievably cheap looking with its use of stock footage. There is mild entertainment in certain scenes that eventually build to some form of a narrative, but mostly it is a scattershot of moments with no logic to them. "
|60 35%||The Late Show (1977) - Jan 15, 2020
"A wanna-be send-up of hard-boiled noir thrillers but it is all over the place with no real direction. Art Carney is great, but Lily Tomlin is broad and hilariously unfunny. The driver of the plot is Carney wanting to find his friend's killer, but it takes a back seat to pointless side stories; often you forget all about this until its mentioned that this is the whole point of the movie. That'd be fine if it was funnier; it'd be fine if it had a more invested plot, but it doesn't have either."
|80 64%||Gaslight (1940) - Jan 13, 2020
"The superior of the two versions made. "
|70 50%||Talk About a Stranger (1952) - Jan 13, 2020|
|80 64%||The Big Night (1951) - Jan 13, 2020
"A pretty solid and interesting exploration of masculinity and manhood. As a noir, it stands out for its protagonist being so young. It's not always a positive because John Barrymore is both great and terrible in this; his whining comes off as prepubescent at times, but there are moments where he does look like a child playing grown-up and it works wonders. The ending kinda screeches to a halt and everyone "acts" until the credits start, but the first 60 minutes are strong."
|50 22%||Multiple Maniacs (1970) - Jan 11, 2020
"Bad, good, weird, normal, offensive, mundane. All these words lose their meaning when talking about Multiple Maniacs. It's no Pink Flamingos, but you can see many of the same ideas. What's impressive about Multiple Maniacs is its audacity. Some moments still shock, some are mundane thanks to smut peddlers like Waters. It's gratuitous, but that's the point. "
|100 92%||Annihilation (2018) - Jan 10, 2020|
|90 78%||The Big Sleep (1946) - Jan 05, 2020
"A pretty darn good hard-boiled detective film. There are moments so absurd and cliche it made me laugh out loud, but Raymond Chalder's dialogue so a lot of the work to make it a fun and thrilling ride. It's not the smartest movie I've seen, the plot makes little sense and the time is all over the place, but damn it, it sure is fun."