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I'm a lover of all things film, have made some films of my own, and enjoy watching films as often as possible by way of the theater, streaming, or my local library. Also curating a strong collection of DVDs and Blu-rays, mainly purchased on the second hand market.

I've been writing reviews and creating lists on here since 2014, these days I mainly write short form movie reviews under my seasonal viewings lists. Take a look and drop a comment/like!


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Hotel Artemis review

Posted : 2 years, 6 months ago on 6 April 2019 03:08 (A review of Hotel Artemis)

Hotel Artemis is a damn fine slice of midnight movie bravado, thanks in part to a heavy seasoning of John Carpenter aesthetics (think Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13), that I enjoyed watching way more than I thought I would.

The Awes:
- The overall concept was excellent: a den of thieves trapped in a building with the world crumbling outside of them
- Jodi Foster looking like a weathered Brad Dourif giving us one of her most memorable performances in years
- The atmosphere, suspense and sense of foreboding really keeps you on edge throughout
- Cliff Martinez' score, always menacing, always a joy
- Dave Bautista as a proud HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, complete with a cholo accent

The Flaws:
- The riots and chaos going on outside the Hotel could have been amped up and made a little more threatening to give a more claustrophobic feel
- The ultimate showdown between tag team Bautista/Boutella and the Wolf King's goons was cut a little too short and wasn't satisfying enough as a finale

The Burn:
The newcomers do a good job here, but the veteran actors really steal the show (Foster and Goldblum are a joy to watch together, wish they shared more screentime), overall this is not for all tastes but as a late night popcorn B-movie you could do far worse.

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Big review

Posted : 3 years, 1 month ago on 4 September 2018 08:28 (A review of Big)

Let me just set the stage for my recent viewing of Big after not seeing it since it was on cable tv in the 90's. I'm on a red eye to California. Sipping on a Brooklyn Summer Ale. Looking for something to watch on the in-flight movie menu. Really despise watching blockbusters and the like on a tiny, 11" screen. Avengers. Nope. Star Wars. Nope. Big... Big? Hmm. Yeah why not? Did the nostalgia of 1988 and lanky Tom Hanks get the best of me? You bet it did.

Unlike the Old and Young switcheroo craze that was going on around this time (see Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son, 18 Again, etc.) this was an individual switcheroo, kind of like that segment in Twilight Zone the Movie where the group of octagenarians at the old folks home become kids again. Except this is the other way around and there's no Scatman Crothers running around giddily exclaiming "Kids! Kids! Haha!"

Rather than get into a lengthy review about the story and yadda yadda, I'd rather just point out some key moments/observations that hit me seeing it this time around. Always interesting the perspective change when viewing a movie as an adult.

1. Tom Hanks at the peak of his early comedic career, smack dab in between such classics as Dragnet and The 'Burbs, and only five years before his Oscar winning performance in Philadelphia.
2. The inner city setting that the big-version of Josh has to endure is pretty darn scary and gritty. The pay-by-the-hour sleeze-tel room with gunshots and screams right outside the window and some hostile pimp banging on the door. Hanks barricading the door and getting under the covers really takes you back to being a vulnerable kid in a place like that.
3. Robert Loggia is the best damn boss you've never had. The way he takes to Josh and his kid-like antics is a joy to watch.
4. John Heard is the worst damn co-worker everyone has had. At some point. Typically a role with this level of dickyness would be reserved for say a Paul Gleason. But Heard does a great job, and we would later see him tapping into this menacing side in 187.
5. The dynamic of the Josh-Susan relationship is actually really interesting and unique as a love story. Throughout the film Josh gets more mature and Susan sort of reverts back to her younger self. The inevitable ending really hits hard.
6. That Zoltar machine. I recall as a child something similar to that at a Ground Round restaurant and yeah it was just as creepy as the one in the movie.
7. Josh and Billy's "Down down baby" song. It's like some strange paddy cake rap that apparently Hanks' son learned at camp. You can't help but embarrassingly recite it in your mind long after the movie is over.

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Swiss Army Man review

Posted : 5 years ago on 6 October 2016 09:23 (A review of Swiss Army Man)

Judging by the ratings this seems like one of those films that you either love or hate, there's not much in between. It really depends on how much you can tolerate gross slapstick humor bathed in arthouse aesthetics. Usually the two do not blend well, more like oil and water. But in the case of Swiss Army Man, I think the Daniels have crafted a truly unique (yes, it has flourishes of Cast Away and Weekend At Bernie's) experience on the arthouse, B-movie front. The film is endlessly creative and innovative, making great use of Radcliffe's corpse. It's crazy enough to take you out of your comfort zone, but directed so impeccably that you know you're in good hands. Dano and Radcliffe deliver the wackiest buddy comedy we've seen in ages, sure to become a cult classic if it hasn't reached that already. Highly recommended for fans of artsy B-movies peppered with gross humor and endless fart jokes.

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The Paperboy review

Posted : 5 years ago on 28 September 2016 02:16 (A review of The Paperboy)

See this cult trash pic for the acting and the fearless audacity of director Lee Daniels. Not an easy movie to watch, very disturbing at times but ultimately a rewardingly ballsy piece of cinema. Nicole Kidman and John Cusack turn in tour de force peformances, as well as an impressive Zac Efron. It's sweaty, it's dirty, it never shies away from the material and delivers probably the most intense non-contact sex scene in cinematic history. The beach scene will also induce cringes and laughs in equal measure. Daniels peppers the proceedings with pure 1970's B-movie bravado, right down to the grainy film stock and off-kilter camera angles. In terms of retro-style, it made me think of Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, in terms of story and setting I was reminded of Deliverance, Southern Comfort, and even Wild At Heart. All in all, kudos to Lee Daniels for pushing the envelope and giving us one hell of an experience.

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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger review

Posted : 5 years ago on 28 September 2016 02:09 (A review of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger)

This was the movie that Harryhausen was like "screw it, I'm gonna put every possible mutant/animal creature I can think of into this movie, regardless of how ridiculous it is." I mean he throws everything in here but the kitchen sink, actually by the end I was expecting to see a stop-motion kitchen sink attack Sinbad and his crew. This movie has it all: it's got alien skeletons, a young Jane Seymour running around in little belly dancer outfits, acting and line delivery that's so bad it's funny, and a stop-motion baboon that will kick your ass in chess. I never really noticed this before but poor Minoton, after being brought to life the guy spends half the movie rowing a boat and then gets crushed by a huge block. Kudos to Harryhausen for his amazing work here, fans of Clash Of The Titans take note, this makes for a great companion piece.

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Fortress review

Posted : 5 years ago on 28 September 2016 02:05 (A review of Fortress)

HBO has a long history of distributing some amazing films and this Ozploitation piece is no exception. I can remember first watching it with my cousin while sleeping over my grandmother's house and being scared shitless. Because this story could happen anywhere, any time. And apparently it did. For real. It remains one the most visceral, haunting, and at the same time empowering movies ever made about teachers and students. Rachel Ward is excellent as the maternal teacher doing whatever she can to protect her cubs against the evil Father Christmas and his cartoon-masked cronies. Screenwriter Everett De Roche has a certain panache for Outback mayhem (see: Razorback, The Quest) and here he weaves a tale that takes the viewer along for a harrowing ride that you won't soon forget. Part survival adventure, part Lord Of The Flies descent, it really is a one of a kind experience. My only criticism is for the awkward music score which at times is quite off-putting, nonetheless an 80's Ozploitation classic that definitely deserves a proper updated DVD release.

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Casino review

Posted : 5 years ago on 28 September 2016 01:50 (A review of Casino)

Here's 10 reasons why Casino is a criminally overlooked Mob Epic and is to Goodfellas as The Godfather II is to the original:

1) Joe Pesci playing yet another Napoleon-like maniac complete with blue eyes and a midwest accent that makes the f-bombs and m-and-f-ers that much more enjoyable.

2) Robert Richardson's cinematography. It beautifully captures the glitz and sparkle of 1970's Las Vegas.

3) The at times whirlwind narrative that takes us through the inner workings of the casino and it's many players. "The shift boss is watching the pit boss..."

4) Lester Diamond. Nobody portrays scumbags better than James Woods. His back and forth banter with Ginger and Amy is pure gold.

5) A plethora of pre-CGI gore effects that would satisfy even the most hardcore of horror fans. The pen-neck, head-vise, cheater's justice, and cornfield scenes set a new standard for mob-flick brutality.

6) Ace & Ginger's doomed trainwreck of a relationship. Deniro's battle scenes with her are his true shining moments in the film.

7) The soundtrack. Scorsese throwing music at us like some crazy drug-addled DJ. It's one of the oft-overlooked keys to his craft.

8) Scorcese's mother in her last cameo and perhaps one of the funniest moments in the film. Here we have a character telling her son not to curse in a film that broke records for cursing. Classic!

9) Frank Vincent's revenge. Here's a guy who at the hands of Joe Pesci was beaten to a bloody mess in Raging Bull, and then again in Goodfellas while also being stabbed, shot, and buried, finally gives it back to Pesci in a big way.

10) The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals. Scorcese trumps his Layla body count montage in Goodfellas with an even more powerful and haunting montage of death scenes.

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Vice Versa review

Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago on 7 July 2016 08:35 (A review of Vice Versa)

I recently watched Vice Versa after not seeing it since my childhood and I gotta say, for the most part it holds up pretty well today. It belongs to that beloved 80's sub-genre "Yuppies In Peril," as mentioned in my review of Funny Farm. It also attempts to cash in on a typical Yuppy malady, the mid-life crisis that can also be seen with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron in Like Father Like Son. Hell, even George Burns got in on the action with 18 Again. For the uninitiated, these films feature a younger and older person switching bodies, reaping the benefits and suffering the consequences leading to some funny moments and self-realizations.

I feel like Vice Versa is probably the best of the bunch, mainly because the two leads really embody their counterparts. Judge Reinhold with his dopey, immature antics is perfectly matched by Fred Savage's smarmy, pissed off adult. The early scenes of their switcheroo are pure Comedy gold from Marshall/Savage telling his ride to school that he's had better days and being called a Raccoon turd by the man's son to Charlie/Reinhold jamming out in the middle of a department store.

The biggest problem I have with this movie is that it coasts along on this father-son switcheroo for a while and then in the final act completely derails and becomes a typical cheesy 80's action flick. Once "real ballbuster" Swoosie Kurtz and her bumbling henchman David Proval show up the cozy comedy ends and the dumb action begins.

If you can forgive the ending, then Vice Versa deserves it's place among 80's Comedy gems. It also has a great message about Yuppy fathers not paying enough attention to their kids. And it's got Corinne Bohrer, an underappreciated 80's babe. Plus an early cameo by Jane Lynch.

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Maximum Overdrive review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 22 March 2016 07:59 (A review of Maximum Overdrive)

Alright, dammit. I'm stepping up to the plate and taking one for the team. The team is made up of the 13 year olds that live in all of us, no matter how old we get. And Maximum Overdrive is the kind of movie tailor made for adolescent males to marvel at whilst chugging caffeine laced sodas and overindulging in sugary junk food. It's a midnight movie masterpiece, a mid-80s drive-in classic. Stephen King should be proud of it, some of the best movies were made by coked-out directors! I mean the movie is called MAXIMUM F'IN OVERDRIVE!!! Apropos, it's got Maximum Overkill. It's got Maximum Overacting. And it's got Maximum Overtures (care of AC/DC!)

It is so insanely over the top and endlessly bloody that you would have sworn it was made by the Italians. This movie really has it all, I mean it starts off with an ATM machine calling a guy an asshole (Stephen King's cameo), then you have a soda machine taking out an entire little league team, a kid gets run over by a steam roller, people getting smacked in the face with the front end of a big rig, machine gun deaths that rival Scarface and The Wild Bunch, the list goes on.

The level of extremes even carries over to the cast, Pat Hingle is pissed off at everybody, Emilio Estevez is pissed off at the world, Laura Harrington's hair gets progressively bigger and bigger, and Yeardley Smith's voice can shatter glass and make dog's ears bleed. They make up the motley crew of survivors, doing whatever they can to avoid the machines' deadly warpath. The camaraderie among them being trapped indoors has since been seen in everything from Tremors to The Walking Dead.

Maximum Overdrive needs to be celebrated and appreciated for what it is, pure B-movie popcorn fun. It also needs to be mentioned that it's beautifully shot with great production values. The hard rock AC/DC soundtrack also adds to the experience. So sit back, tune into your 13 year old self, and enjoy a wacky, blood drenched Action/Sci-Fi extravaganza!

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Mother Lode review

Posted : 5 years, 9 months ago on 31 December 2015 03:29 (A review of Mother Lode)

"It's the MOTHER LOOOOODE!!!" Hey, want to see a maniac Charlton Heston in dual roles mumbling his way through a half ass Irish accent? Want to see a young, statuesque Kim Basinger scream and scream some more? Want to see Nick Mancuso get pissed off and then get pissed off some more? Lassie, you've come to the right place. Mother Lode is a typical backwoods baddies flick that can't decide whether it wants to be a rough and tumble survival adventure or a cat and mouse type slasher horror flick. The result is that it's never as compelling as either of those, the suspense and scares suffer greatly at the expense of poor pacing, and worse of all the leads are not very likeable. Nick Mancuso's Jean is kind of a dick and Kim Basinger's Andrea is your typical boring blond. So when they get into trouble we don't really care what happens to them.

The few high points:
1) There's a hilarious plane crash during a water landing that looked too real to be planned (turns out it was!).
2) Charlton Heston is actually pretty darn scary and menacing as Silas McGee even if we can't understand what the hell he is saying.
3) The scares are unexpected and very effective which gave it that slasher feel at times.

Bottom line:
Mother Lode is bottom shelf backwoods baddies fair (see Southern Comfort, Deliverance, etc to see how it's done right) that's only worth seeing for Charlton Heston, playing such an awesomely effective villain. Now stay outta my mine!!!

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Blood Ties
 Blood Ties 7/10
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Necessary Roughness
Viewing: Umpteenth Format: Streaming Thoughts: There's definitely a level of guilty pleasure and nostalgia that makes me return to this movie time and time again. It was one of the first movies I saw in a theater with my friends as a teenager and it takes me back to a simpler time of light-hearted comedy. Sure the film is beyond silly and ridiculous with every possible football related joke thrown in the mix. I mean it's got Kathy Ireland as the kicker for the team with the seemingly sole purpose to kick an opposing player in the nuts while saying "welcome to foot...balls" Overall the film has this former football star redemption story with Scott Bakula returning to college which kind of harks back to Rodney Dangerfield in Back To School a bit. Other highlights include Sinbad being Sinbad, a fresh off SNL Rob Schneider as the announcer, Jason Bateman baby-faced and full of pathos, and Hector Elizondo and Robert Loggia bringing the veteran acting chops to the table. It's far from perfect but I feel it maintains this level of enjoyment throughout both on and off the field and has a nice balance of comedy and drama. I know I am being way too forgiving of this movie but it does have its place in sports movie history. Somewhere.
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Blood Ties
Viewing: 2nd Format: DVD Thoughts: Watching The Drop again put me in the mood for some more gritty NYC films, and I remember really enjoying Blood Ties the first time I saw it. This time around it definitely feels like the filmmakers were a bit too obsessed with Scorsese and 70s crime flicks, but it still manages to work somehow. It's a passion project, with an awesome ensemble cast, most notably Clive Owen and Zoe Saldana turning in great performances. The one thing that bothered me this time was the overly stylized action sequences that were trying too hard to replicate the 70s Italian crime film aesthetics. I would have been on board for this if the whole movie was filmed that way, but it doesn't flow well with the rest of the movie. Similar to The Drop this is an American crime film made with foreign film sensibilities, which adds a level of depth to the characters that we don't see in films of this type too often. Despite it's flaws this is a solid period crime film that captures the feel of the setting and characters really well.
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The Mighty Ducks
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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Say Anything...
Ferris Bueller

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Career Opportunities
The Last Duel
The Drop
Psycho Goreman
The Girl Who Killed Her Parents

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Great Expectations
This Boy
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Curly Sue

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Marathon Man
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Batman Begins
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TRON: Legacy

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Time Slip (aka G.I. Samurai)

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The Way Back

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Ghost in the Shell
The Wind Rises
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Lean on Me
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Road Games
 Road Games 6/10
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Road Games
Format: Blu-Ray Viewing: 1st Thoughts: I was surprised that I never got to see this despite being fairly well versed in 80's Ozploitation films. This movie certainly had a reputation as being Hitchcock-inspired and one of Tarantino's favorite Ozploitation films. Indeed it definitely feels like if Brian DePalma went to Australia and made a road movie it would be darn close to this. Needless to say I had high hopes that were only marginally fulfilled. On the one hand it has all the enjoyable and wacky Ozploitation trappings that I've come to adore and yet the story and characters left me quite underwhelmed. It's like they didn't know what to do with this trucker (played by a wild-eyed Stacy Keech) for half the movie and there was just too little of the gloved killer to be satisfying. It did have its moments and is best appreciated for the setting and tone. Although it was somewhat enjoyable, I put this as mid-shelf Ozploitation with far better examples out there.
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Posted: 4 months, 3 weeks ago at Jun 2 15:35
At last, I'm finally done with this list!
If you are interested and you want to check the end-result, you can use the following link:
Listal's 100 Films To See Before You Die (2021)
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at May 17 12:25
Thanks for you help!

The list has been updated with your vote.

If you want, you can double-check the end-result : www.listal.com/list/listals-100-films-see-before-614
Posted: 5 months, 2 weeks ago at May 11 14:13

I'm currently working on a new project and maybe you could help me out.

It's pretty simple.

You just need to click on the link underneath and provide your 10 favorite movies.


Thanks in advance! :)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 14 7:00
Coming back to your comment on my review for 'Back to the Future':

I have seen this movie at least 3 times and the last time was just last year so I don't feel the need to re-watch it again any time soon.

The fact that McFly flies back to the 50's might seem that it was by accident but that was actually an illusion. The goal of the Zemeckis was never to have the characters to go to the future but his goal was always to have them go back to the 50's because he thought it would be really neat (like most of the viewers seem to think). Well, I think it would have been nicer to go to the future instead. Hell, even in the 2nd installment, they spent only 20 minutes in the future, choosing to focus instead on some parallel version of the present time which was also rather disappointing.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Apr 29 15:34
At last! I'm finally done with this list...
Thanks again for your help.

If you are interested, you can check the end-result :
Listal's 100 Films To See Before You Die (2016)
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 18 13:24
Thanks for your help! The list has been updated :
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 4 16:21
Yes, it is once again time for our yearly tradition. What is the best movie, according to you, Listal member? What are you waiting for?!? VOTE!!!!

Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 10 19:17
Thanks for the list vote and suggestions, djprojexion!
I'll add later
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 15:53
Thanks for the list vote,djprojexion!
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at May 28 10:48
Thanks for the list vote, comment and suggestion, djprojexion!
Have a nice day.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Dec 6 19:42
thank you for the list vote im glad you liked it ;)!
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at Jun 2 22:35
Thanks for the suggestion, I can't believe it never crossed my mind for the list. It's such a striking image.