Category Archives: Rewatch

Predator 2 (1990)

A lurid buffet of scraps and bad habits left over from the 80s jacked up and saturated like a crazy Frank Miller splash page. The cast makes it feel like Predator 2 unfolds in some kind of Richard Donner/James Cameron shared universe … Continue reading

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Mars Attacks! (1996)

Tim Burton’s Nashville. Lovably zany, eye-poppingly colourful and animated by a pretty insane ensemble cast of 90s big hitters and Burton regulars. You even get two Jack Nicholsons for the price of one. I love all the throwback flourishes like the … Continue reading

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Conrad Hall’s cinematography…jaw-dropping. The precision in the images and visual story is intoxicating. This is celluloid as ash, the grain glazing everything over in a frosty, funeral-like haze. It’s moody and painterly. A gangster B-pic as seen by Edward Hopper. … Continue reading

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American Beauty (1999)

Oh boy does a lot of this not hold up but that Conrad Hall lighting is still absolutely gorgeous. Very much a 1999 movie that I once considered one of the Greatest Movies of All Time. Sadly it established a … Continue reading

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Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

This spends a lot of its meandering running time avoiding being a TCM movie altogether. There’s so much ambling around in the woods which never seem as expansive or cavernous enough to justify all the characters constantly splitting apart and … Continue reading

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The Master (2012)

“You can’t take this life straight can you?” This time around (my fifth? sixth?) I really latched onto the movie as a rumination on performance and specifically its contrasting of acting styles. Phoenix represents the angry, visceral, tormented style birthed in … Continue reading

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Not Fade Away (2012)

“When you’re singing the blues, the lyric line often starts “Woke Up This Morning”. Life just comes and fucks you right over, right?” – Pat, Not Fade Away “Woke Up This Morning, got yourself a gun” – Opening theme to The Sopranos … Continue reading

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