The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) **1/2
The ultimate Vincent Price mad scientist movie.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ***1/2
Cary Grant's sweet elderly aunts are poisoning men and burying them in the basement.
Boondock Saints (1999)**1/2
Hoods seem to live charmed lives. Best scene: Billy Connolly's one man army.
Bullet in the Head (1990) ***
John Woo's masterpiece. The title is very apt.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) ***1/2
Prisoner refuses to play by anyone's rules or accept defeat.
Cul-de-Sac (1966) ***
Polanski film about crime gone wrong. His second best (after Knife in the Water)
Diggstown (1992) ***
Conman vs conman in wager about one man boxing ten in a row.
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) **
I'm the only supporter of this wicked film about a Minnesota beauty pageant.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973) ***
Endless twists in this story of a cop wanting to be a detective.
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) **1/2
Plotless cartoonish mayhem.
Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! (1966) ***
Russ Meyer's only great movie.
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To bring Caruso to the Amazon, you need to build an opera house, which means supplies, which means carrying a boat over a mountain...
Funny Bones (1995) ***
Examination of what it takes to be funny. A Jerry Lewis film you will actually like.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000) ***
Lesser Jarmusch, but his most watchable.
High School Confidential! (1958) **
Film starts with Jerry Lee Lewis banging a piano on a truck and just keeps picking up steam.
The Killers (1946) **1/2
The only good thing Ronald Reagan did. Lee Marvin's last line is perfection. Based on a Hemingway story.
The Magnificent Seven (1960) ***
Cowboy remake of The Seven Samurai, eliminating subtlety and nuance, but more watchable at half the length.
Nurse Betty (2000) ***
A film where you just know everything has to fall apart eventually and you can't stop watching.
Raising Arizona (1987) ***
Coen brothers do a pure comedy and it works beautifully.
Re-Animator (1985) ***
The only H.P. Lovecraft story filmed that you should see.
Repo Man (1984) ***
Every time I see it, I see something new and then someone says something like "Did you notice the air fresheners?" and I have to see it again.
Shogun Assassin (1980) ***
The 17 Baby Cart at the River Styx films got edited to 90 minutes (and 105 killings).
The Stunt Man (1980) ***1/2
Film about filmmaking, where nothing's what it seems.
The Wages of Fear (1953) ****
Men try to make a quick buck by hauling trucks full of nitroglycerin over bad roads.
Wise Blood (1979) ***
Flannery O'Connor's book makes for a chilling film.