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  • Let's Be Cops

    Let's Be Cops

    Making a good comedy must be a lot harder than it looks. Here, you have likable and funny actors (especially Jake Johnson and Keegan-Michael Key, both of whom I previously thought could make anything funny) in a film with a reasonably clever premise, doing seemingly objectively funny things in seemingly objectively funny situations. But it is almost NEVER funny. 

    What’s off in the mix? I don’t know, but it’s not worth thinking about. It’s already used up 104 too many minutes of my evening.

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business

    ★★★★★

    I truly love the John Hughes classics as much as anyone, but the frankness and grit of the best non-Hughes movies like RISKY BUSINESS and FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH are something special.

    This film, in particular, goes way beyond being a great teen comedy into some truly complex and surprisingly troubling areas. It’s ultimately a commentary on what the American Dream had become in the 1980s...and there’s a crack in the egg. 

    Don’t worry though, it’s also really funny!

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  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    I've got way too many feelings (all of them positive) stirring around inside of me having just seen this phenomenally entertaining remake/tribute to write a proper review, so I'm just going to list some of the many things I love about it.

    I love...

    1. ...the fact that it pays significant tribute to both 1981's landmark EVIL DEAD and 1987's absurdly creative EVIL DEAD II, in a number of interesting ways while also containing many great surprises of its own.…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?

    How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of…