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  • Gale Force

    Gale Force

    ½

    I realize this is an eighteen year old direct-to-video dud less than 50 people have logged on Letterboxd - but not enough people are discussing the blatant cinematic thievery going on here!

    The opening 10 minutes of this bargain-bin wreck is lifted *directly* from "The Last Action Hero." And I don't mean "inspired by", or even "similar" - the prologue here is literally a shot-for-shot remake of a car chase from that movie's action film-within-a-film, "Jack Slater IV".

    This includes…

  • Springsteen On Broadway

    Springsteen On Broadway

    ★★★★★

    Emotional and brilliant.

    A year after yet another globe-trotting tour concluded, Bruce Springsteen changed the game by doing something he had never before: hold a steady job. His 14-month residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre was met with rave reviews, packed houses, and high ticket prices. Try as I might - even after winning the 'ticket lottery' - I wasn't able to secure (let alone afford) seats to any of the 300+ shows in the tiny Broadway venue. Had I…

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  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

    The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

    ★★½

    Having parodied Mr. Irwin a few times for my High School sketch video show, I had enough interest in this property that I actually saw it opening weekend in 2002. I don't remember much, but revisiting it 18 years later... it honestly isn't terrible. The late Steve-O's magnetic presence definitely carries this unique picture: his enthusiasm and energy is absolutely infectious, and the world is less interesting without him. I am thankful his wonderful family have continued his legacy these…

  • The Human Stain

    The Human Stain

    ★½

    If you excise Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman from this movie completely, and frame the 1940s narrative through Gary Senise's post-mortem investigation... you're left with a compelling story about confronting your racial identity and taking secrets to the grave.

    But this isn't that, so it sucked. Despite a talented cast giving solid performances, the adapted screenplay is boring and unfocused - resulting in two seemingly separate movies. "The Human Stain" is a disappointing experience and a LAME picture.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…