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  • Rush Week

    Rush Week

    ★★★★

    If you read reviews of this movie in advance, like I did, you will see nothing but dismissals. An afterthought in the slasher genre.

    Um, I don't think so.

    Nancy Drew mapped onto Final Girl.

    ANIMAL HOUSE fraternity reinvented and renamed "Beta Delta Beta" as ground zero for the slasher action.

    Tim Matheson character from ANIMAL HOUSE mapped onto Dean Hamilton as is-he-or-isn't-he-the-slasher

    A second act kill victim named Julie Ann MacGuffin.

    Gregg Allman as a love guru journalism professor.…

  • Enemy Gold

    Enemy Gold

    ★★½

    The first of two movies Drew Sidaris made in the shadow of his trash auteur dad Andy Sidaris, relocating the action from Hawaii to Dallas and Shreveport (!) Too serious, and while nobly lacking all the tropes that Andy made famous, there is nothing to replace those tropes. But I still liked it just fine.

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Anytime, anywhere. For my money, Spielberg made 5 perfect films, and this one is at the top. Not a wasted shot, pitch perfect casting, pitch perfect dialogue. No sentimental hokum, and a Mamet ending.

    I find when talking to others that the legacy of this film (in terms of "inventing the summer blockbuster," "shark movie," etc.) tends to overshadow what a finely crafted thriller it, so much so that it I think it might be called one of the few "creature" films of the 1970s with an auteur stamp.

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece.

    As much as in her legendary performance in FAT CITY, Susan Tyrell takes this completely insane horror hayride to the next level. It would have been a fine movie without her, more than likely, but she gives it life.

    I have asked three cinephile friends for their theories on the the family history here, and have gotten three different answers.

    Code Red blu-ray.