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  • Caddyshack II

    Caddyshack II

    ★★★½

    It's a great comedy. You just have to laugh at it, not with it.
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    Growing up in the 90s, comedy classics like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Vacation didn't play on TV before primetime because they were rated R, so we grew fond of the kid-friendly sequels that were actually considered flops. C2 was known as the "worst sequel ever" back when sequels were still a new trend. It was considered a too late addition and has little returning talent and…

  • National Lampoon's Vacation

    National Lampoon's Vacation

    ★★★★★

    A perfect comedy until that cop-out, reshoot ending that is uncleverly racist and crappy next to the fully-shot, original ending:

    The original ending had the same set-up. The Griswold family finally arrives at Walley World, only to find that it is closed for repairs. Clark buys a BB gun, but instead of using it to force the family’s admission into the park, he tracks down Roy Walley at his home with the help of one of those star maps. Walley…

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Letterboxd describes this as another sequel to the original but thank God its not. Starting a 3rd original continuity is great. The recent reboots are bogged down by explaining or honoring the original. The perfect TCM sequel will never be made because the time has passed. All they had to do was bring Sally back but instead we got a lot of mediocre slasher movies that either go "meta" & deconstruct the original or try to spawn a generic franchise for…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    There are 2 postmodern horror films that changed moviemaking in the mid-20th century, just in time for the Bicentennial: PSYCHO & THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Both inspired by real serial killer Ed Gein, they separated the horror genre from Gothic fantasy and used filmmaking to examine real horrors - psychological & sociological, respectively.

    A film about the futile pacifism of liberalism. Confronted with the reality of how capitalism, conservatism, Darwinism & occultism intersect, a group of hippie youths get suckered in and…