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super creepy, 29 June 2015
7/10

Walter (Kevin Bacon) is the new man at work. Bob (David Alan Grier) often hires ex-cons and Mary-Kay (Eve) is suspicious. Viki (Kyra Sedgwick) quickly sleeps with the new guy. His only friend is Carlos (Benjamin Bratt). He finally tells Viki that he was in prison for molesting a couple of young girls. After the initial shock, she restarts their relationship revealing her own story of molestation by her 3 brothers. Police officer Lucas (Mos Def) is abusive to the ex-con while his therapist (Michael Shannon) tries to work out his issues. He suspects the man hanging out at a neighboring park is a child molester.

The performances are terrific especially Kevin Bacon who keeps his character tightly wound. Walter following those little girls is super creepy. The camera angles of the girls are awkward. There are a lot of cringe-worthy moments in the movie but that's the point. It's suppose to be creepy but it's definitely not for everyone.

like the visual but not much else, 29 June 2015
5/10

In 1914 Washington, Milo James Thatch works without notice in the boiler room of a museum. He has a theory that Atlantis had an advanced power source and lies in the ocean off of Iceland. Nobody believes him and they refuse to fund his expedition. He's approached by Helga Sinclair and brought to wealthy Preston Whitmore who was a friend of Milo's grandfather. Whitmore gives him the mysterious Shepherd's Journal from his grandfather and finances an expedition. There's a large ship, an impressive submarine and an expert crew.

The animation work is pretty good with good CGI for its era. It's got some action that also works well as CGI. The visual style looks good. The story and the characters are another matter. I'm not thrilled with Milo but the other characters are worst. Milo needs a comedic sidekick. I didn't like or trust the other character. It turns out that it's for a very good reason. There just isn't any thought to make a fun group to root for. As for the story, there isn't much other than the fun fight against a giant lobster. I don't know how the Atlantean suddenly learn to speak English and yet they couldn't figure out how to fly the fishplanes in all those years. The whole thing feels like it needs a few more rewrites.

great first half, 29 June 2015
7/10

The Boston Strangler is on the loose and the cops are without a suspect. They throw a wide dragnet for "the peepers, the men's room queens, the exhibitionists, subway jostlers, the dirty word specialists." Atty. Gen. Brooke assigns scholarly lawyer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) to head the fractured investigation scattered in several jurisdiction. Det. DiNatale (George Kennedy) and Det. Frank McAfee (Murray Hamilton) investigate. Suspects include gay Terence Huntley, disturbed Lewis and compulsive liar Lyonel Brumley. Dianne Cluny (Sally Kellerman) survives an attack by family man Albert DeSalvo (Tony Curtis). He is caught after trying to break into an apartment.

This movie is basically split in two halves. The first half is the police investigation which I find very fascinating. They are hopelessly without a clue. In that part, even Henry Fonda isn't the star of the movie. It's the investigation and the many dead-ends that is the true star. I like the split screen in this section which give a scattered feel to the police work.

The second half starts with the introduction of Tony Curtis. It becomes a lot of psycho-babble trying to dig into DeSalvo. I'm not convinced of its authenticity and I don't think it's that compelling. The second half could have continued the idea of the first half. It could have made DeSalvo less definitive as the killer. Instead there is no mystery. The audience is simply waiting for him to admit his guilt which is not in doubt. The first half is a terrific crime movie and the second half is much less compelling.

Martin (1977)
great twist on vampire, 29 June 2015
7/10

Martin boards a train from Indianapolis to Pittsburgh. He sedates a woman with an injection, strips her naked and drinks her blood. His elderly relative Tateh Cuda picks him up and they ride the train to Braddock. It's his new home with Tateh and cousin Christine after the death of his family. Tateh is a religious old man who tries to contain Martin using old style anti-vampire tactics. None of it works. Martin is forbidden to speak to Christine.

This is a wonderful twist on the vampire genre. This is a great contribution from George A. Romero that isn't a zombie movie. It is surprisingly fresh. The actors are amateurs but they fit their roles very well. I would love a remake by somebody with both edge and visual style. Romero did his best with this no-budget indie.

The Judge (2014)
overloaded, 29 June 2015
6/10

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a highly successful defense attorney for the richest guilty people around. He has an adoring daughter. His absence drove his wife to cheat and they are getting a divorce. His beloved mother just died and he has to go back to Carlinville, Indiana where he couldn't wait to leave in the first place. His brother Glen Palmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) owns the tire store and his younger brother Dale is autistic. He hates his judge father Joseph (Robert Duvall). He's a hard man and everybody calls him Judge. His old girlfriend Sam (Vera Farmiga) is still working at the diner. Hank's talking skills attracts bartender Carla Powell (Leighton Meester). He suspects his father is drinking after 28 years sober. The police suspects that he ran over someone. They charge him for murdering Mark Blackwell who still haunts him as one of his biggest judicial mistake. Judge insists on hiring inexperienced C.P. Kennedy (Dax Shepard) and Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton) arrives as a special prosecutor.

This movie is simply overloaded. I want to like this for Robert Duvall. Robert Downey Jr. is being really hard. They are butting heads like a pair of alpha-male rams. If that's the movie, it could be a good one. Then there are all the rest of it. The comedy is awkward like the suspected accidental incest. Dax Shepard is being Dax Shepard. That's all wrong. Although the brothers have some potential, I rather have a cleaner story without them. Billy Bob Thornton is doing too much with his role. He's not the star. Everything in the movie is dialed a notch too high.

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meandering love story, 29 June 2015
5/10

In 1967 Cleveland, Bobby Morrow idolizes his older brother but he dies in a freak accident. In high school, he gets into a secret gay relationship with Jonathan Glover. Jonathan's mother Alice (Sissy Spacek) teaches him how to bake. At 24, Bobby (Colin Farrell) moves to NYC and reunites with Jonathan (Dallas Roberts). Clare (Robin Wright Penn) is their bohemian roommate. They form an unconventional threesome family.

As a biopic, it's OK. As a relationship movie, it's meandering. As a historical drama, they're in period gear. The acting is nothing special. Colin Farrell is good. Director Michael Mayer does nothing but a straight line job. It's an unimpressive movie derived from better material with good actors in the mix.

Blood Work (2002)
functional police procedural, 29 June 2015
6/10

FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) is retired after having a heart attack while chasing a suspect down. He's living on a boat next to friendly neighbor Buddy No one (Jeff Daniels). After his heart transplant, Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) tells him her sister was killed and he has her heart. McCaleb investigates and finds the killer has killed others before. Detective Ronaldo Arrango (Paul Rodriguez) is downright hostile and with partner Detective John Waller (Dylan Walsh) are leery to help him. Dr. Bonnie Fox (Anjelica Huston) quits as his doctor telling him his heart can't take the work load.

The killer is pretty obvious. The case is pretty much every day TV police procedural. The movie is a little slow and a little long. Clint is good as the old grizzled retired cop with health issues. It's a function murder investigation but nothing that stands out too much.

Blood Work (2002)
functional police procedural, 29 June 2015
6/10

FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) is retired after having a heart attack while chasing a suspect down. He's living on a boat next to friendly neighbor Buddy No one (Jeff Daniels). After his heart transplant, Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) tells him her sister was killed and he has her heart. McCaleb investigates and finds the killer has killed others before. Detective Ronaldo Arrango (Paul Rodriguez) is downright hostile and with partner Detective John Waller (Dylan Walsh) are leery to help him. Dr. Bonnie Fox (Anjelica Huston) quits as his doctor telling him his heart can't take the work load.

The killer is pretty obvious. The case is pretty much every day TV police procedural. The movie is a little slow and a little long. Clint is good as the old grizzled retired cop with health issues. It's a function murder investigation but nothing that stands out too much.

quietly powerful, 29 June 2015
8/10

Gaby Gagnon owns a sheep farm left to him by his father in Quebec. He's a simple old man of simple means. His daughter Marie visits him with her two sons. She tells him that she left her absentee husband Steve. She wants $200k to keep the house and buy out Steve. He can't get a loan. After spending his life giving everything to his daughters, he considers selling the farm.

There is a dignified sadness to the farmer. It seems to be a simple idea with a quietly powerful concept. Then the dog happens and the movie takes it to another level. His brother shows up. More is revealed about his life. There is a powerful scene with his other daughter. It could probably be tightened up a little but I wouldn't cut any of the major scenes. The performances are pitch perfect and it is such a poignant movie.

"Cracked" (2013)
intriguing new take on old procedural, 29 June 2015
6/10

Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe) suffers from PTSD after a clean fatal shooting of a child. He's assigned in the new Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit. He is forced to be partnered with psychiatrist Dr. Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten) to investigate crime involving the mentally disturbed. It's a partnership without trust as Ridley is also asked if Aidan is cracked.

It's an intriguing new take on an old police procedural. I can certainly see an American show taking elements from this show. David Sutcliffe is a pretty good lead actor. Stefanie von Pfetten gives the show balance but sadly she doesn't return for the second season. The producers probably hoped to be picked up in America but that didn't take off. It was going downhill in the second season anyways.


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