Pumpkinhead (1988)

Everyone loves a good tale of vengeance. It’s behind movies like Point Blank and its re-titled remake Payback, or John Wick, or that 70’s subgenre of questionable taste, “rape-revenge”. Park Chan-Wook’s “Vengeance” trilogy and a number of others are also high in the realms of “tales of vengeance”, but take another tack: while the first set is about […]

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Panic Room (2002)

The last thing I was told about this movie was to spare myself and not watch it. I took this with a pinch of salt large enough it fit my hand–after all, this is the work of David Fincher, operating on a script from David Koepp. And yes, Koepp wrote the clumsy script for The […]

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Point Break (1991)

Other than the fact that it has remained a sort of cult favourite of its own accord, I think Hot Fuzz is easily responsible for much (if any?) resurgence this film has seen in the last few years. I know my interest was re-ignited some time ago when I discovered Kathryn Bigelow had directed it, […]

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Private Parts (1972)

I was digging through a fire sale of sorts when I found this, having never heard of it. I checked the credits (as I do with any movie at a low price I’ve never heard of) and noticed it was directed by Paul Bartel and placed it in my “to buy” stack immediately. Shortly thereafter, […]

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Pat and Mike (1952)

It was by pure chance that I happened upon this one, merely acquiring it as part of a “buy one get one” type deal to decrease the cost of Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, but trusting in Cukor and the reputations of Tracy and Hepburn, especially the two of them together, though Tracy was the only […]

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Peter Pan (1953)

Like most people for–gosh, I don’t know, the last few decades, maybe?–I grew up seeing many a Disney film. I saw an awful lot of them an awful lot of times. A number of those famous, over-sized clamshell VHS cases occupied my parents’ home and made VHS shelving difficult. I loved most of them without […]

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Pollock (2000)

In reviewing any biopic, it’s easy to get mired in “This didn’t really happen this way…” or even “This is so true to life, because…” but both are similar wastes of time, in their way. An entire life can’t be condensed satisfactorily into two, three, or even four (or more!) hours. Far too many events […]

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The Professionals (1966)

I have seen this movie floating around stores for some time now, and until recently categorized it as “western” and then ignored it. Yes, friends, I, too, was one of those people who said “Eugh, westerns? No thanks!” with nary a gander at their actual qualities or failings. I used to find the endless brown […]

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

It’s difficult to review a movie that is now this widely known. It’s even more difficult for someone like me to review it in the face of people who know my tastes, especially my more vocal ones. I think Quentin Tarantino is hideously overrated. Not that he’s untalented, or even a bad or mediocre director […]

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