Movie Quest #62 Kansas City
I rather enjoyed the blend between great jazz music and a fairly well told and well acted story. Jennifer Jason Leigh is great here.
Movie Quest #46 The Collector
Pretty much what I expected from the people behind “Saw.” Just a bunch of very slow plot development done in an overly gory, repetitious manner. Not worth seeing. Not worth reading a review about.
Movie Quest #44 Nightmare on Elm Street
More like Laughmare on Terrible Street, amiright? Not good. Not good at all.
Samuel Bayer directs this reinvention of Wes Craven’s 1984 slasher classic about Freddy Krueger, a serial killer who crosses the boundary between dreams and the waking world to gut his victims with his razor-sharp blade-fingered glove. As Nancy (Rooney Mara) and her pals fight for their lives, they also uncover clues to a shocking secret from their past. Jackie Earle Haley takes on the iconic role of Freddy. (Netflix.com)
Movie Quest #41 The Signal
When the phones, radios and televisions in the city of Terminus begin to broadcast the same strange signal, the transmission breeds jealousy and hate, turning once-sane people into murderous lunatics. A faithless wife seeks the safety of her lover, while her affected husband hunts for her. David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush each write and direct an act of this horror tale that was nominated for a John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. (Netflix.com)
I enjoyed this tons more than I thought I would. This came out around the time I started working in a local video store so it was a cover that I saw quite frequently. Every time I would walk by, I would roll my eyes at how cheesy that cover looked. Turns out “The Signal” is actually a pretty decent horror film.
Movie Quest #39 The Dead Pool
A macabre sports pool is placing bets on which celebrity is going to die next and crossing names off a list as each of them meets their demise. A serial killer who preys on famous figures enters the scene, and suddenly the odds are dramatically changed. When rogue cop “Dirty Harry” Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and high-profile TV journalist Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson) suddenly find their names on the list, the game hits too close to home. (netflix.com)
This movie has a pretty outstanding cast, but is not the strongest entry into the Dirty Harry series. The plot just seems a little TV Movie and silly. If you watch this for any reason, it must be for the RC car vs. actual car chase.
Movie Quest #37 Magnum Force
The second of five Dirty Harry movies, Magnum Force finds Clint Eastwood revisiting his career-making turn as a tough-as-nails detective who makes his own rules. A wayward cop is enforcing vigilante justice by assassinating several criminals who manage to escape punishment by slipping through legal loopholes, and “Dirty” Harry Callahan is on the case. Watch for an uncredited appearance by a young Suzanne Somers. (Netflix.com)
I actually enjoyed this installment more than the first. Until it was pretty much revealed, I had missguessed (not a word) who the actual killer was. This film has some great action sequences, also.
Movie Quest #36 Dirty Harry
When a madman dubbed the “Scorpio Killer” terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) — famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement — is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself. (netflix.com)
Loved the crap out of this movie. The film does a great job of making us feel like we’re on Callahan’s side as he tries to stop the evil Scorpio. But, as he gets closer and closer to catching the killer, we get more and more uncomfortable with Callahan’s crossing the line.
Movie Quest #34 Eraserhead
Auteur David Lynch sets this early effort in an industrial wasteland of a town, where young factory worker Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) dwells alongside grotesque characters and bizarre creatures — not the least of which is his own child. Henry’s girlfriend, Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), announces that she’s expecting, but the real surprise comes when she gives birth to a deformed, squalling aberration — and leaves the mutant in Henry’s care. (netflix.com)
I didn’t enjoy this not one bit. I mean, I guess I can see while people can. It’s creepy, weird, etc. I just like to be entertained when I see a movie and I wasn’t by this film.