Body Double (Brian De Palma – 1984) B+

Excellent cheesy and solid B movie that at once is smack dab in the middle of that style (sex, violence, gore,…) and yet transcends it with long dialogue-free sequences, cool camera angles and several well-developed characters. The problem is when you cast Gregg Henry in a film I’m immediately thinking “oh, he’s the bad guy…”.Continue reading “Body Double (Brian De Palma – 1984) B+”

Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+

Solid classic B movie entry from one of the masters of modern body horror. There is a community of people with psychic abilities, corporations would like to harness those abilities,…a story as old as time (or the mid 20th century, I don’t really know). The film is more focused than that generic plot though. CameronContinue reading “Scanners (David Cronenberg – 1981) B+”

The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A

Never seen Polanski’s highly-acclaimed WWII pic before. It is not what I expected. It is not a story of fighting the Nazis or a tale about resistance. It’s a story about survival told from the perspective of Wladyslaw Szpilman played by Adrian Brody. He was a Jewish pianist in Poland when the Nazis gradually startedContinue reading “The Pianist (Roman Polanski – 2002) A”

What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A

It’s movies like this that make the annual Criterion Channel fee so worth it. I am not sure I ever would’ve heard of or seen this one anywhere else and it is a gem of a little film. Sure, it is just two people on a date, their first date, at the woman’s Manhattan apartment.Continue reading “What Happened Was…(Tom Noonan – 1994) A”

The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+

He shows up saying he was a friend of the family’s son, who was killed in Afghanistan. He’s not really lying about that but he he has a bit more baggage than your average soldier. Dan Stevens plays this soldier called David and he does an excellent job as a dry, robotic killing machine. There’sContinue reading “The Guest (Adam Wingard – 2014) B+”