30 November 2009

OLR: Black Christmas (1974)

It occurs to me that they don't make understated slasher flicks like this anymore and that's a shame. (7/10)

d. Bob Clark

28 November 2009

OLR: Scrooge (1935)

Man, Seymour Hicks is just awful as Scrooge once Scrooge stops being an a-hole. (6/10)

d. Henry Edwards

26 November 2009

OLR: Star Trek (2009)

Though not possessed of a deep science fiction plot by any stretch, it is just the big ball of fun the franchise needed at this time. (8/10)

d. J.J. Abrams

24 November 2009

Guest OLR: Snake Eyes (1998)

The sneaking suspicion that you're watching a bad movie won't hit you until you're about halfway through. (4/10)

d. Brian de Palma

23 November 2009

Guest OLR: Mission: Impossible (1996)

Well-staged sequences sometimes, but oddly cold and unengaging most of the time. (6/10)

d. Brian de Palma

16 November 2009

OLR: El topo (1970)

I'm gonna need to watch this again when I'm more awake, but I don't know if that'll help or hurt the experience. (6/10)

d. Alejandro Jodorowsky

OLR: Appaloosa (2008)

A fresh take on the "good gunfighters clean up the town" cliche. (7/10)

d. Ed Harris

12 November 2009

OLR: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

Clancy Brown, Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly back as voices with Superman and Batman beating the crap out of people… what's not to like? (7/10)

d. Sam Liu

11 November 2009

OLR: The Third Man (1949)

Overrated, but I have to admit Orson Welles is great and the photography is beautiful. (7/10)

d. Carol Reed

10 November 2009

Guest OLR: Carlito's Way (1993)

The anti-Scarface in that the acting/directing/writing are all top-notch and characters don't travel miles out of their way to do something stupid. (7/10)

d. Brian de Palma

OLR: Hot Fuzz (2007)

The action sequences at the end are very entertaining, but it takes quite a while to get there. (7/10)

d. Edgar Wright

OLR: Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

This is one helluva documentary. (9/10)

d. Kurt Kuenne

09 November 2009

OLR: Serenity (2005)

Brought an intensity and large scale to the series the TV show likely couldn't have achieved. (8/10)

d. Joss Whedon

07 November 2009

OLR: Step Brothers (2008)

Some pure, stupid fun that had me laughing harder than I have in a while. (8/10)

d. Adam McKay

OLR: The Spirit (2008)

This had the potential to be kitschy fun, but it's sorely lacking in action and too full-up on dialog. (6/10)

d. Frank Miller

02 November 2009

OLR: Firefly: "Serenity" (2002)

Illustrates the world the series is going to inhabit nicely and I see a lot of potential, but I wasn't blown away like the fanboys promised. (7/10)

d. Joss Whedon