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Ghost Town (1988)

Ghost Town (1988)

It's a town full of ghosts, literally! Where the old times stay, and only old things can take them away. Kinda like the premise behind Silent Hill, but in a much older; dustier; Wild West-like setting, that starts - as so many horror movies do - on a long and lonely highway.

It's aged, but aged well. The fades aren't perfect, but like with the old Repo Man movie they do still work. You don't need anything too crazy to make something good, you know?

Give it a shot. If you like B-movies, action, dust and real ghost stories you'll enjoy this. Actors got oomph, and soundtrack's not bad either.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Things To Come (1976)

Things To Come (1976)

Way ahead of its time, this one! It may be doused in pleasure. A futuristic orgy more of sex than violence. But could it also be the precursor to The Running Man, that came a decade later? With opponents that could then actually fight back, and maybe provide a more 'pleasurable' ending?

I recognize so many elements in this that I've seen in other movies, that came both before and after, and I wonder if it might've both influenced and been influenced by. It feels like a gem, lost on time, accurately - to some extent at least - predicting both our now and our future, albeit stylized a bit more like the future was assumed to look in the seventies.

With suits and bloops and blips but... no real computer. Wizard of Oz reference that one?

You could enjoy this for the stripshows and softcore sex scenes, but also for the unexpected relevance. Especially in the beginning. The little speech Julie holds before she embarks off to strike a blow for freedom.

That would surely be included in IMDB's memorable quotes for this if only more people had seen it...

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

So there's a new Home Alone movie out! 31 years after the original, or just ten after the fifth one of those, of which the last weren't all that great, and left you feeling like they might've milked out most of the franchise already.

This time? Still not that great.

Still feels like they've milked the most of this franchise already.

The main character doesn't look as sympatric as the earlier ones either, the villains aren't really as villainous, and the premise is basically the same thing with a twist. But not as good.

The soda shooting scene might've been cool, seeing a character from the classics play a cameo was cool, Kenan's always cool, the final doll scene really was good, and the snowy landscapes were beautiful, but for the most part I just feel sorry for the main couple, am unimpressed with most stunts and really... don't feel like this contributes anything on any level compared to the old ones. Even the credits roll against a bleak concrete gray, and seem to signal that this just was not a quality production...

I don't know y'all.

I wasn't expecting much but was still hoping for more somehow. Feels like those who made this movie might've known that when they started, and delivered just what we expected this might be.

A cliché take on an old classic.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Hostage (2005)

Hostage (2005)

Bruce Willis as a hostage negotiator, then as a small town cop, fleeing from the trauma of his own job. With a lot of hair initially, then just plain old same old bald Bruce Willis.

Of course he's forced back into it, at the whim of a small trio teenagers with all kinds of troubles, who chose the wrong house to confront the inhabitants in for a carjacking. It goes downhill fast. Of course. Though just when you think it's just another run-off-the-mill hostage-negotiator-overcoming-past-drama kind of movie it starts going where you really don't expect it to.

The flames are majestic. The family drama is real. The kidnapping professional. The villains veiled in shadow.

It's not your typical action movie at all. It's a thriller. But it's not your typical thriller at all. It's killer. Maybe the illest thriller you ever saw! And with such a small cast, you don't think you'll really get so involved.

There's just one scene. When he jumps in the cop car and storms the doors. Just that one scene feels sped up. Before that I don't get stuck on anything. And after that... oh man. I don't want to hype it up too much lest you get a different impression but I am impressed. Reminds me all the Marvel-type movies I'm used to seeing just don't have the kind of emotional depth you need to take you over the edge at all. They almost did with Thanos. Almost. Till they reversed it all...

I don't think I've ever seen Bruce Willis as good as he is in this. He flips a switch. He's a great action guy, we know that, but here he's both that and more. He opens doors. And it's all about family.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

They made a sequel! I didn't remember this one... as much...

The intro's just as good. Savage. Dusty - almost thought they'd filmed it at a real desert at a first. But the final showdown's a bit of a letdown. After all that build it feels like they ended it a bit too early. And Eddie Murphy's almost more like Eddie Murphy than his character. Talks too much now, maybe? Laughs too much?

It feels a bit different this one, although initial action scenes definitely had a boost, and when it's all said and done you still can't say it's a bad movie. First one just stands apart. Still. And five years in prison... thought that was a tough addition just for a sequel wasn't it? They get over it all too quickly.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

48 Hrs. (1982)

48 Hrs. (1982)

Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in a black and white cop duo movie!

Only this one's not all like the others. This one crosses some lines. This one keeps it real. This' ones tough! I don't think I realized how dubious moral high ground they tread on when they made it, with both Nick abusing his cop privileges' over Eddie, with Eddie busting up a redneck club, with their actual physical beatdown - not just verbal confrontations there - as tends to be the norm. And then they switch it up, and Nick goes to a black club, and they smooth things out, and end up still on both sides of the law, still one of them going to prison, but friends. It's like there's finally unity between not just them but their respective colors/races.

It's all abridged. It's pretty cool how they do it, and yet it seems this one black and white cop movie might've been lost to time particularly because they went about said abridging process in a less superficial way than most do, with Nick acting almost akin to a slave owner sometimes.

He's harsh. But he's got a heart, after all, and maybe he was only as he was because his boss is black... and all the more of an asshole?

They portray the Indian with equal stereotype, but brave. Is that a detriment to his brains? Is he any less worth because he rushes straight to the death at the end of it all, a knife to a gunfight? Or is it more so in honor of his forefathers; a testament to the noble qualities the warriors of old really had? There's a lot of honor here. To fallen comrades. To companions. To girls. Even among thieves, no matter they say about those.

I see a lot of elements in this movie I wasn't expecting to see. That I like. It's refreshing. Didn't realize or remember it was so different. So unshackled.

The escape scene and the final fight (note how he doesn't explain why he didn't compromise on the shot - though we know - he learned his lesson the hard way in the intro) are memorable eighties action highlights too, and I think I have part of the formula to these eighties action movies figured out. Zoom in. Film from a distance, but capture up close.

The transition to the movie title with the tractor driving for example. The old truck approaching over the hillside. It's a distinctive style, but there's probably more to it than that.

This movie though. Distinctive too. Go see if it you can see it.

It's one wild night in the city, with a cop and a convict chasing a real bad guy and his Indian friend.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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