Wrong Turn

By Adam Lippe

wrong-turn-1Routine slasher movie with a bunch pf parts taken from Deliverance, The Hills Have Eyes, and any other crazed hillbillies with puzzlingly extensive Stan Winston makeup on. Boring for the first 45 minutes, but then there’s an excellent scene that takes place in a tree, that more suspenseful than anything that follows it. It also gives us the first of two good kills in the entire picture, one is inventive, and the other is simply well timed. The rest of the movie goes in the exact direction you think it will and it is unimaginatively made to the max.

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Roadracers

By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]


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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.