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While the life of a repo man may be intense, it’s also hilarious.
A rip off of a Corman film? You’ve got to be kidding us… Continue reading “Zontar, The Thing From Venus (1966)”
A flick about time travel and incestual lust that also happens to be an all-time family-friendly classic?! Great Scott!
A family of misfits try (and fail) to be normal.
Before becoming a household name with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Jim Henson was an experimental filmmaker. He returned to these roots in The Dark Crystal, but this time armed with millions of dollars and the personnel to bring his wildest visions to life. Continue reading “The Dark Crystal (1982, UK/USA)”
Walla-walla hoo! What at first appears to be a quirky parody of camp flicks, quickly swerves into a tree of bizarre ridiculousness.
America is ruled by callous corporations who decide crime must be cut out (so profits can grow). Continue reading “Robocop (1987)”
Directed by Lasse Hallström.
Starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Mary Steenburgen and John C. Reilly.
118 Minutes – Rated PG-13
Gilbert Grape is forced to carry the load after his father’s death. He takes care of his special needs brother (who could go at any time), morbidly obese / agoraphobic mother and two younger sisters. But, when he falls for a girl with a life he envies, he is forced to make a choice between those he cares for and himself.
While far from perfect, there is an odd beauty to this story of a family that deeply loves each other but are trapped by each other nonetheless. Fans of Depp might expect him to drip with his usual charisma but he plays Gilbert is a quiet, subdued way. Instead it’s Dicaprio and the unknown Cates who deliver the strongest, most memorable performances.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape doesn’t shine, it shimmers.