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Pop&Coffee’s Film Reviews

About me: Wearer of beard. Lover of Patrick Swayze. ’murican.

79 Films have been rated or reviewed by Pop&Coffee.

Utu - ReduxUtu - Redux (1983-2013)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) I dug this a lot. Hard action, rad characters, and enough mythologized boogie–men to make Tarantino excited. Certainly the coolest NZ flick I've seen since moving here.
DVD $24.95 $14.95, $39.95 $24.95, $39.95 $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95 $34.95
Harlan County USAHarlan County USA (1976)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Hot damn. A multi generational look at folk who're as articulate as they are passionate, and an ace soundtrack. You could argue that they could have talked to the mining company to be more fair–minded, but if you criticise that, you're missing the point
Bird with the Crystal Plumage, TheBird with the Crystal Plumage, The (1970)
3 stars (Good Enough) This movie's as pretty as it is empty. It has a cool score and some rad set pieces, and as an Argento fan I'm glad I saw it. But it's basically for existing Argento/Giallo fans, only.
Angel FaceAngel Face (1952)
4 stars (Very Good) Robert Mitchum at his dreamiest. Bonus points for an unexpected ending that made my heart skip a beat. Amoral noir gold.
General, TheGeneral, The (1926)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Some great physical stunt work, but as an American I was a bit unsettled by Keaton waving a confederate flag. Not as funny as Steamboat Bill Jr, but hot damn are those stunts harrowing.
Kids in the Hall: Brain CandyKids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
3 stars (Good Enough) I was never a kids in the hall fan, so I'm not sure how much of this I got. But there was some inspired stuff here, and the homoerotic jokes were clearly ahead of their time. It's funniest when it's not trying too hard.
THX-1138THX-1138 (1970)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Holy cats, this is Lucas!? The visuals are stunning, the ideas are prescient, and the sound is crazy. I tend to hate hard scifi, and I still loved this one.
DVD $15 $11.25
Millennium ActressMillennium Actress (2001)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Probably great, but hoo–boy, that dubbing is rough. Still, a fascinating walkthrough of Japanese cinema in a touching frame.
PlatoonPlatoon (1986)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Pauline Kael nailed it when she said, "Oliver Stone is talented but tasteless." The battle scenes are inspired, but the morality is heavy handed and the characters are... well, sort of shit. I'm glad I saw it, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to any
DVD $15 $11.25
Holy Mountain, TheHoly Mountain, The (1974)
4 stars (Very Good) This movie is great if you take the visuals as–is without reading too much into them. And I mean that with high praise. Stunning set pieces, some rad characters, and one dude with a killer mohawk. I dig El Topo more, but this movie is a perfect 1am flick.
DVD $29.95

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