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Time After Time Review


Very Good
As ridiculous fantasy movies go, Time After Time has got to be one of the most absurd. Got to be. How else would you explain a film in which Jack the Ripper goes forward in time in H.G. Wells' time machine -- and Wells pursues him in order to apprehend the killer? Yeah, exactly. This cinematic oddity is nonetheless a true guilty pleasure, with Malcolm McDowell (as Wells) discovering the joys of French fries and motorcars as he's transported to modern-day San Francisco in a machine that, unbelievably, accounts for time zones. Mary Steenburgen is awful (declaring on their first date that she's "not a dyke!") as the love interest -- but so awful you can't turn away.

Shaft (1971) Review


Excellent
He's one bad-ass mutha -- shut yo mouth! Shaft is, was, and will forever remain the definitive blaxpoitation film, utterly and without question. From the Isaac Hayes composed and performed soundtrack (and Oscar winning, mind you) to Richard Roundtree as the titular bad-ass to the crazy plot (Shaft takes down "Bumpy" and his black crime mob), Shaft is nothing short of a classic. Be sure to see it with a date.

Klute Review


Good
If you want proof at how a great cinematographer can make an average movie better, rent Klute, the 1971 mystery starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Nobody utilizes the dark better than Gordon Willis. He used it in Manhattan to establish a romantic mood, and in Klute (as he later did in 1993's Malice) it adds an element of terror that a weak storyline never provides.

In her Academy Award winning performance, Fonda plays troubled New York City call girl Bree Daniel, who finds herself in the middle of an investigation by small-town private eye John Klute (Sutherland). Klute's businessman friend has been missing for months, and he thinks Bree is at the center of it. As the lanky detective investigates, he gets involved in a sordid web of murder and with Bree, who uses sex as a way to assert herself over her array of insecurities.

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