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Willard Review


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A pallid complexion, stuttered speech pattern, and naturally creepy persona have prevented Crispin Glover from achieving leading man status over the course of his 20-year career. Best known as George McFly from Back to the Future, Glover's main challenge lies in finding the right role for his unmistakable screen presence.

One such role is Willard, an introverted loner who discovers an innate ability to control rats. When the original Willard was released in 1971 with Bruce Davison in the title role, Glover was seven years old and probably horrifying a helpless babysitter. Thirty-two years later, with this remake from director Glen Morgan, the actor finally sinks his teeth into the role of his lifetime.

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Heavy Metal Review


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There wasn't a more seditious movie you could watch as a kid growing up in the 1980s than Heavy Metal, a film that not only relished in its sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but was animated, too. The collection of a handful of hand-drawn sci-fi vignettes are loosely connected by an evil, glowing green ball which tells its story (huh?) to a young girl it soon plans to kill. Some of the stories are funny. Some are gruesome. Some look cool. Some are drawn terribly. All of it amounts to a graphic, guilty pleasure that features a soundtrack from the era's biggest rock groups. And, uh, Stevie Nicks. Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all.

Lost And Delirious Review


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When you're an impressionable young gal in prep school, and your roomies figure they'll get it on, well, what are you supposed to do?

Ah, the perils of going to an all-girls school, where lesbianism seems to run rampant. Alas, for poor Mouse (Mischa Barton, who absolutely embodies her character name here, the job of secret-keeper is heavy to bear. It's made all the worse when the roommates split up after Tory (Jessica Paré) decides she can't do the lesbian thing any more after her kid sister walks in on them -- and Paulie (a very young Piper Perabo, Coyote Ugly) will go to any lengths to get her back. Poor Mouse is caught in the middle, but rest assured, there's plenty of time for the girls to cry and talk about, you know, feelings and stuff, when Paulie isn't scheming to get back her gal. There's even a kindly gardener to lend a shoulder to cry on and some fatherly advice.

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Elvis Meets Nixon Review


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Rather tame, this meeting really did happen, and lo and behold it just wasn't that big of a deal. Certainly not worth making a movie about.

Willard Review


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Could there be any dobut that a horror movie starring kooky, uncanny string-bean Crispin Glover would be a weird B-movie bonanza of creepy-crawly macabre?

A proudly kitschy remake of a 1971 cult horror flick, "Willard" uses its idiosyncratic star to maximum effect as a milquetoast misfit whose only friends are the scores of rats rapidly overtaking the cavernous, ominous, creaky old house he shares with a grotesquely old invalid mother (Jackie Burroughs) who could drive a guy to go Norman Bates. Constantly humiliated by a cruel boss (R. Lee Ermey) trying to run him out of the family business after his father's death, Willard trains his rodent army to do his vengeful bidding, and soon all hell breaks loose.

Glover -- best known as George McFly in "Back To the Future" and The Thin Man in "Charlie's Angels" -- is so perfectly peculiar in this flick that I imagine it wouldn't have gotten made without him in the title role. Shaking with sublimated resentment and quaking with psychological dysfunction (accentuated by the frequent use of fish-eye lenses), yet eerily calm and contented with rats crawling all over his body, his performance is funny, sad, sympathetic and menacing -- often all at the same time.

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Willard Movie Review

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