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Near Dark Review


Very Good
An otherwise relatively straight-up vampire movie is played for cheese value, with Lance Henriksen the leader of a gang of Arizona bloodsuckers (including Bill Paxton in an unlikely role). Adrian Pasdar is pretty bland as the-guy-who-gets-bit, but there's enough comedy value from watching these stars play bad guys early in their careers that it's definitely worth a rent.

Beaches Review


Terrible
In the history of men going to the movies, there are few horrors as singularly terrifying as the movie Beaches. With its combination of precious tragicomedy plot, copious singing, and Bette Midler, the horror trifecta is already complete. But there's plenty more: Not only is Midler heard here singing about her tits (her words), Mayim "Blossom" Bialik plays the 11-year-old version of brazen Bette. Chills don't get much colder than this.

Watching the 1989 movie today, it's not just an unabashed chick flick, it's also revealed as a plain-old Bad Movie. For starters, it's not really about anything, instead preferring to work (or not) as a collection of loose scenes that illustrate the ups and downs of two friends (Midler and Barbara Hershey) from their pre-teens to the grave. Things happen, but not much. The film's only real plot point comes in the last act (spoilers ahead if you care), when Hershey's character croaks on us, sticking Midler with her daughter.

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