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So Bad It’s Good – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

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By Caroline Meuser

When a Saturday Night Live director decides to make a horror film, the finished product is bound to be one-of-a-kind. Now having learned this detail of James Signorelli’s background, I can certainly understand what drove the creation of his ridiculous film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. How a videotape copy wound up in my living room as a child, however, remains a mystery. I remember forcing my friends to watch it when they came over for slumber parties, and they left the next morning mildly horrified that their friend was a psycho. As I quoted every other line while watching it last weekend, their assumptions were confirmed.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Goodfellas

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By Caroline Meuser

Though I was exposed to Goodfellas early in life, I did not experience the type of positive introduction that most “cinephiles” probably have. To me, it was one of those films that TNT constantly featured and, while my dad sat enrapt as Joe Pesci pumps seven bullets into his friend’s chest, I classified it as a film I may watch in full eventually, but for the time, I could do without the emotional disturbance incurred by seeing men willfully destroy their lives and the lives of others through organized crime.

Martin Scorsese adapted Goodfellas from the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. By 1990, Scorsese and Pileggi organized an utterly triumphant cast and screenplay. Ray Liotta narrates most of the film as Henry Hill, an aspiring-turned-successful Brooklyn gangster. In a menacing, poignant performance, Liotta illustrates Hill’s tumultuous existence – from his collaboration with mob figures Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) in 1955 to his dramatic fall from criminal grace in 1980. Within this time period, the glamour of violence and riches blind Hill and company. With each murder, drug deal and robbery, the line distinguishing their actions between dutiful and disturbing rapidly fades.

PFS Rapid Reviews – The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

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By Caroline Meuser

The LEGO Movie offers more than some cool effects and an opportunity for childhood regression. With Will Ferrell as the voice of a maniacal ruler threatening to end utopian Legoland as its plastic population knows it, the audience faces a unique fusion of two facets of modern cinema: the underdog’s mission to save the world and a thought-provoking statement on corporate America. This, plus an underlying sheath of mature comedy, is surely a recipe for a Lego-cy of greatness.

 

By Ian Abell

This film is one of those rare popular hits that seems to do everything right. The story is both simple and reflective, with the support of popping jokes and solid casting. Using the established universe of Lego, the movie reminds us about the importance of play and imagination throughout our lives.