Simon of the Desert (1965)- ***1/2. I've been wanting to see this for twenty years, it was worth the wait. While most of Bunuel's later work leave me scratching my head, I found this to be a immensely entertaining. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny!! His depiction of hell at the end is priceless (I wont spoil it). Run don't walk to see this one, folks!
Halloween (2007) - * 1/2. Since I liked Devils Rejects, I had high hopes for Zombie's reworking. Besides playing "name that B-movie actor" this was a struggle. Zombie, like most of today's horror directors, cannot build a suspenseful scene. Empty headed gore abounds (yawnsville, dude).
25th Hour (2002) - **. With Ed Norton, Rosario Dawson, Philip S. Hoffman you can expect some great acting involved. With Spike Lee you can expect pretentious touches, long drawn out scenes, unnecessary flashbacks. This should've been a riveting experience, instead I was squirming in my seat when I wasn't checking the clock.
The Lost Patrol (1934) - *** 1/2. This was one of my favorite films as a kid, and it still works. A British troop is stranded in the desert while being picked off by an unseen Arab enemy. Economical filmmaking at its best, where a glance or a few lines tells a whole story. Karloff's fanatical Saunders is one of his best roles, and one of his scariest! All this in only 73 minutes too, Spike!