C.H.U.D. (1984)

C.H.U.D. was kind of a dud. It seemed like it had a high chance of being entertaining, but instead, I felt bored most of the time. I do think the creature design was pretty cool. I loved the creatures glowing eyes and fish mouths. I also love the idea of radioactive monsters in the sewers of New York. It’s like a group of killer Ninja Turtles. I just felt like the movie dragged on and on. Plus the twist at the end was actually pretty dumb. I do like that they filmed some of this in actual sewer tunnels in N.Y.C. I’m sure there is actually creepy stuff going on down there.

50/100

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City Slickers (1991)

I really like this movie. It’s a solid classic. It’s not the most amazing movie in the world but it has a great amount of humor and some heartwarming moments. I think Billy Crystal has great comedic timing and is just the perfect about of snarky. Jack Palance is awesome in this and is a perfect cowboy. It was weird seeing little tiny Jake Gyllenhaal as Crystal’s son. Daniel Stern stole the whole show in my opinion. The part where he goes crazy with the gun and then silently sits in his tent is epic. I love the little calf ‘Norman’. He’s so cute! I just think this movie is very low key and fun. I should check out the sequel next.

79/100

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

I may be alone on this opinion, but I think this is the best Home Alone movie. Now bear with me… I think this is better because it’s the exact same film as the first but it has much funnier scenes. Tim Curry ducking for cover from a Tommy gun firing was gut-busting hilarious. The traps that Macaulay Culkin devised were a lot more painful (they were also in a much creepier house, a la Saw) and the story was just as heartwarming with the nice pigeon-lady with no friends. New York during Christmas brings on the Christmas cheer like no other city as well. Like I said, this movie is almost an exact clone, scene for scene, as the first film. It just takes the good parts a lot further. I’ll still be thankful the first film was made, but I’m glad they used this winning formula to make a very entertaining sequel.

90/100

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Home Alone (1990)

Keep the change, you filthy animal! I love this film. It was awesome when I was little and it’s still awesome today. I always forget this is a Christmas film but man, it’s probably up there with some of my favorite Christmas films. I’ll have to add this to the list of movies to see on the holidays. I love the traps Macaulay Culkin laid out for his would-be pursuers. It reminded me of the Saw movies with how devious they were, and painful. The two robbers (Pesci and Stern) were great, especially Stern with his excellent facial expressions. I forgot John Candy has an appearance in this, it made me sad but he has a sweet and funny cameo. My biggest complaint is that the attack on the robbers was too short, but otherwise this film has a lot of funny and touching moments that makes it an instant classic.

85/100

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