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Amy Heckerling

I think Heckerling is the only female director where I’ve seen at least three movies from. That’s kind of sad.

Look Who’s Talking: I pretty much hate talking babies, but Bruce Willis’s baby narration might be the least hate-able I’ve come across. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley have just enough chemistry together to keep this from being completely worthless.

Grade: D

A Night at the Roxbury: What’s up? Someone thought it was a good idea to take SNL’s Roxbury guys and give them 80 minutes. Not as awful as I expected, but it still remains a mostly one-joke premise so much of the movie drags. Will Ferrell, as usual, gives an enthusiastic performance which helps save things a bit.

Grade: D+

Clueless: Alicia Silverstone is the most popular girl and does all sorts of popular things and tries to help clueless people emulate her, until she realizes she needs a more spiritual makeover. Yeah, as if! Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma. Alicia plays her role well and for the most part the performances are good, but the script seems dated, or at least underwhelming. When I see it I just think I’d rather be watching Mean Girls.

Grade: D+

Other Amy Heckerling Moves You May Have Seen

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Look Who’s Talking Too
European Vacation
Loser
I Could Never Be Your Woman
Johnny Dangerously

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino reportedly watched every single movie in his video store before he became a director. It wouldn’t surprise me, considering every eight seconds in his movies is an homage to something. Still, I never feel like he’s copying anything as his scripts are fresh and he finds ways to tell familiar stories in a way nobody has ever done. I’m sad I haven’t seen anything he’s made in the past ten years as I’m sure I’d love most of it.

Kill Bill: Volume 2: I enjoyed the trailer home scene and the ending quite a bit, but I was bored for most of this film.. Though I appear to be in the minority about this, so if you like the first movie, certainly don’t listen to me.

Grade: C

Kill Bill: Volume 1: I love how damn stylish this movie is, mixing martial arts within a suburban setting. I found myself smiling almost from beginning to end. The plot is intriguing, the fight between Uma Thurman and Vivica A. Fox is brilliant. the fight between Thurman and Lucy Liu is almost as good, and the scene in the board room still gives me goosebumps. However, the climax of the movie–a crazy, mother-of-all martial arts fight scenes–goes on too long for me, but your mileage certainly may vary. I definitely did not wait to pop in the sequel.

Grade: B

Reservoir Dogs: A veteran thief brings together six previously unacquainted criminals, who know each other only by their colors (e.g. Mr. Brown). They execute a jewelry heist (which we don’t see) that goes terribly wrong, so they begin to suspect that one among them is a police informant. Tarantino’s first movie is exceptional in its use of subtlety, symbolism, purposeful dialogue, and brutally honest character motivation. Almost the entire movie takes place in a warehouse where they all agree to meet after the heist. Despite being low on action, the movie is engaging and I was racking my brain the whole time. What a debut.

Grade: A-

Pulp Fiction: And what a sophomore effort. Told like a novel in where we get to know several seemingly unrelated characters, but when all the different story lines start coming together, it’s impossible to put the book down.The plot is difficult to describe without spending several paragraphs, but there’s hitmen, mob bosses, drugs, boxing, a record number of F-bombs, and one enormous MacGuffin. Tarantino single-handedly revived John Travolta’s career here, and the performances are great all-around. Won the award for Best Screenplay and deservedly so.

Grade: A+

Other Quentin Tarantino Movies You May Have Seen

Django Unchained
Inglourious Basterds
Death Proof
Grindhouse
Sin City
Jackie Brown