Starman (1984) - 9/10 - I absolutely loved this Carpenter flick. Corny, maybe a little bit cheesy, but it’s got that really nice, mellow tone to it, really romantic and sweet and stuff. It’s more about the style, the visuals and the overall atmosphere conjured up by the director than some tangible, hard proof upsides in the form of excellent screenplay or things of that nature. It was nice to see this other side of Carpenter’s filmmaking.
The Morning After (1986) - 5/10 - A decent late-night-TV-sort thriller about an aging, unsuccessful actress that winds up in bed with a stiff and has no recollection of whether she killed him or not. The plot is ruggedly interesting if sometimes a tad predictable. I enjoyed it, nothing special, but it delivers.
Ladyhawke (1985) - 5/10 - Oh boy. There are so many things I both dislike and love about this movie I’m not even sure whether I like it or not. The dialogues and the overall tone verge on comedy, particularly in the former half, while the core story and the cinematography are done with more care and charisma, so to speak. The movie basically flip-flops between excellency and wretchedness every 10 or 15 minutes or so. The music only makes things worse. Tangerine Dream it ain’t, that’s all I’ll say. I usually love electronic soundtracks, but poppy electronic bits feel completely out of touch and out of place here. Storaro needs no introduction and he definitely beautifies the flick quite a bit. I really don’t know what else to say. The perfect and most “excruciating” example of a mixed bag if I’ve ever seen one.
Kill Me Again (1989) - 7/10 - A nice, nasty little thriller. While not exactly in the same ballpark as The Last Seduction (1994), it still delivers the goodies. It’s got that lovely late 1980s/early 1990s neonoir vibe to it that distinguishes it from other movies of its kind. It gets a bit too hectic and out-of-focus towards the end which may explain why it feels like it’s run out of steam around the time the resolution comes. It’s still a damn good thriller though. If you enjoyed The Last Seduction or Body Heat, be sure to check this one as well, even if it’s not quite as good as those two.