8MM (***) - Well after the cuteness of The Other Sister, I needed some of the depravity and darkness of 8MM, a return to form for director Joel Schumacher who with his recent Batman outings (no pun intended) has made the SNL sketch of The Ambiguously Gay Duo of Ace and Gary look like Bert and Ernie. Wait, let me rethink that. But once again I digress.I don’t know if there’s anyway that the writer of this film can ever top the gut-churning progression of the brilliant thriller Seven, but there is a moment late in the film which caused me to jump out of my seat, which is quite an accomplishment all in itself. Nicolas Cage turns in another good performance as the mild-mannered PI who slowly gets drawn into the word of disturbing Porn - which is basically anything with Ron Jeremy in it. Sorry, couldn’t resist. But disturbing is the key word. There are images in this film that could have grabbed it an NC-17 rating. I had about a 65-year old woman sitting next to me in the theater, and I’m surprised she didn’t keel over during a few of the rougher scenes. If there was a moment that I wish was more disturbing - it’d have to be the moment we are first shown the 8MM tape. That scene should have worked better in an uninterrupted viewing instead of the cross cutting of a few images that the audience is allowed to see. Just like in Sleepers, which would have been more powerful if the filmmakers had made the rape scenes more graphic, even though we really don’t want to see that kind of thing. 8MM could have jolted the audience early by allowing the film to play out without all of Cage’s contortions watching it himself. But the film does make up for it later - but then I think pulls back a little too early just when it starts getting truly creepy - and favors a more traditional thriller style - but done with expert flair. There are no big surprises in this movie except for a character revelation later on. I wanted more scenes with the villains, particularly Peter Stormare’s wonderfully scary porno producer. The final villain hunt down is treated like a mystery, but is really just a “take off the mask” throwaway since we’ve never seen this guy’s face before at all. The one scene towards the end that really was terrific is Cage’s showdown with one of the villains. I won’t reveal how this scene plays out, but while it got a few laughs from the audience, I loved how it was handled.Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed 8MM and recommend for those with weak stomachs to cleanse yourselves off with a film like The Other Sister.