• The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


    Fonzie makes everything better!

  • Family Switch

    Family Switch


    Watch this one for Jennifer Garner and a multitude of cameos (including Queen Rita Moreno), otherwise I’ve just never been the biggest Ed Helms fan & McG’s direction is fairly ho-hum…

    While this one kinda pigeonholed the whole “Christmas” aspect of the story (frankly it could have very easily been converted to a non-holiday movie), I will always have a soft spot for family body swap comedies (with this one having a delightful new spin with the dog/baby and a befuddled Matthias Schweighöfer in tow)

  • The Christmas Classic

    The Christmas Classic


    If I’m being honest, not sure how “good” this is…but it is entertaining/has its fun moments  and I’ve always been a fan of Åkerman, Smart & Hansen

    So it’s tough to put it on the 2.5/less level of the (relative) Hallmark Holiday scale…so 3* & a qualified endorsement (but only if you’re in the mood for some mindless holiday silliness) 🤷‍♂️

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse


    While a fun holiday diversion (led by an engaging lead performance from Ella Hunt & some humorous song/dance numbers), your enjoyment is probably contingent upon your tolerance for a the wild tonal shifts your going to get from a horror comedy/musical/Christmas mash-up.

  • Violent Night

    Violent Night


    Entertaining little slice of violent Christmas action with David Harbour admirably filling the role of a (disgruntled) Kris Kringle pressed into action to save an (unlikable) family & Christmas from a band of terrorists, led by an unhinged John Leguizamo.  

    Basically a more violent HOME ALONE, with plenty of naughty words…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday


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    Iconic pairing of Grant/Russell in Hawks’ insightful genre bending dramedy about journalism & a wrongly accused convict facing the death penalty.

  • Pépé le Moko

    Pépé le Moko


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    What a fascinating little slice of a French gangster/crime film that I lucked into from the “random number generator” category (Spine #172)

    Especially enjoyed the depiction of “the Casbah” as a character in the film. 

    And kudos for an ending that doesn’t pull punches!

  • Five Star Christmas

    Five Star Christmas


    While it does not break any new ground (with an easily predicted "twist"), when grading on the relative Hallmark/Christmas movie scale, their were enough hijinks and holiday cheer to make this an entertaining diversion, with a fun premise and likable cast.

  • The Lineup

    The Lineup


    Don Siegel's film is one of my favorite discoveries from previous Noirvembers & I cannot recommend it enough for its performances (Eli Wallach is particularly chilling), thrilling sequences/stunts, San Francisco locations and an engaging premise/procedural involving a smuggling scheme...

    Criminally (pun intended!) underseen/undervalued, I've caught it on TCM previously and noticed it is on TUBI (but leaving soon!), so it would be a great way for noir fans to close out Noirvember.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl


    How Fincher & Flynn handle the mid-(book/movie) twist, is still something to be lauded

    And a casting Director Laray Mayfield deserves praise for a nearly perfect cast (I mean Affleck was obvious, but otherwise, there are some pretty inspired choices here...)

  • That's My Boy

    That's My Boy


    Continues the evolution of the Martin & Lewis partnership and their first, truly entertaining outing...

    Once you can get by the laughable farce of Martin & Lewis as high school seniors/college freshman, this is a pretty fun, genial college/football comedy which coasts on Martin's charm and Lewis' zany hijinks...

  • The Canyons

    The Canyons


    Unfortunately, not a "lost Schrader masterpiece" & disappointing in light of his & Bret Easton Ellis' involvement...I honestly think they were both just trying to be provocateurs for the sake of being provocative, rather than crafting a truly memorable film.

    It does have its entertaining moments, and taken in the spirit of a pulpy, neo noir is not without at least a degree of watchability/entertainment factor...

    But of course the primary issue is casting, with some decidedly awful performances which ultimately brings…