If Jesus ever came back, and saw what was going on in his name... he’d never stop throwing up.
This Woody Allen masterpiece is a significant film simply by virtue of the cast: Michael Caine and Diane Weist both won Oscars for supporting acting... and since there really aren’t any “lead” roles in Hannah and Her Sisters, it’s appropriate and indicative of the overall depth of this cast. Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Woody himself are memorable in their…
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
What's Up, Doc? 1972
You’re upside down, sir.
I know what you’re thinking. “This is one of this guy’s four favorite movies? Really?”
Perhaps it is from a disproportionately high exposure to The Three Stooges or Looney Tunes when I was a kid. Or Gilligan’s Island, for that matter. I’m not sure exactly how it all manifested itself over time, and the runner-ups are far, far too numerous and hilarious to mention, but this movie is my single favorite comedy.
There has to be…
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 2023
MCU movies, ranked
Better than the second A-M movie but not nearly as fun as the first one. Still, there is a good deal of silliness to be found here, most of it tied to the bizarre environment and inhabitants of the Quantum Realm, in particular the crazed, bumbling villain MODOK. He’s a hoot.
The real villain, though, is Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, and he’s a magnetic presence, one of the MCU’s best bad guys. Look forward to…
Fire of Love 2022
This Oscar-nominated tale of two French Volcanologists would be notable just for the volume of jaw-dropping, stunning, close-up “you are there” footage of volcanic activity all over the globe. It’s mesmerizing and thrilling.
But what makes the film truly wonderful are the two scientists themselves, Katia and Maurice Krafft, whose adventures and relationship are at the heart of this documentary.
Told mostly through footage shot by themselves on countless expeditions, it’s incredibly intimate and unique, as if the Kraffts…
Apollo 11 2019
If time travel doesn’t exist, one can experience a fairly vivid approximation in Todd Douglas Miller’s fantastic documentary Apollo 11. Created almost entirely from archival footage, it’s an absolute joy for any fan of the space program, or sixties history in general.
And that footage... Miller found reel upon reel of never-before-seen footage that was shot on 65mm negatives for a never-produced NASA documentary. The celluloid is jaw-dropping in its extreme clarity; it’s as if Miller hopped into a Delorean,…
Avengers: Infinity War 2018
I’ll write a spoiler review later, but for now... this is a really fun film. Big ensemble events like this can be hard to pull off; there’s pressure to create an opportunity for each individual character to shine a bit. But Joe & Anthony Russo succeed both in making a film with lots of great standalone action and rewarding the die-hards with plenty of references to earlier Marvel outings. It’s kind of like listening to a greatest hits album from your…