• The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Yeah, Tallerico was all over what makes this one brilliant in his Ebert review. Lowery shows absolute mastery here of storytelling, tone, pace, plot development, direction of actors, camera usage. His writing, adapting such a legendary work as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight so deftly, is right on point.
    Vikander grips me and touches me to the core with her rarefied beauty, that grand voice, and her acting skills. That speech she gives as the apparent true 'lady' that…

  • Natural Selection

    Natural Selection

    ★★★

    Rachael Harris is a marvel in this film. She fully embodies this character of Linda who has led one too often miserable, undeserved life in a marriage that has one helluva deception from her rat bastard husband that's been going on for 25 years. And no, it's not the predictable affair scenario. But do to some sort of almost karmic coincidence of timing and age, she gets a second chance to regain her life fully, and to get that joy…

  • Grandma

    Grandma

    ★★½

    This one really does scream 'tv movie'. It has all those missing elements, plus what really seem like built in commercial break points, and the lazy, cliched writing. There are a few good moments, along with some really bad ones. The little girl punch scene and the walking erection subhuman donor the trampy granddaughter made a baby with scene are pretty awful.
    Sam Elliott is ok, in that Sam Elliott way. He's never really bad, but that voice goes along…

  • The Kid with a Bike

    The Kid with a Bike

    Another fine work of cinema by the Dardenne brothers. Stellar performances by the young Thomas Doret and by the lovely Cécile de France. You think this is easy, realism? So many directors would be too strong, too ham-fisted with trying to force their points with such a screenplay and the ideas/themes the Dardennes were trying to convey.
    Strong camera work, especially the concentration on the physical acts of Cyril, and the bike riding through the streets.
    Cyril is one of…

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    That was a helluva lotta fun. One of the best (and very few) comedies of the last couple of years. What the hell happened to the comedy? Is it just cowtowing to PC culture? SJWs & their phony concern? Just uptight, dimwit kneejerk-ery?
    Great writing, excellent timing for both verbal jokes and sight gags, expert editing work. Nice work by this tight ensemble cast; esp. Sam Richardson (very funny guy) and Milana Vayntrub in all her glorious self. That lady is surprisingly funny, lovely and...yeah, gifted.
    Let's hope for more of the same from director Jeff Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff. 3.6 stars

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★

    It's a remarkable, epic piece of cinematic history. Brody is brilliant for much of the film. The recreations of Warsaw as it disintegrates into oblivion along with its native citizens, and humanity itself, is stellar work by an exceptional crew.
    Polanski was on his A-game with his vision and decision making in general. Yes, there are some moments that seemed a bit hackneyed (the woman repeatedly asking if they'd seen her husband and how he should write, or too glossed…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    Whoa nelly, I was not quite expecting this, but I wasn't too sure what was coming with this one after reading the surface premise. Yes, the man has his supposedly very valuable (in multiple ways) pig stolen; the pig he takes while truffle hunting. But that's merely the springboard for what director/writer Sarnoscki is trying to get across here.
    From that very first quiet scene of the river, then moving to Rob and the pig at his 'ramshacle' house in…

  • Sun Don't Shine

    Sun Don't Shine

    ★★½

    I was impressed greatly by the acting of Sheil and Audley. These are very real, true to life people, so similar to some I've come across in my time. Tone is set and maintained well throughout. It was clear by this first full-length picture that Amy Seimitz had potential as a filmmaker/writer to go along with her acting skills.
    This movie reminded some of the film "Wanda" I just watched recently. Similar sort of rather uninteresting, pathetic, hopeless losers in…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★★

    I fuckin' loved this movie! Shortland and her crew made one helluva smash-up Marvel movie! Pearson screenplay, Folsom Boyd's editing, and Beristain's cinematography are all stellar. The special effects work is as good as I can recall from any Marvel movie outside of maybe 2-3.
    The cast is so fitting for the story line and tone of this movie. The mix of harsh infighting between 'family', fight/action scenes, and humor fits these performers. Harbour is especially good with his comic…

  • Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank

    That's a great performance by Paul Bettany. But I'm pretty used to that from him. Sophia Lillis is wonderful also, again. Strong work as usual, also, from Root, Martindale, and Greer. Zahn was convincing as Mike as he walked that line between good ol' boy meathead and being a better man; one of more strength and tolerance than the father.
    There's some issues with dialogue I had, and Macdissi is a bit much at times. the 8'364th time a movie…

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★½

    Well, I saw it, now I don't have to see it again. Too much 'House of Hummingbird' going on here with the relentless bleakness, utterly dour misery; and the emptiness of this character. Are we supposed to think being poor means you're automatically dimwitted and hopeless, by and large? Or is it mostly a character study of a pathetic and very frustrating person? Hell, the jerk petty criminal was more interesting.
    As one insightful critic commented, "The trouble with aimless drifter stories is that too often they result in aimless movies.". 2.7 stars

  • About Endlessness

    About Endlessness

    ★★★

    Watching this movie reminded me of seeing the three successive Terrence Malick films where he used very little dialogue, often none, but let images drive the movies. The often lush, lingering shots of beautiful people in beautiful homes or amid natural settings were powerful in the first two films, but grew subsequently less so.
    The drop off in overall cinematic quality was obvious, especially by the third. Some of that may have been me as a viewer tiring of this…