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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★

    You ever think about how marvelous it is that a movie can whisk you away for two hours, all your cares forgotten, a whole adventure expectantly awaiting?

    Seydoux and Cassel smooch score: 8/10 exactly the kind of surrounded-by-roses, all-arms-and-lips-devouring, pure-as-a-baby’s-tears kiss you expect from a fairy tale

  • Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    ★★★½

    Due for a rewatch because I recently finished Charles Frazier's novel of the same name. The book is agonizingly paced and spellbindingly composed, meandering from moment to moment and encounter to encounter, discovering little pockets of kindness and adversity along Inman's arduous trek home - the joy is in the details of Inman and Ada's paralleled lives - and at times this didn't make for a particularly compelling film adaptation (perhaps a longer running miniseries would have provided the means…

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  • Armageddon

    Armageddon

    ★★★

    This cast is a 90s wet dream!

    I’ve never laughed so hard. I misguidedly ate this sensationalizing macho bullshit up as a teenager, and revisiting it now a decade later in a moment of knee-knocking nostalgia reveals a great deal about both my genetic makeup and my formative years... my gender is whatever sarcastic asshole wrote this stupid dialogue. It’s time I made my peace with it.


    NB Armageddon is a monster movie masquerading as an action flick: the asteroid has its own theme music and atmospheric vibe, and it spends the film trying to kill a bunch of humans. That’s a grade A monster!

  • The Devil's Backbone

    The Devil's Backbone

    ★★★★½

    Magnificent every time. And the commentary is even better.