• Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    I didn't watch this, but I've seen the trailer and that's enough.

    There's an old bit in Beavis and Butthead where the two idiots are sitting on their couch watching music videos and usually whenever something awful graces their ears Butthead makes a noise like "euuuuhhh!!!" as if he's disgusted to a point of physical pain. I figure if I ever were to watch this I'd have a similar response.

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    Turn it on when you're depressed. It doesn't really fix things, but it fills two hours nicely.

  • Crazy Thunder Road

    Crazy Thunder Road

    There's something beautiful about a bullet-riddled punk being told he can't ride *that* bike, because the brake's all fucked up, but he does so anyway.

  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    Movies where men take out their revenge after being wronged is among my least favourite sub-genres, which is to say that I came to Point Blank (1967) with some skepticism. It isn’t that movies of this sort are completely useless, or that there aren’t any good examples, but that I find the circular masculine violence limiting as an idea. Point Blank deals with some of the same things that all of these movies are guilty of, but rises above simple…

  • The History of the Atlanta Falcons

    The History of the Atlanta Falcons

    This man is literally out here panning between charts and graphs and I'm over here crying what the fuck

  • Angel Dust

    Angel Dust

    In an interview with Time Out Gakuryu Ishii described his 1994 film Angel Dust as a “bad dream”. When Ishii left Tokyo for London he returned to the Japanese metropolis years later and he did not entirely recognize what it had become. “When I came back to Tokyo, it felt like a totally different city. This colossal man-made metropolis that stretched on past the horizon. It was both beautiful and horrifying at the same time.” Angel Dust was Ishii’s first…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    My memory of Candyman was that it was among the finest American horror films of the 1990s, and it is, but I was surprised by its intelligence, and its horror in completely new ways. This is a mature horror film, not to be mistaken with the “elevated” sort, whose ideas are in the finer details of the camera, the set-dressing and the positioning of an academic in over her head who meddles in things that aren’t hers. This is a…

  • The Kingdom of the Fairies

    The Kingdom of the Fairies

    My man invented the dragula in this thing. Holy shit!

  • At the Circus

    At the Circus

    w/ the in-laws

    Harpo only needs to count 1 sheep to fall asleep. He's an insomaniac.

  • Annette

    Annette

    There is a provocation of ghostly intent in the spirit of Jean Vigo’s underwater siren from L’atalante (1934) for Ann (Marion Cotillard), who dies on the stage every night, and is awarded with grandeur and applause. She is hardly present, a wafting bit of smoke, stricken with tragic feminine shading that cinema has worn as fashion since films were silent. She is so very in love with her husband Henry (Adam Driver), but she knows he is a man, physical…

  • Karate Bear Fighter

    Karate Bear Fighter

    Sonny Chiba is fucking wonderful. Zatoichi sorta deal in these "Karate" movies where Chiba plays a dude who kicks too much ass, and is thus punished for the collateral damage he causes with his fists. In the first two of these he fights a bear (guy in a suit) and a bull (actual bull) and it's pretty fucking rad. With the bear fight in this one it's structured like a kaiju battle, but it's in the woods. Reminded me of…

  • The Street Fighter

    The Street Fighter

    I watched Sonny Chiba’s The Street Fighter last night. Despite being a genre cinema obsessive this is one touchstone of the genre that I somehow had neglected over the years. The Street Fighter is a nasty movie and immediately sets itself apart from other martial-arts films of the period by leaning into the power and violence of Chiba’s screen-presence and body. He’s a bulky s.o.b. with little interest in the speed and agility that made someone like Bruce Lee famous.…