• The Deep

    The Deep

    Early in the movie, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are captured by bad guys and the plot requires they are quickly searched for a missing bottle we know they don't have.

    Screen time devoted to searching Nolte: 13 seconds
    Screen time devoted to strip searching Bisset: 2 minutes 18 seconds

  • On Golden Pond

    On Golden Pond


    This is the whole reason to have movie stars. I saw this in high school and liked it then, able to appreciate the god-tier acting. But now, with a couple more decades of memories and experiences with Henry and Kate, I appreciate it even more bringing all that shared history to the table. To see these strangers we go through life thinking of as lovers or parents or friends or simply immortal beings, be old and frail and still so larger than life. It's beautiful. They are immortal.

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight


    I'll never forget seeing this on opening night and the first few seconds of the logos being quiet. Just the faint hints of a discordant violin and I thought to myself, "Oh wow, what if this is actually good?" I didn't care for BATMAN BEGINS or much Nolan at that point so wasn't expecting much from this and I was pretty blown away I can admit. I guess low expectations is the key because I was expecting it to hold…

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit


    Look, every movie takes the same amount of work to make. But not every movie gets the same amount of effort. The idea for WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT might have been nothing more than, "Let's make the first movie that really combines cartoon characters and live action characters into one world." That's all it would really have needed to be to be a smash. But Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman went well beyond that, crafting a loving tribute to…

  • A Time to Kill

    A Time to Kill


    This came out when I was just a few weeks shy of turning 14 and I saw it three times in the theater. I genuinely loved it, and it made me feel like an adult that I did so, which I also loved. I'm going to make a similar point I made in my Dirty Pretty Things review, which is that young film lovers need movies like this to help ease them along into more interesting and challenging fare. To…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain


    I'm in the hospital waiting for my daughter to be born so what better thing to watch than the most joyous film of all time?

    The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Spielberg always has been and always will be the g.o.a.t of modern camera direction and blocking. What's most striking about this is how he doesn't even really stage his biggest musical numbers with all that much dancing. Something like IN THE HEIGHTS spends eight months choreographing a huge number with forty dancers and then John Chu shoots it with five cameras whirling around trying to capture as much of it as possible to cut together in editing with "energy". Spielberg…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs


    Deeply unpleasant experience every time, but have to keep revisiting for the impeccable execution. Simply brilliant and brilliantly simple.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    It's a shame that almost everyone is gonna watch this on Netflix because about an hour into my 2pm showtime today, an old man walked in, stood at the front and watched a solid 90 seconds of Cumberbatch castrating a cow before turning to all of us and loudly asking, "This not the Gucci movie?" And I think Jane Campion wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Jacquot


    Pretty startling to watch this just a couple days after BELFAST, the latest in an endless line of men deeming their own childhood worthy of immortalization (and yes, I've done it too although not quite so literally). Would any of those men have thought to immortalize their wife's childhood instead? It just brings me back to my all-time favorite quote - "Great art comes from our capacity to love. Bad art comes from our desire to be loved."

    Agnes's movies always feel like she probably personally had to go broke to make them and that's really the best compliment you can give any filmmaker.

  • The Windmill Movie

    The Windmill Movie


    Deeply connected to this when I saw it in the theater and didn't as much tonight. It could be because around 2009 I was on a kick of kaleidoscopic, autobiographical docs (IN A DREAM, OCTOBER COUNTRY, MUST READ AFTER MY DEATH) and streaming content has cannibalized that format to the point of numbness. Or it could be, I hate to say it, that I'm more successful now. I just don't relate to Dick as much anymore. In 2009, I had…

  • A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness


    Even on a second viewing, I can barely comprehend what I'm watching in a narrative sense, but the technical achievement and innovation more than makes it worthwhile. Nearly a hundred years later and I still intend to steal from this for my next movie.