• Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2

    Inundated with streaming fatigue, and searching for the films I needed to round out my McTiernan watchthrough alongside the Blank Check series, I ventured out to my local library and was thrilled to find all of the remaining movies I needed on DVD, plus Die Hard 2 to fill the gap between the two McTiernan entries.

    It may seem obvious if you go to a library with any frequency, but if you have a good one in your town, it…

  • Basic

    Basic

    It’s like a completely fine, exceedingly convoluted NCIS episode. Not a great showing for Travolta or Jackson (one which doesn’t capitalize at all on the chemistry potential of a Pulp Fiction reunion) and unfortunately a pretty forgettable final film for the legendary John McTiernan.

    Lot of bizarre performances that don’t really work. Nice to see Tim Daly though.

    There’s a “twist” about 25 minutes from the end which results in an absolutely hilarious, over-the-top edit when Travolta finds out this new information.

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    It’s interesting how clearly you can see what each brother brings to their shared features in terms of tone, theme, and style when you compare this to the other Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth and then cross-reference both with movies like Inside Llewyn Davis, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, etc. 

    I really enjoyed both of their solo efforts. Drive-Away Dolls starts so fast and comes on so strong that it took me about ten-fifteen minutes to really settle into this movie’s rhythm, but once I did, I was having a blast. It’s fun, breezy, and stylish.

    The introduction of Matt Damon’s character was peak.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    Michael Caine was right when he said Tenet is the best action film ever.

  • Smile

    Smile

    This and Talk to Me are two movies I just neglected to see in a theater last year and I’m bummed about it. Really enjoyed this one. It is a familiar formula that I’ve seen done with movies like Truth or Dare or Countdown, but like a much much much better version in every regard.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    Good best picture

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    Dakota Johnson said I’d like it so much that I would see it a second time.  I proved her right.

    I’m almost genuinely ready to go to bat for her and say that she’s giving a sincerely funny, offbeat performance that delivers well on the shaky, bizarre tone of the movie. So many lines of her’s had me cracking up, and I think she’s more aware of that than people want to give credit for.

    It is a disastrous movie…

  • Grizzly Man

    Grizzly Man

    A truly tragic story about a man who, like Tommy Wiseau and a few other cult figures cut from this cloth, is so endearingly strange and well-intended that you cannot help but to be fascinated with him, while feeling at the same time that his delusions and naive approach to engaging with reality around him would lead to a lot of harm if not reigned in. Sometimes you love him, sometimes you can’t stand him, ultimately, you just feel bad…

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    I have never seen a major studio release as mystifying as this one. There’s ADR, there’s Pepsi, Spider-visions, more Pepsi, 2003-era hacking, a Spider-Shaman, Sydney Sweeney, even more Pepsi, and Dakota Johnson somehow managing to find the perfect wavelength for a performance that is just the right amount of aware of the film around her while also being quite earnest.

    So, it’s like the worst movie I’ve maybe ever seen in a few regards? But when I say worst, I don’t mean it was hard to sit through. I would watch this a dozen more times. I might go see it again this week. It’s awesome.

  • The French Connection

    The French Connection

    It’s no Welcome to Mooseport, that’s for sure.

  • Reality

    Reality

    I found this pretty fascinating. As a movie which essentially just adapts a transcript 1-to-1, there are a few interesting creative choices in the edit that make it so much more cinematic than what you’d expect. These moments are often subtle, but they alone make the case for why this isn’t better off just being a stage play.

    The entire film has an air of uncanny discomfort, as you’re slowly watching someone’s life be picked apart by people who are…

  • Nomads

    Nomads

    What exactly is going on here