• The 'Burbs

    The 'Burbs

    ★★★★★

    1989 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    I watched it again, still the best out of all the movies.

  • The Panic in Needle Park

    The Panic in Needle Park

    ★★★½

    1971 Ranked

    Tough watch but pretty powerful thanks to the phenomenal performances all around. Would've liked Kitty Winn to have the same career and opportunities as Pacino.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    2021 Ranked
    James Bond Ranked

    There are plot holes all over the place, but it doesn't matter because this one is about character and emotion. A pretty fitting end to the Craig era, and quite ballsy in its choices, particularly around the fate of many characters. The music is well done, the cinematography is quite beautiful, and I really like the performances - particularly of the women. The action is just okay, although the initial car chase and the Cuba…

  • Hell in the Pacific

    Hell in the Pacific

    ★★★★

    1968 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    Lean, exciting, and an insightful commentary on war, masculinity, and survival. Shot beautifully, acted wonderfully, it all leads up to a brutal, abrupt, but fitting ending (no matter which one you watch, although the alternate works much better from a technical perspective).

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★½

    2015 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films
    James Bond Ranked

    I enjoyed myself a lot more this time around, but there are still some big problems, the biggest being the totally unnecessary connection between Blofeld and Bond. Some really great sequences in this, but as a whole it lacks.

    Guess it is finally time for me to venture out to a theatre for the first time since 1917(!) to see the new one.

  • The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    ★★★★★

    1965 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    An absolute masterpiece.

    The Ipcress File is a delight. Palmer is a great character and is played sublimely by Caine - easily my favorite performance by him. The script is fun, with lots of espionage stuff mixed with espionage stuffiness, and the action is brief, blunt, and effective. Barry's score has a real low key Bond feel, not the bangers, but all the supporting pieces - and it works incredibly. What's most impressive, however, is…

  • Force 10 From Navarone

    Force 10 From Navarone

    ★★★½

    1978 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    Maybe it is the shorter length, the better performances, or the more relaxed tone, but I actually prefer this to The Guns of Navarone. I'm certain a big part of it is the sturdy hands of proven epic adventure/espionage director Guy Hamilton, no stranger to suspenseful action, spectacle set pieces, and successfully mixing action and levity. This one feels primed to grow on me with rewatches, almost feels like it could end up being a comfort film.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Guns of Navarone

    ★★★

    1961 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    Not as fun as I remember. I still dig the whole 'man on a mission' thing, the suspense is usually present and often works, but the film feels a little belabored. It is long, overlong actually, and that often drains that tension. Gregory Peck is a problem here too. He's too stiff, too regimented, and too one-note. I don't usually love him, but he can be effective - but not in this. I do love…

  • The Big Steal

    The Big Steal

    ★★★★

    1949 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    Don Siegel seems to always deliver, and The Big Steal is no exception. What a great cat and mouse (and cat and mouse) chase movie, a noirish picture but nearly without shadow, instead replaced with the blistering Mexican sun. Mitchum, Greer, and Bendix are all fantastic here. It's light but exciting, and the twist genuinely surprised me. Compact and enjoyable.

  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village

    Next Stop, Greenwich Village

    ★★★

    1976 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    I appreciate the film for what it is and its bold approach to the subject matter and I think the way the characters are developed and explored is interesting. I did however, really start to feel like enough was enough. Many characters border on insufferable and long scenes watching them work through their problems and struggle with life became abrasive. Well crafted, just didn't bring me a ton of enjoyment.

  • El Dorado

    El Dorado

    ★★★★½

    1966 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    From Get Shorty:

    Bo Catlett:
    You broke into my house, and I have a witness to it.

    Chili Palmer:
    What?

    Bo Catlett:
    Only this time it ain't no John Wayne and Dean Martin shooting bad guys in "El Dorado."

    Chili Palmer:
    That was "Rio Bravo." Robert Mitchum played the drunk in "El Dorado." Dean Martin played the drunk in "Rio Bravo." Basically, it was the same part. Now John Wayne, he did the same in…

  • While the City Sleeps

    While the City Sleeps

    ★★★★

    1956 Ranked
    Physically Owned Films

    Really good stuff. Procedural, but from a media perspective as opposed to a police perspective. Some interesting drama, some solid suspense, and a whole lot of commentary on the media and how it is changing - well before newspapers truly died. Absolutely stacked cast and solid Fritz Lang direction.