• The Town

    The Town

    ★★½

    Our lawyahs say we gotta say not everybody from Charlestown is a bank robbah, but let's face it, most of you ah bank robbahs.

    I want morah Boston in this movie! What could we rob that's the most Boston? Fenway pahk! They rob The Sox! Is that even real? Who cares? we need Boston wrapped in Boston stuffed inside o' Boston!

    But seriously, remembah at the staht when we said that in Charleston robbin banks was like a trade handed down from father to son? We were just kidding about that paht. (but no seriously, if ya from Charleston, ya probably a bank robbah).

  • Paid in Full

    Paid in Full

    ★★★

    Decent low budget NY crime film, not given to overly exploitative violence, though containing a few cliches, still had a heart (just not as big a one as, say, Belly)

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★

    Gritty NY crime movies don't get much grittier

  • Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition

    Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition

    ★★★★

    Great look at a national treasure. Thanks to Robert B Weide for making this available on his Vimeo to commemorate Mort Stahl’s recent passing.

  • 50 Years of Star Trek

    50 Years of Star Trek

    Like a low budget corporate video promoting Star Trek - borderline embarrassing in parts, but with a rare few interviews that aren't just total pablum. Was difficult viewing even for this lifelong Trekkie.

  • Mike Nichols: An American Master

    Mike Nichols: An American Master

    ★★★

    Solid love letter from Elaine May to Mike Nichols - fairly standard but a few funny editing choices to remind you who the devil made it.

  • Crazy Joe

    Crazy Joe

    ★★½

    Fun to see Peter Boyle in a leading role, and RIp Torn is always compelling, even if he's kind of wasted in this film. Recommended for mob movie completists, with its gloss on real-life Mafia history - at the time not even that ancient - but done better in other films (especially Scorsese's the Irishman). Some great moments between Boyle and Williamson and my favorite scenes were those of Joe getting woke in prison. But plenty of other standard mob-spolitation moments abound for those open to its charms. But don't expect high art!

  • The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

    The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

    Truly awful - watched only for the sake of a sick completist mindset. Having just watched the not-much-better-and-yet-so-much-better Crazy Joe I wanted to see the earlier version of this story and it basically bears only the thinnest resemblance. Nothing in this film is good or working, from jokes that aren't funny (the only close to funny one is the first one, of the wife starting the mobster's car) and a plot that barely pretends to need to make any sense,…

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★★

    Style . . . is the artist’s way of giving expression to his perception of the material. . . . Through style, he gets others to see the material through his eyes.

    Style is not something which can be separated from the finished work of art. It saturates and penetrates it.

    Carl Dreyer, “A Little on Film Style”

  • Letters to Matthew

    Letters to Matthew

    Drop me a line if you ever want to see "Letters FROM Matthew"!

  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    ★★

    Some laughs but none on the level were used to from Dave. I just wasn’t digging this new catchphrase - “So annoying!”  Listening to a celebrity complain about his lessers and tell stories of the people he could beat up for 75% of his show just isn’t my idea of great comedy. Serious late stage Lenny Bruce vibes. The ending chunk was genuinely touching but he’s right to give it a rest until he’s sure were laughing together. And if…

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★½

    Well it was no "The Devils" or even Altered States, but it was great fun and truly bizarre enough to make me wonder just how much David Lynch might have watched this film. At the very least, they had some similar sensibility at times - and Hugh Grant doing his thing in this milieu was quite enjoyable. Extra points for the once and future Doctor as a strapping young Scotsman who knows what those bagpipes are for!