• The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

    Lesser Hitchcock, but even lesser Hitchcock has few moments of absolute mastery (Stewart’s giving of the tranquilizers and the symphony climax are quintessential Hitchcock). What separates this from his masterpieces though is the uneven and too leisurely pace, this feels oddly bloated from the master of suspense. Still, quite enjoyable and the aforementioned sequences elevate this in my mind to something a bit more than just an average thriller flick.

  • The Forest for the Trees

    The Forest for the Trees

    ★★★½

    Really neat to see the DNA of the uncomfortable comedy of Toni Erdmann on display here. For a student film this is pretty fantastic, and contained plenty of moments that made me want to crawl out of my skin. I’m quickly learning Maren Ade knows how to make a damn great party scene.

  • Capturing the Friedmans

    Capturing the Friedmans

    ★★★

    Not watched on this day but logged for record keeping sake

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★½

    Really fantastic at times debut feature, I’m already sold on whatever this director makes next. Shame the story is so weak, because some of this dialogue is among the best I’ve heard in a while. Loved the chemistry between the two leads, and the first 45ish minutes of this film are just dynamite. Going from Fay and Everett testing out her tape recorder, to Fay operating the switchboard and hearing the weird radio interference, to the phone call and interview on air with Billy is just an ELECTRIC sequence of scenes.

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    ★★★

    Meanders a bit looking for that mic drop ending, but to the filmmaker’s credit he sure fucking got it.

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

    Best entry in the trilogy

  • House of Wax

    House of Wax

    ★★★

    seeing this in a theater in 3D would be a lot of fun

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★½

    Down from a 4.

  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    ★★

    Yes, Cage playing pinball and slamming back sody-pops is VERY cool. The rest of this film is hideous to look at, with paper-thin characters that aren’t even fun to watch get killed. Annoyingly self-aware, I couldn’t help but feel like the film was made for a specific, irritating online fan subculture. A horror movie for the dorky little brothers of the world.

  • Freddy vs. Jason

    Freddy vs. Jason

    ★★½

    Been looking back at this era of horror rather fondly, and while this is no Final Destination it’s still remarkably fun in a few sections.

  • I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter

    I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter

    ★★★½

    “I was doing okay and then I had pasta for dinner and I completely lost it I got so much anxiety I didn’t know what else to do” 

    I will never understand girls

  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    ★★★

    Tough one to score. One the one hand it is like many Sandler comedies completely stupid to the point in which you feel dumb for laughing along, but on the other hand it has a genuine heart that is lacking from the majority of mainstream comedies that I’ve seen recently. The sweet sentiment won me over in the end, as Sandler deftly handles the lead role of a man of pure heart wanting only for everyone’s Halloween to be better. Julie Bowen is excellent as the love interest for Hubie, delivering some of my heartiest laughs for how inexplicably horny she is for Hubie. 

    Surprisingly fun.