• The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    TV version on the shout Factory blu-ray

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★

    Unevenly paced but not anymore than most low budget exploitation films of the time. Still, what it has are about six or so really intense sequences that make the whole film work. The little movie that could.

  • The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    ★★★

    Great as a little nostalgia rundown of the big Nick shows with a few bts tidbits. Not much as a documentary. Still, some enlightening interviews and details.

  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly fun with an intriguing setting and a mysterious premise that opens up the way it should. Pretty junky overall but it has some decent moments.

  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    The prior movie at least put in some effort for the goodwill it garnered by rolling up it’s sleeves and making you care about a movie so far removed from its original source material and recontextualized almost beyond caring. It was a surprise in that it still somehow worked. This is a movie full of bad decisions and then immediately compounds them at every turn. By the time the “predalien” is implanting eggs inexplicably in the wombs of pregnant mothers,…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★

    Beautifully filmed with detailed use of sets, costumes, and locations. Sadly, all that felt completely wasted on a story without much momentum. None of the character motivations make sense to me, nor do the characters have much depth. The story is flat and has a few moments of impact. Leone and I just don’t seem to jive.

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★

    Hard to deny the power and exhilaration of that car chase. Hard to say I care or understand much of why anything happens in this.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★★½

    I hear people dismiss this one all the time, as if the original Home Alone is some unequalled masterpiece that this film diminishes by its similar beats and echoed humor. Mostly it's just jaded adults griping about consumerism.

    But watch it with a 6 year old and 12 year old and every joke lands and the warm fuzzies at the end hit close to home. Seems to work great. Perfect casting.

  • Vampires

    Vampires

    ★★½

    Wavers somewhere between fun and stupid, this overwrought vampire movie has moments that almost take off like a quintessential Carpenter film but then they circle back into over-serious nonsense. The whole thing struggles to ever really get off the ground, despite a fun concept and an obviously great filmmaker behind it. Woods is okay but his character is pretty harshly written. No one really has much to do. It's written as a b-movie but also tries at a few points…

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    ★★★★

    One of Wes Anderson’s drier films for me and yet it does eventually pack a decent emotional punch in the last third. I like that it’s essentially a mid-life crisis film, only it took most of the running time for me to appreciate that because the guy having the crisis doesn't realize his empty continuation of his job is actually an expression of his despair. The film is full of wonderful details and funny moments. Bill Murray is brilliant here and Willem Dafoe is the surprise supporting highlight. The line crossing scene had me in stitches.

  • It Could Happen to You

    It Could Happen to You

    ★★★

    Cage and Fonda are charming and the story has some fun aspects to it. Sweet but not a whole lot to it.

  • Con Air

    Con Air

    ★★★★½

    Insanity. Stacked cast of people growling sarcastic comments at each other the whole time before getting into a brawl. Needless to say, I still love it. That jerk’s car being airborne as it gets towed behind the plane is the perfect payoff for his annoying existence.