• The Holdovers

    The Holdovers


    Life is like a hen house ladder. Shitty and short. 
    -Paul Hunham 

    Alexander Payne had already directed enough great films to cement his legacy but this might be his best. 

    You could say that casting Paul Giamatti in this role is too on the nose, but who gives a shit. He’s too good at playing this type of character not to enjoy it. Also, where the fuck did Dominic Sessa come from? He was fantastic. 

    Da'Vine Joy Randolph deserves praise…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen


    Come here. I want to talk to you. 
    -Qing Zhao 

    Holy shit. Starts out as a gangster revenge film but then the film itself drops acid and goes completely off the rails. An assault on the senses, good taste and film as an art form. It’s awesome. 

    Degrees of Separation from Last Movie: 
    -Boxer’s Omen with Phillip Ko 
    -Was in Dragons Forever with Shing Fui-On 
    -Was in China White with Billy Drago 
    -Was in Mysterious Skin 

  • The Final Game of Death

    The Final Game of Death


    Happy Bruce Lee Day! 

    At 223 minutes, it’ll probably be too much for anyone except Bruce Lee fans, but it’s a fantastic way to present all available footage from Lee’s unfinished Game of Death while solving the problem of having no sound by presenting a voice over essay about what Lee was aspiring too over it. 

    It’s really too bad about the sound though as I would have loved to hear those moments between takes where Lee seemed incredibly happy…

  • King on Screen

    King on Screen


    Functional and not much else. It’s not a very well-made doc, but the subject matter will win some over. Reminds me how I find that Hollywood or some cinephiles don’t respect Stephen King much. Considering his impact on pop culture over the last 50 years a better documentary than this should be available, even if it only centers on movie and tv adaptations. 

    I still liked it though because I’m a sucker for watching documentaries about stuff I love that offer little to no new information. I’m cheap and easily entertained. Show me movie clips of films I already like and I’m happy. 

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin


    Okay's a relative term. 

    I don’t think I will ever watch this again, but I won’t have to because this is going to stay with me for some time. 

    Degrees of Separation from Last Movie: 
    -Mysterious Skin with Joseph Gordon-Levitt 
    -Was in Inception with Ken Watanabe 
    -Was in The Creator 

  • The Creator

    The Creator


    Whose side are you on, huh? 

    So well made that you don’t notice how dumb it is. Not necessarily dumb, more like a great idea that wasn’t fully developed. 

    There’re some moments of illogical nonsense that I can’t get passed but it looks so good that I don’t really care. It just feels like the film should have been smarter. Like I’m holding it up to a higher standard because of the production value. 

    Great production with fantastic performances.…

  • Man's Favorite Sport?

    Man's Favorite Sport?


    Every time I see you, you're up to your neck in zippers. 
    -Tex Connors 

    A bit too goofy to ever crack my list of favorites Howard Hawks‘ films (if I made one), what with the bear riding a motorcycle and Rock Hudson ending up wearing inflatable pants, but damn if I didn’t still find it delightful.  

    Hudson is of course great and all, but the real reason I enjoyed this so much is because of Paula Prentiss. Was never really…

  • Five Nights at Freddy's

    Five Nights at Freddy's


    Just keep your eyes on the monitors and keep people out. Piece of cake. 
    -Steve Raglan 

    When Willy’s Wonderland came out, everyone said that it was a rip-off of the Five Nights at Freddy’s video game. That seems to be more or less right, but in that film Nicolas Cage plays the lead who doesn’t utter a single word in the entire film and that character is by far more interesting than all characters combined in this one. The character…

  • Gloria



    He don't know the score, he sees a dame like you, and a guy like me, he don't know. 
    -Phil Dawn 

    A weird one for John Cassavetes in how straight forward it is, but I just loved Gena Rowlands (his better half) in this. Chain smoking New Yorker Gloria, who ends up with a Puerto Rican kid in tow that the mob wants to kill. 

    The twist here is that Gloria is tougher than the gangsters, you know this because…

  • Old Dads

    Old Dads


    I think when it comes to guys, there's just not a lot of layers. 
    -Leah Kelly 

    Check out Bill Burr making his directing debut here. It’s rough around the edges, but it’s his humor. A left leaning comedian that is often pissing off the left. 

    When he’s not doing standup or directing movies, he’s making fun of Trump supporters that went into a tizzy because his wife, Nia Renée Hill, flipped off (both hands!) the former orange president at a…

  • Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

    Scott Pilgrim Takes Off


    Everybody needs closure. That's why they call it closure.
    -Kim Pine

    Wow. For something I wasn't originally planning on watching, I ended up loving this. Took a turn I didn't expect, love the story decisions that were made, progressive while staying true to the identity of the source and all with the God damn cast of the live action film.

  • Mr. Dress-Up: The Magic of Make Believe

    Mr. Dress-Up: The Magic of Make Believe


    Was going to say if you're a Canadian of a certain age it's almost impossible that you didn't grow up with Mr. Dressup, but it's not just of a "certain age" it's litteral generations. Some people grew up with him and then watched their kids grow up with him.

    I was surprised how strong the connection was watching this and being reminded what it was like being a small child. Also surprised by the emotions this brought up towards the end.