• A Fish Called Wanda

    A Fish Called Wanda

    ★★★

    I thought this was going to be an essential. It most certainly is not, but I guess I ended up liking it in the end. I love goofy, situational comedy, but a lot of this was sloppy and unfunny. There were some good moments however, and Jamie Lee Curtis always has my respect.

    Charles Crichton directed this?!? Holy cow.

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One

    Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One

    ★★★★★

    Watched both volumes for the twenty-thousandth time. Got to show these to a buddy of mine last night who’s a big Clone Wars fan. He was digging it. I swear, I can dissect the heck out of any of these scenes. The excessive action, the samurai nature of the Jedi, the ruthlessness of the villains (Durge, Ventress, and Grevious are a triumph), the nostalgia, the effect this content has on the films, I could go on for the rest of time.

  • Clerks

    Clerks

    ★★★★½

    90s B&W Linklaterish vibes with quick-witted situational comedy that would make Ernst Lubistch drool. Sometimes the deadpan acting doesn’t work, but sometimes it lands hard. Jay and Silent Bob are way way way funnier than I thought they would be. And Jeff Anderson’s Randal owns this thing.

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★★½

    Delightful. Tim Robbins is all out goofy! I kind of fell in love with Jennifer Jason Leigh, wow didn’t expect that. Paul Newman is the man. This definitely pays tribute to the fast-paced comedies of the 30s and 40s which are near and dear to my heart.

    Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Sam Raimi!

  • Disenchanted

    Disenchanted

    ★½

    Yikes. But it had legitimate musical numbers so yay

  • Shrek 2

    Shrek 2

    ★★★

    This was no Hoodwinked! but I thought it was funny. The trumpet guy playing the Hawaii Five-0 theme song was hilarious. My favorite line was probably from Donkey:

    “First there was the time the farmer traded me for some magic beans. I ain't never gotten over that. Then this fool went off and had a party, and they all started trying to pin a tail on me. Then they all got drunk, and started hitting me with sticks, yelling Piñata! Piñata!"

  • Strange World

    Strange World

    Let’s assess the last five years of Disney and Pixar animated films. It’s a rocky road.

    Cars 3- terrible 
    Coco- good
    Incredibles 2- bad
    Ralph Breaks the Internet- no
    Toy Story 4- disappointing
    Frozen 2- pretty, but has big problems
    Onward- good
    Soul- good
    Raya and the Last Dragon- so bad
    Luca- good
    Encanto- good
    Turning Red- a travesty
    Lightyear- unbelievably dull
    Strange World- just awful

    This is not exactly a peak.

  • Room

    Room

    ★★★★

    I’m late to the party on this one. I think I would call this essential 2010s viewing, despite the fact that some of the filmmaking bothered me. (Sound mixing and closeups were a little off). But the story is jolting and deeply painful, so much that you can’t stop watching. It’s just too harrowing and disgusting to deny. Brie Larson cruises to the Oscar.

  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables

    ★★★★

    I’m still figuring out De Palma. I don’t see much consistency in his filmography, but I like the guy. The Untouchables doesn’t seem to have flare, but it does have heart. Sean Connery was awesome, De Niro was iconic, and Andy Garcia was elating. Kevin Costner will never take it all the way. I’m convinced. He’s just okay in every movie he’s in (even JFK).

    Shockingly, I started crying when ************ died. Something about him using every ounce of his life to help his companions get a leg up on Capone was too panicky and virtuous. Ennio Morricone’s sweeping score made everything better.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    ★★★★★

    Big Screen, TCM 60th Anniversary

    Everything. All of it. I weeped. It takes me by the spinal cord. I’ll never understand how people can shrug this off as something forgettable/one note. To Kill a Mockingbird is a true, dependable friend. 

    The filmmaking brilliantly makes audiences feel as if they are little children. I always wind up calling the cinematography “intimate”, because we really get close and small when these kids are experiencing life. This is a dream world jolted awake by…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    Funny, homey, beautiful, isolating, off balance. For me, Ireland will always be the home I’ve never had.

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★½

    I respect the vision here. It took some guts to call this a Halloween sequel. But I didn’t like the characters or the story, and the vibe wasn’t quite homey enough for me. Three highlights: the bugs and snakes crawling out of that kid’s mask, the screwdriver death, and that chilling ending. But there’s nothing else that stood out to me. I’m not surprised this flopped and they retconned the second film out of desperation.