• After the Thin Man

    After the Thin Man

    This franchise is required material for pre-marital counseling.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    Whoops forgot to log. This would be dead-center in the rankings of Craig-era Bond, two of which are good and two of which are not good, with this one closer to "good" than not. Loved the subtlety of the ending!!! So subtle it almost kicked my teeth in while screaming at me! Sorry for the sarcasm, just trying to describe the most un-subtle finale of any Bond movie ever without spoiling it. But hey, as a big-time believer in monogamy, I have to appreciate Bond's (re)turn toward becoming a one-woman guy. And just in time to <redacted>!

  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    The definitive

  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    We made a chart in class listing the film's themes/motifs, more than a couple of which had some point of contact in 2021:

    -viral pandemic
    -alternate realities
    -mental health
    -institutionalization, incarceration, due process...
    -animal rights
    -environmentalism
    -authority of science/scientists
    -experimentation (lab-originated pandemic?)
    -revolutionaries & activists
    -(self-)medication & drug use
    -authoritarianism & civil disobedience
    -apocalypse/dystopia
    -mass shootings
    -"conspiracies"
    -homelessness
    -art (&) history
    -news media coverage

    "Still got it!"—12 Monkeys

  • White Christmas

    White Christmas

    Despite the production value, this movie is so haphazard, with flubbed lines and bad edits and plot holes and idiotic characters and continuity errors. But it has "Sisters," so I hope it lives forever and deserves its status as one of the only pre-1990 movies on Netflix.

  • Elf

    Elf

    What I remember about the original release of Elf, whether totally accurate or not, was (1) how it was much better received than the "last" Matrix movie and (2) how some of my friends thought I was lame for liking it (Elf, that is, not the Matrix movie). Now, 18 years later, Bob Newhart is somehow still alive. Letterboxd is great because anyone can post amazing reviews like this!

  • Design for Living

    Design for Living

    I've been holding off on completing Lubitsch's filmography, because I don't want to live in a world in which I've run out of Lubitsch films to watch. This was worth holding out for. His wasn't a "touch" as much as an imprint in every shot and line of dialogue. This level of cleverness and sass is so rare and so compelling, a side effect is how it makes most films–even decent ones—seem disposable by comparison. Lubitsch is #hookittomyveins cinema.

  • A Muppet Family Christmas

    A Muppet Family Christmas

    The older the Muppets iteration, the better.

  • Jingle All the Way
  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    Beautiful people tortured by longing, but beautifully

  • Downtown

    Downtown

    Something about this was quite upsetting to me. Probably not just the elevation of form over content, not even the divorce of the two, but the idolatry of the former and the obliteration of the latter. Freakin fireworks cinema. Ephemeral, fleeting, spectacular, and empty. Tiktok videos have more going for them.

  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    Lynch takes clichés—shot-reverse-shots, cinematography, and especially dialogue—and turns them inside out, recontextualizing them alongside one another and creating a surrealist comedy homage. Each and every line is so totally familiar, having heard them time and again in all manner of movies, but Lynch injects them with new life and meaning in this not-merely-absurdist throwback. It leaves one with the lingering question, what exactly did Jack do?