RSS feed for James

Favorite films

Recent activity

All films

Recent reviews

  • A Little Chaos

    A Little Chaos 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    A Little Chaos is a good film, though not particularly memorable. Kate Winslet's presence elevated it tremendously, and there were a few conversational scenes that I thought were really beautifully written. A significant complaint would be that there is about an hour and a half of slow buildup, and then a sudden shift and the film wraps up very quickly. The ending worked, but more judicious editing of the lead-up was called for. My final impression is that the film…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    Skyfall is a tough act to follow, but in the context of the entire James Bond cannon, Spectre is one of the highlights. Chief among the film's virtues are the many perfectly shot locations, from the action filled opening sequence in Mexico City to the ominous shot of Bond boating across a remote lake in the mountains, to the stark vistas of the desert compound. Lea Seydoux is also a highlight, imbuing another underwritten Bond girl with some intelligence and…

Popular reviews

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2013

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…