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  • The Fall

    The Fall

    ★★★½

    Visually lush, mildly problematic, and kind of just darn beautiful.

  • Footnote

    Footnote

    ★★★½

    Father-son issues told from the other way 'round: a father labors in strict ascetic obscurity, scowling as his far more likable son collects accolades and regard. A mild dark comedy ensues when roles are suddenly switched, with a prestigious award going (mistakenly) to the father rather than the son. The comedy falls away in the third act and things draw out to bleak conclusions. Were it not for the abruptness in the final third, I'd go with a higher rating. Worth seeing, just don't expect any rainbows in the end.

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    Probably the best film noir to come out of Hollywood since Chinatown.

  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★½

    Another fun, if slightly problematic, offering from our late-90s Goth years. The Matrix "brain-in-a-box" scenario before there was a Matrix. And Kiefer Sutherland is *damn* fun to watch summoning his version of the 1950s B-movie mad scientist.