• Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly


    This film is soooooo heavy-handed thematically, which ruins the otherwise great look and feel of the film. If you listen to them, the conversations are (usually) far more important than the violence, and they should've been allowed to do most of the heavy lifting. The Pitt/Jenkins scenes provide a nice comedic element while at the same time reinforce the theme far more than blaring TV and radio reports on the economy. This should've been great.

  • Ann Vickers

    Ann Vickers


    I often complain about movies that are too long, but here's one that would've benefited from a longer running time. Some interesting directorial decisions, plus Cromwell would return to a prison setting in 1950 for CAGED, although that film has far more prison sequences than this one. ANN VICKERS is definitely worth a look.

  • True Confession

    True Confession


    If only the script had been better... Most everything else works in this, especially the cast. Carole Lombard is certainly given it her all.

  • Chicago Confidential

    Chicago Confidential


    The script is pretty pedestrian, but the cast does remarkably well with it. Beverly Garland does some good work with the one scene she's given that has some teeth. Although he's uncredited here, the film includes a good Jack Lambert appearance.

  • The Fly

    The Fly


    Revisiting this for the first time I saw it in theaters in 1986. A brilliant decision to remake the original from 1958. While the clothes and hair are all '80s, everything else about the film holds up wonderfully.

  • The Fearmakers

    The Fearmakers


    I hope to write a full review of this one, a film with several strengths, but also several weaknesses.

  • The Brainiac

    The Brainiac


    This was bonkers, but I had a great time with it.

  • The Drive to Sing

    The Drive to Sing


    Review forthcoming at Video Librarian:

  • Oppenheimer



    I can't remember the last time I experienced a three-hour film that moved so rapidly. There's so much to unpack here, but doing so will probably involve another viewing in a theater better equipped to handle the sound than the venue I attended. My initial worry that Nolan was simply going to cliche himself for three hours was put to rest sometime during that first hour, again, something I plan to explore in an upcoming review. See it on the largest screen you can with the best sound system you can find.

  • Heart of Glass

    Heart of Glass

    I have no idea what to do, think, or say about this movie, but I will definitely watch it again, maybe while hypnotized.

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


    Indiana Jones… He just can’t stay away from those Nazis…

    That’s where we find Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), captured by Nazis in 1944 as he and fellow archeologist Basil Shaw (Toby Jones) attempt to recover the Lance of Longinus from the hands of Nazi astrophysicist Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen). Nazis can’t keep from gloating, so Voller grants Jones a quick peek at the artifact before he meets his demise. Realizing it’s a fake, Jones rains on Voller’s parade (Don’t worry;…

  • Number Seventeen

    Number Seventeen


    Alfred Hitchcock called Number Seventeen a disaster.

    The picture was assigned to Hitchcock by Elstree Studios as a “quota” picture, films that were 100% produced in Great Britain with British casts and crew that could be imported to America. Hitchcock was hoping to be given John Van Druten’s play London Wall (1931) to adapt but was instead handed Number Seventeen, an old dark house play written by Joseph Jefferson Farjeon. In protest Hitchcock apparently decided to turn the project into…