My fourth by Chad Stahelski and the fourth in the John Wick franchise, in which Wick’s desire for revenge against the all-powerful organized criminals who wronged him has left him with few friends and very powerful enemies who are willing to devote a great deal of resources to putting him in the ground. In particular, a young, arrogant and ambitious member of the High Table has taken a very violent stand against Wick and anyone who dares offer him comfort…
The Spiders - The Diamond Ship 1920
My fifth by Fritz Lang and the second and final of his The Spiders films, this time following bold adventurer Kay Hoog (???) on a quest to find an amazing Diamond that supposedly grants its owner dominion over all of Asia. It was 1920, you know. His quest first leads him to the secret underground (which is literally underground) of San Francisco’s Chinatown, and then to England to the descendant of a famous privateer who had famously discovered the stone…
Uncut Gems 2019
My second film by the Safdie Brothers.
To begin with, from the two that I've seen and from what I read about their other films, it's evident that as directors, the Safdies produce films with one very particular energy to them, which is something akin to an almost constant heightened sense of extreme anxiety. This is accomplished by having their protagonists be impulsive and short-sighed to an extreme fault - it's an uncomfortable person to have to accompany for the…
The Irishman 2019
My tenth film by Martin Scorsese. I think this marks the longest film I've ever seen in a theater and the first time I've gone to see a movie made for a streaming service in theaters instead of just watching it at home.
I've got a lot of kind of scattered thoughts on this movie, but overall I thought it was very good, although I don't know if I would have the attention span to watch another film of this…