• The Grandmaster

    The Grandmaster

    ★★★★

    Hong Kong release version

  • Life Finds A Way

    Life Finds A Way

    ★★★

    A sort of 8 1/2 without any erotic reverie and more eating and sleeping.

  • Down a Dark Stairwell

    Down a Dark Stairwell

    ★★★½

    A great documentary that let the viewers engage in the complexities of Akai Gurley’s killing: the disconnect between the Black and Chinese communities, the division between older and younger Chinese and recent immigrants, the danger of staying silent, and the forgotten history of Yellow Peril Supports Black Power.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    3 stars for the great technical achievement with many real time sequences that fizzle out. As many have already noted, this resembles a video game that I can’t play, complete with transitions between set pieces that are similar to loading screens between levels. Perhaps Sam Mendes and company should have screened AN ELEPHANT STANDING STILL or Bi Gan’s work beforehand to learn how to use long single takes effectively without resorting to cheap melodrama and symbolism. 

    The constant use of music is tiresome and Thomas Newman’s score is dreadful.

  • Charlie Says

    Charlie Says

    ★★½

    It’s too scattershot in failing to explore many of its interesting ideas.

  • The Fanatic

    The Fanatic

    THE FANATIC is fucking dumb and probably hates its audience in its portrayal of fandom, but it’s well worth a watch in trying to understand why Travolta was so committed in embarrassing himself and being fearless working with such worthless material.

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★

    Well made, though it just stirs up memories of better movies of bad cops doing bad things in bad neighborhood. Ethan Hawke did a surprise introduction at the screening I attended and that got me to keep comparing the movie to TRAINING DAY through the entire viewing, which didn't help LES MISERABLES in any way. 😬

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Director's cut

  • La Flor

    La Flor

    Watched the first half of episode 3

  • Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together

    Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together

    ★★★

    This remake is a disjointed collection of scenes saved by the elder actresses and Lily Franky who all excelled in doing their usual schticks.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    First half was snoozefest with long stretch on superheroes and supervillains theories discussion expertly delivered by Sarah Paulson. Gets more fun in the second half when Sam Jackson has things to do and the real plot kicks into motion. Not an outright disaster as early reviews are saying and James McAvoy and Jackson are great. It's anticlimactic and inconsequential, which is sad because I saw this at the end of a 3 movie marathon at the Alamo Drafthouse alongside with UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT, both of which I love.

  • The Suspicious Death of a Minor

    The Suspicious Death of a Minor

    ★★★½

    Familiar plot about a shady character investigating the death of a teen call girl is filled in with great scenes, including a long car chase and a roller coaster hit. Ernesto Gastaldi's script verged on parodying genre tropes. Even one of the main music themes quotes the Goblin's DEEP RED! Sergio Martino probably had a good time making this. Fun for an evening or slow afternoon.