• Seven Chances

    Seven Chances

    ★★★★

    This was sitting at maybe 3 stars until the bugnuts climax in the last 15 minutes. It’s more a comedy of manners for most of it, as Keaton tries to find a woman to marry to secure a $7 million fortune before day’s end, after blowing it with his girl. He starts by asking the seven women (all cuties with bob cut hairstyles, no complaints) he knows at the country club—there’s the titular seven chances—and it ends with him being…

  • The Goat

    The Goat

    ★★★★

    A simple premise, man mistaken for escaped prisoner, constantly on the run from every cop & scaring away every civilian he sees. Some truly great slapstick in this, and it’s a joy to watch Buster just run everywhere.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    A grand-daddy of the sci-fi genre I’d never seen before. Totally understand why it is revered the way it is, and also why people are baffled by the ending. Even knowing some things—particularly HAL—didn’t detract, as there was plenty I had no clue about, and the stuff I did know was still gripping. The technical effects on this are fantastic, as is the 60’s space aesthetic. The moon sequence made me want to go watch Ad Astra. Very cool, and one that will probably improve for me on a rewatch, whenever that may be.

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  • See How They Run

    See How They Run

    ★★★★

    A lot of fun! Saoirse is fantastically funny in this. Sam Rockwell’s detective is surprisingly reserved as the lead detective, where most whodunit’s have them be the quirky charismatic one, but this one leaves it to the sidekick. I really loved a small scene where Saoirse acknowledges her flaws with good insight. The mystery is good, there’s some great sight gags, particularly one towards the end. Some of the supporting cast could really have done with an extra scene or…

  • Cellular

    Cellular

    ★★★

    Absolute top-tier B-movie trash of my youth. William H. “It’s a day spa you fuck!” Macy is the MVP.

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★★

    Ghost pirates. Slow seaside town vibes. Adrianne Barbeau doing late-night radio. My favourite weather, the titular fog. Good movie.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★

    To make a black comedy back in ‘64 that’s still entertaining now is impressive. Jokes that still ring true, over-the-top performances, quite entertaining. I’m pretty comfortable admitting that satire isn’t really my jam, so there’s probably stuff I missed, but even so, the surface level stuff was good. Big fan of George Scott’s General Turgidson who’s got a nuclear boner for explosions until he keeps remembering the fate of the world that comes after. Less a fan of Sellers—I’ve only seen him in this and Lolita, and not really a fan of his whole schtick. 

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  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★

    I watched this back in 2019, and while I didn’t write a long review of it, I was clearly pretty dismissive. Not sure why, because I really enjoyed watching this back on the big screen tonight. It’s truly a feat of technical wizardry, because this movie still looks amazing—and not like ‘oh you can spot a few wonky bits here and there, but it’s got its charm and good for its time’, no it’s actually incredible. The jungle, the creature…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Saw this on the big screen for the first time since its release and HO. LEE. SHIT. This movie looks and sounds so goooood. Also, got to see this with a big group of friends as a week-late birthday treat, which was a five-star experience of its own.

  • Our Hospitality

    Our Hospitality

    ★★★★

    Buster Keaton finds himself embroiled in a decades old family feud when he returns to collect his dead father’s property. Running from the family who hate him—and their pretty daughter—leads to some very funny moments. Starting with a long train ride with absurd tracks—over a log, up and down over rocky landscapes, tracks half-suspended, crazy that it’s real—before getting to the town, where it becomes almost a comedy of manners. The daughter invites him to their house, where the father…

  • Convict 13

    Convict 13

    ★★★½

    A fun short full of great physical gags, as Keaton is a golfer who accidentally ends up in prison. Very funny moments that were completely lost on the women who walked out of my screening saying ‘what was that even about?’

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★★

    My least favourite of the trilogy, and still a pretty great movie, despite its flaws. It’s the best looking one of the bunch, both in terms of graphics and scenery—the hidden dragon world is a sight to behold, the flying sequences are still excellent, and the villain’s acid-spitting hench-dragons are genuinely intimidating because of how real their attacks seem. The themes of leadership are really well handled in this as well. I love that Toothless gets his own plot in…