• November



    Visually gorgeous and quite intriguing in its presentation of Estonian folklore (both the macabre and the downright silly aspects), November feels just a bit too scattershot in its focus to be deeply affecting on an emotional level.  That said, I think there’s something here that I can’t quite put my finger on, themes that are worthy of consideration, like those in many of the best folktales...

  • House of Dracula

    House of Dracula


    Quite the whimper for this series to go out on.  I kinda despise Carradine’s take on Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr.’s eternally mopey Talbot.  Given that, I was never going to be a fan of this film, but the sheer laziness on display here is just downright galling.

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street


    Love the way this movie sketches the underworld ecosystem of 1970s Harlem with a humanism that reminded me of The Wire. There aren't any real heroes or villains to be found here: just people doing whatever their malleable consciences let them do in order to get ahead.

  • Drive a Crooked Road

    Drive a Crooked Road


    Not quite what I'd consider "top shelf noir," Drive a Crooked Road has stuck with me in a way I didn't really anticipate. This is largely due to Rooney's sad and reserved performance, which gives us one of noir's more pitiable protagonists.

  • King of New York

    King of New York


    I had planned to watch Howard Hawks’ Scarface on the Criterion Channel, but it had been removed, so I watched this instead.  Not a bad substitute, all things considered.

  • The Spell

    The Spell


    A bit of an underrated film, in my opinion. Some dodgy execution and undercooked subplots aside (likely caused by the constraints of made-for-tv movies), there's a lot of intriguing stuff to be found in this domestic horror offering. Lee Grant gives a very solid performance as the mother whose daughter's teenage rebellion may be the sign of something far more sinister.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child


    I hated the characters in this, which would typically lead me to root for Freddy as he offs the new set of annoying teens, but he’s so lame here that I was denied even that small pleasure.

  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon


    There’s a real magic here and unforgettable images that haven’t lost their power.

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day


    Hilarious and sad and meaningful and bleak and hopeful in something like equal measure. A masterpiece.

  • The Unholy Three

    The Unholy Three


    While ultimately a bit too silly for me to take completely seriously, I still appreciate the completely bonkers premise and the movie's total commitment to it.

  • The Navigator

    The Navigator


    So far, the Keaton movie that has made me laugh the most. There are a ton of inventive gags here and while the film as a whole may not be as thrilling as The General, it's nevertheless an accomplished and skillful piece of comedic entertainment.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight


    The Last Temptation of Sir Gawain