• Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

    Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

    ★★★★

    These fuckers are funny. The humor is mostly innocent ignorance so when they drop something oddly crude it's couched in a package of boyhood adventure. Conan O'Brien crushes his role as the red head's father, though it's a shame this film wasn't put into theaters. Would've been a hoot. Now people have to find out that Peacock still exists and sign up for a free trial just to watch it.

  • Wonka

    Wonka

    ★★★★

    I regret to inform you that Wonka is a delight. Though Timothee Chalamet does not have the wonderfully expressive eyes of mischief and delight that Gene Wilder and to a lesser extent Johnny Depp have in their respective Willy Wonka takes, he is earnest in his exploration of the whimsy of the character. The supporting cast lifts the acting bar around Mr. Chalamet, and his best scenes are played against Noodle, played by the newcomer Calah Lane. Though many elements…

  • John Wick: Chapter 4

    John Wick: Chapter 4

    ★★

    Well at least John Wick is dead so we can be done with this franchise. It's exhausting to watch this much stunt porn back to back to back. What's that? They're making a TV show? Dang.

  • Silent Night

    Silent Night

    ★★

    I was bored several times during the movie, to the point where I thought if I had been at home I would have likely turned it off. To start, every character seems to know they're in a John Woo film with no dialogue and you can see them wrestling with that reality instead of just... being characters. The husband gets shot in the throat so he can't talk, but the wife just doesn't say anything and then as things devolve…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★

    Why did this need a subtitle? I’ll give them credit; they make this whole series feel like one long stunt showcase with minimal  dialogue and “plot”, characters just dimensional enough to move on to the next punch kick stab shoot

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★

    My rating isn’t based on the glaring continuity issue of John Wick’s windshield being smashed soon after he started driving his car and then it being perfectly fine but it sure didn’t help.

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★½

    Al Pacino really thought he could just say he’s Puerto Rican and we’d all believe him? What a cornball performance. I need to watch more of this guy but so far I am unconvinced he can act? He was good in Godfather and pretty good in the sequel… Viggo Mortensen, however, did his fucking homework for the one scene he’s in. John Liguizamo and Luis Guzman do well with their sidelined roles. Brian de Palma does chase scenes well, and…

  • An Irish Goodbye

    An Irish Goodbye

    ★★★★½

    A very fun, saccharine tale about two brothers who no longer get along, losing their mother and the differing expectations for what is possible next. Sweet, funny, helps to expand audience expectations about people with disabilities. Another short film where the last beats help reframe the rest of the story- not a twist, just a reframing. Not a bad thing, just something I've noticed. Adds a layer to everything else in the story.

  • The Red Suitcase

    The Red Suitcase

    ★★★★½

    A thrilling, simple journey told with exactly the amount of tension it takes for a young girl forced into a potential arranged marriage to escape her arranged husband by... leaving the airport. A simple thing that under normal situations would be an almost mindless endeavor, heightened by the implications therein. Just a few confusing shots but otherwise really well made thriller. The mixed feelings at the end- the greatest goal of the escape was accomplished, but the suitcase that held almost everything she had of her own in life was taken from her by the older man she definitely did not want to marry.

  • Le Pupille

    Le Pupille

    ★★★★★

    A very fun, simple story. Impressively produced and directed. Loved the touches of style throughout; from the child narration, to the real beard that was to the silly sped up walking when the nun fetches the bishop's aid. A great holiday film about looking out for each other when all you understand is spots of joy in a sullen world.

  • Night Ride

    Night Ride

    ★★★★

    What started as a fun silly premise turned deadly serious, and I was there for the ride except I wish that the "driver" didn't pull the curtain back and turn up the radio- I understand the fear, but it felt as though she turned her back a tad too much on her fellow victim of bigotry. I suppose it's excusable as bit of storytelling is necessary, and it was certainly important for the tram to make it to a populated area if the bigots were prepared for violence. Anyway, a touching film, and I loved the themes and the tram. Why can't Brooklyn have trams?

  • Ivalu

    Ivalu

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful and tough film, the landscapes and cinematography naturally subvert the terrible circumstance of the film. Slightly unclear what exactly happened- but best I can surmise is that a dad raped his daughter and she ran away and perhaps drowned herself, but we follow her younger sister trying to solve the mystery, narrated in a letter to that lost sister. I'm fascinated by the production of a film like this, because there's clearly an expense to making it and the…