• Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★½

    Totally ridiculous and poorly realized, but really damn fun and inventive in it's own way.

    Sure, the core idea of this movie is brought down a little by the muddy way the origin of this new society is explained (and the fact it sprung up in only about 50 years), but when this is ostensibly a dumb 80's-but-released-in-the-90's action sci-fi plot doesn't matter a whole lot. There are bad guys and a bad society and Stallone has to be crass…

  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

    An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

    ★★½

    Other than a few moments of laugh out loud bits (mainly from non-actor's delivery like Lawrence the hotel clerk and Adjay) a lot of this is just kind of "huh"; mild bemusement or mild confusion (for some reason there's a lot of extended jokes about people coughing???). Hosking obviously wanted to pivot to a more gentle, "quirky" style, either to attract more big actors like this or just to have a broader appeal. Unfortunately, while I do think this is…

  • Dark Night of the Scarecrow

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow

    ★★★½

    Definitely not would you would expect at first glance. Much more serious, mysterious and eerie than I had expected, this is probably one of the most perfect approaches to TV movie horror I've seen, relying on atmosphere more than gore or scares. A lot of this comes from the soundtrack, sets of dark tones that seem at odds (but well) with the sunny landscapes. Even with gore, the ideas behind the kills are pretty great and even stay in line…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★½

    All the fun of being trapped in a strained marriage! Wheeeee!!!

    A restrained, realistic story held up with beautiful cinematography and direction. So much of this is dry as a bone, both in presentation and humor. In some ways this isn't even really a comedy for how realistically everything is portrayed, but some of the embarrassing situations have their own dark humor to them. The inciting incident, the controlled avalanche scene itself, is very well done as a single take…

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★

    The weirdest Ghibli movie, not due to the subject or events on display (though they do get pretty weird), but more on just how odd the structure is compared to the usual well-plotted story. The pacing here is super sloppy, the movie feels about twice as long as it actually is and despite having a pretty simple goal it feels like the movie wanders around a lot and meanders. Some of this seems relevant to the movie, as a lot…

  • Moving Art: Underwater

    Moving Art: Underwater

    it be that, yep

  • Moving Art: Waterfalls

    Moving Art: Waterfalls

    it be what it be

  • The Car

    The Car

    ★★½

    It's a big evil car, it kills some people and then gets kilt. MOVIE OVER.

    Sure, there's a little bit more to this, but not much. There are some wonderful vista shots of Utah and it's fun to see how the filmmakers put some personality into the car (in both it's unique design and ways it moves), but there's not a lot in this to distinguish it from other "haunted car" movies to come after it. It's sort of interesting…

  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

    Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

    ★★★½

    If this wasn't a musical it might be one of my favorite animated movies.

    This is a rare case where the movie is slow in the beginning & end but really strong in the middle. The opening sections of the movie only have occasional interesting moments outside of the general animation quality (the nasty twin dolls, "Blue" being the only song I enjoyed) but when we get to the Greedy segment, then holy shit buckle up buckaroos. Not only is it…

  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    ★★★½

    Light, witty and funny as so many romcoms of the 40's and 50's are. Stanwyck and Coburn share snappy retorts at lightning speed and Fonda does a great job looking like a blank, bumbling boob (but still sweet). I was impressed with the mirror peeping shot early on for how well the lighting was staged on the matte hand so it looked like everything was happening in the room, and the card bluffing scene may be one of the more…

  • Eraser

    Eraser

    ★★★

    Stupid stupid stupid but what were you expecting? It fun! Cookie cutter stuff that's not even worth going over, but sticks out with big laser guns and crocodile attacks. It's adequate!

  • Under Siege

    Under Siege

    ★★★

    The only tolerable Seagal movie, since other good performances buffer him.

    The man looks practically whisper-thin compared to his current unit self, but he still seems like such a weirdo. And that's in a movie with Gary Busey in it crossdressing! Generally, this follows the typical tropes: terrorist hijacking, semi-retired/disgraced super soldier saving the day as a one-man army, you know the drill. The elements that make this work is some really stellar supporting cast work from Busey and Tommy…