• Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★

    Watching a ton of movies in chronological order, you know you've hit a new era of filmmaking when the movie starts with a drug deal. That said, while it may have been unique at the time, there's not much to recommend Easy Rider in the modern age. The movie feels a like an ego job, the plot isn't particular strong and there's not much there besides capturing a bunch of counter culture at a moment in time. I know I'm…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★

    A woman comes to grips with her fears while awaiting the results of a cancer test. At first I found it a little boring, more relevant as a snapshot of 1960's Paris. As the film went on (including after where it remained on my mind) I began to appreciate it more and more.

  • Z

    Z

    ★★★

    Political thriller about the assassination of a politician in Greece based on real life events. Z is one of those movies you can see directors studying to steal elements from. It's a well made film, moving quickly from the set-up to the cover-up and the eventual discovery of the crime. However, while its an entertaining watch, it never really grabs you. At the end of the film I liked it, didn't love it, and couldn't really decide why.

  • The Dirty Dozen

    The Dirty Dozen

    ★★★½

    A perfectly enjoyable action film. Lee Martin assembles a precursor to the Suicide Squad to take out some Nazis in France. The ensemble cast is great and the film moves along entertainingly despite some questionable focuses like devoting more time to the training war games than the actual event. It's not great cinema but a fine way to spend a Saturday morning.

  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★½

    I still don't like Godard part 3.

    I think I'm officially done with my third try. Compared the the first two, I actually sort of enjoyed Pierrot Le Fou in it's own way. Godard's films are less stories on their own but rather a collection of ideas. They are good ideas, with interesting themes and visual imagery. However, collected and absent a through line, they feel more like pontificating in a cafe than an enjoyable piece of cinema. There's a…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★½

    With all of the awards and accolades, I feel like I'm way out of step with the majority on this one.

    The good - yes, it's very well acted with both Taylor and Burton inhabiting their parts to the point of being unrecognizable. The dialogue is top notch and Mike Nichols' direction is impressive. Even more so considering this was his film director debut.

    The real - it's just over 2 hours of two shrill people yelling at each other.…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    How do you review 2001: A Space Odyssey in 2021? At its release in 1968, it must have looked unlike anything ever seen on screen before. Its depiction of the cold, slowness of space sets the blueprint for so much that followed that the imagery becomes almost standard instead of unique. That said, if there's any undeniable fact of Kubrick, it is his talent for visual imagery - and even if no longer wholly unique, its still incredibly memorable 50+…

  • Belle de Jour

    Belle de Jour

    ★★★½

    Bunel's exploration of the secret fantasy life of a Parisian housewife is shocking for how openly it deals with the frank sexual topic while at the same time never feeling voyeuristic. Catherine Deneuve perfectly transforms from icy and standoffish at the beginning of the film to more free but struggling with her secret. It's a complete film, never trashy or shocking for the sake of being shocking, just telling a story that rings true despite being taboo.

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★½

    Buoyed by two standout acting performances, Midnight Cowboy tracks an unlikely friendship between two hustler's in New York's underbelly. The performances by Hoffman and Voight are phenomenal and the highlight of the film but the film itself never gets as interesting as its actors. It's good but not great,

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★½

    Not quite sure what to make of Blow-up. There's a story in there somewhere but even the movie seems to forget about it at times. The first 45 mins or so are lacking in story entirely. There's a lot of be said about some of the themes of perception vs reality but even these are exhibited sporadically. Instead it feels unfinished. What's left is an interesting period piece, documenting the late 60s London mod scene. After watching a ton of…

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★½

    The Graduate is one of those movies I had heard about for so long before watching that I went in with extremely high expectations. Expectations that sadly were not met. On the plus side, the cinematography stands out here - a ton of iconic imagery and even in the mundane standard shots, such much feels crisp and alive. On the con, maybe its my age, but every annoying element of Dustin Hoffman is turned up here and as the star…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★½

    Definitely freaky, Rosemary's Baby is a master class in slowly building tension with a standout performance from Mia Farrow. It falls off a bit in the last 10 minutes as the payoff is finally reached with a tone very different from the rest of the movie but with all that buildup, I'm not sure where else it could go.