• AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    Not afraid to get silly with it.

    Leading up to Prey!

  • Predator 2

    Predator 2

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It’s missing the efficiency of the first, but keeps a nice pace and steady build. Donald Glover is great. Absolutely love the payoff of “we’re certain he can only see infrared.” 🤦‍♂️ The world building and references here are just little sprinkles of fun.

    Building up to Prey!

  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    Journey through the World of WKW.

  • The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious

    Watched the blu-ray, which is so old there is a disclaimer saying “Blu-ray is a new technology and you may need to consult your manual…”

    And it looked the same or better than any 4K HDR streams I could get. I knew that, but what a fun way to be reminded.

    First third is more miss than hit, last third is all hit.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    I was really loving it until things started getting explained. And the explanations kind of soured things for me.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    I’m so proud of myself for getting the Tati references.


    “The Concrete Masterpiece” was the best.

  • City of Angels

    City of Angels

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Decided to follow-up Wings of Desire with this film that I've always kind of wanted to see, but never got around to. It was finally time.

    You really get a good sense of the comparison in just the opening few minutes of both films. Wings of Desire starts with the watcher overhearing all kinds of thoughts from people at different points of their lives. City of Angels starts with a child dying.

    Both films are trying to do the same…

  • Heaven Can Wait

    Heaven Can Wait

    Just an easy going charisma machine with a little murder and some heavenly bureaucracy.

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    Watched it with my partner while sharing a pizza. Pretty good Saturday night.

  • Zola

    Zola

    “Dynamic” is a good word to use if you’re trying to fake being an expert. 

    “This painting is so dynamic in its presentation.”

    “Oh, I find this wine to be very dynamic.”

    But…..I was most struck by how dynamic Zola was. Up and down. Slow and fast. Serious, then silly. The writing, performances, cinematography, and score all moved together all over the place to give the film this…dynamism. Now, that’s a cool word.

  • The Big Boss

    The Big Boss

    Kicking off the Criterion box set.

    Bruce Lee and James Tien really stand out. I was surprised to learn that Tien goes on to play villains because he had a natural wholesomeness here that complemented his action and makes him a noble figure.

    Lee, alternatively, plays his role with more of an edge and seems more dangerous.

    I appreciated that Lee’s character falls for the wooing of his boss twice and has to be reminded that something nefarious is going on. I also appreciated that he gets arrested as the credits roll.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    The most striking thing for me about this film was how objective it felt while still being beautiful. It felt warm, but stayed just a neutral observer.

    Also, could this have been a documentary? Or maybe it was close enough, as is.