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  • Miracle on 34th Street

    Miracle on 34th Street


    My wife and I have one more Christmas until our daughter understands complex language and we have to decide what to do about Santa Claus. We're torn. I can see arguments on both sides. I came into Miracle on 34th Street expecting something as opinionated as the "Yes Virginia" editorial, but I was surprised to find the movie a lot more nuanced. The movie even argues against letting children believe in Santa, I think.

    If that sounds weird—the whole end…

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant


    What if a gun had a soul and didn't want to be a gun?

    That's the pitch Brad Bird used when writing The Iron Giant. The movie is based upon a children's book, The Iron Man, but The Iron Man is not about a sentient weapon. Bird reframed the adaptation to be about a living gun after his sister was shot and killed by her husband.

    The original children's book was also borne of grief. Ted Hughes, poet laureate of…

Recent reviews

  • No Man's Land

    No Man's Land


    I watched this story of smugglers operating on the border of Switzerland and France because I was feeling nostalgic for Romandy. Verdant rolling hills and tinkling cowbells acting as backdrop for the rustic decay of architecture and people. Buildings and psyches going to seed. Exactly what I wanted. It hit the spot. Not much to recommend or remember here other than the atmosphere, and I enjoyed it mainly because I had a personal connection.

    Less familiar to me were the…

  • The General

    The General


    I had a hard time figuring out who I wanted to include as the fifth director for my latest Five Directors Deep Dive challenge. No one felt quite right. My dilemma was solved when I idly put on a YouTube compilation of Buster Keaton stunts for my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. She snickered throughout, and I realized that he'd be a great choice. Here's a director I could share with her!

    We've been working our way through the Kino Lorber box set…

Popular reviews

  • The Piano

    The Piano


    This movie is not a romance. It has some of the superficial overtones of a romance, but the love story here is just a part of the plot; it does not inspire any empathetic engagement or vicarious lust. The feel of the love story is best captured by that shot of George's dirty fingernail slowly creeping toward pale flesh visible through a hole in Ada's leggings. Maybe that slowly stalking finger is sexy for George, but for us, it's gross…

  • Nope



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

    OJ announces his intention to break the alien as he would break a horse, and the movie doesn't end with him riding it off into the sunset?! Cowards!

    Peele's MO is to choose a small number of motifs and then play around with them in multiple ways. There are three main ones here: animal wrangling, eyes and cameras, and inflatable objects. The alien, a balloon with a camera-like mouth, combines all three.

    The inflatable object motif is mostly just a…