Nathan

I love disaster, and I love Mary Astor.

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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    ★★★½

    Slight upgrade. I complained about the acting in '07, which I now find bizarre as all of the performances except Hugh Marlowe's generally impressed me. But the last 10 minutes or so very badly skewer this one for me. More here (spoilers) if you care.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★

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

    This is to Trainspotting as Oliver! is to The Third Man. God bless Himesh Patel for trying really really hard and delivering a charming performance plus some very good musicianship in this incomprehensibly ill-conceived shitshow, but neither he nor the other enthusiastic cast members (Lily James, Joel Fry, and to a lesser extent Kate McKinnon all deliver better work than the script deserves) can make this any less embarrassing. Its premise by itself doesn't seem too awful, even if too gimmicky…

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★

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

    Random thoughts for the day I watched this for the first time in many years and afterward realized it's been almost exactly a decade since I saw it in the theater, which is a weird feeling:

    When this was released and my then-girlfriend and I saw it and were enchanted by it, I had never been through a breakup. Funny how getting older changes how you see a film like this so much. The scenes establishing Joel and Clementine's relationship…

  • The Black Pirate

    The Black Pirate

    ★★★

    It's hard for us as modern audience members to have a full grasp on what made a star a Star in silent-era Hollywood... then you see a performance like Douglas Fairbanks' in this, and it all becomes clear. His sheer charisma is completely ageless, his agility and comic sensibility -- mugging as he does for the invisible crowd watching -- couldn't be more engaging. The film's hackneyed action-adventure story (of a vengeful hero saving a princess from ruthless pirates who've…