There is a direct cinematic genealogy line from Orson Welles in this to David Lynch in The Fablemans.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989
Watching a decent high concept original feature in the age of whatever the hell is at the multiplex the last few years… a breath of fresh air. But, it’s also pretty standard stuff in execution. Follows all the beats you’d expect from the logline, etc.
Then again, as my four year old exclaimed whilst the tiny children were flying around the yard on the back of a bee: “This is the craziest movie I’ve ever seen.”
D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! 2022
Classic double the length necessary amounting to nothing in the end, but sometimes slickly produced Netflix doc series stuffs
Pepsi, Where's My Jet? 2022
Absolutely loved this!?! Best Netflix Doc series in quite sometime.
This lays heavy on the fun, cheeky aspects in all the right ways, but simultaneously presents the story with great detail.
Probably overselling it because I was expecting more guilty pleasure dogshit. But, also, sincerely- fuck those smug Pepsi talking head shills, minus the creative director, who actually had some perspective outside the asshole of a Pepsi can.
PAW Patrol: The Movie 2021
I cannot believe we’ve allowed this franchise to happen to our children.
The Overnighters 2014
As a person without faith, I often find much to absolutely abhor about organized religion. And yet, I must admit my soft spot for those who are "doing it right."
This is an incredible, empathetic piece of humanist documentary filmmaking- both uplifting and devastating in equal measure. Encompasses so much of what makes up the mosaic of the American experiment. Highly effective.
American Hustle 2013
The outer shell of a prestige picture masks a hollow little inside.
Dinner in America 2020
First half of this is unbearable. Second half starts clicking and is a bit of a delight, despite a lack of genuine surprise throughout.
"Watermelon" is a certified banger.
Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence 2023
Doesn’t do any better than Netflix Docs in the redundancy department, but it does up end that formula with a more thorough approach and a few bolder directorial choices.
Still, a lot of unanswered questions, namely, like, yo, what the fuck happened to Talia?????
MH370: The Plane That Disappeared 2023
This is a particularly junky, overlong, and completely unrevalatory documentary, even by Netflix’ dash and release standards.
On the Count of Three 2021
A bit too predictable to really land the bigger thematic conclusions and socio-political undertones, but still retains moments that spark.
Lots more Papa Roach than expected, tbh