• Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★½

    "Are you waving the flag at me?"

    Better than I gave it credit for last time. Hot damn can Fuller spit a noir. His firecracker dialogue is at fever pitch here. Nobody is innocent, some have lines they refuse to cross, others don't care who they'll sell out or sell to for a buck. Everybody is out for themselves.

    Bullies, pickpockets, agents, murder, romance, lose your tails, fuck the Reds, buy a tie, cool your beer in the river, don't get your head blown off.

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

    Space Jam: A New Legacy slipped in its own vomit so Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers could...I don't know...not run, exactly, but at least jog. It at least does something clever with a lot of its references. Feels like it was reworked from a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel script (and not just because Roger Rabbit makes an appearance). I belly laughed more than a few times.

    There's a solid Cats gag that got to me. I never thought I'd see Stan's dad from South Park and Doc McStuffins in the same movie, but here we are.

  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

    The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

    ★★★

    Why can't we all just get along?

  • Moscow on the Hudson

    Moscow on the Hudson

    ★★★★

    "Give me rent.

  • Underworld U.S.A.

    Underworld U.S.A.

    ★★★

    I thought maybe revisiting this several years later would be kinder to it. It's Fuller at the height of his game doing a recent crime thriller! It's got Cliff Robertson as a scowling, vengeful hero! It's gotta be better than I remember, right?

    In some ways I certainly came off appreciating it more this time. Fuller pulls out all the stops when it comes to clever dialogue, and he gives a scattering of truly memorable moments that kick the audience…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

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

    Yeah I'm pretty confident of my rating now.

    I like that this is fairly straight-forward. The only time it loses its momentum is a short spat between arriving at universe 838 and the introduction of the Illuminati. This section notably includes Wanda's arrival at Wundagore, a plot device which feels included to pad the story out (those demon servants feels like stock DND minions, and why was the Darkhold so easy to destroy?) but ultimately makes a better setting for…

  • The Sword and the Dragon

    The Sword and the Dragon

    ★★★★

    I love the grand Cinemascope vistas, I love the impossibly massive scale of the battle scenes (I don't know that I've ever seen so many extras on screen at one time before), I love the episodic tales of daring feats and magical encounters in this fantasy folk tale, and I love that it's all packed into 90 minutes.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    Sam brings his spook-a-blast sensibilities to bring us a carnival ride of a movie. Delightfully macabre. Had me cackling with delight several times.

    Bring Sam and Ivan in to write the next one and you have the ingredients for a masterpiece.

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★★½

    Still the best MCU movie. The most layered characters! Selfless themes! Most creative set pieces!

    I love that the big climactic fight sequence is centered around reversing destruction instead of causing it, and the final showdown is focused on an act of sacrificial non-violence.

    I am pumped for Raimi's whacked out approach to sorcery in the MCU, but I can't imagine he'll put out anything as rich as Derrickson's entry.

    Previous review.

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★★½

    I cheered every time Raimi blew up another screaming plastic skeleton.

    Watched the International cut this time. It's like the director's cut only it leaves in the stuff I don't care for and leaves out the extra good stuff. Once again, the theatrical cut wins out as the best version.

    Previous reviews here and here.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★★

    You know, I would love to see Karl Urban return to the role of Judge Dredd. He guy undeniably kills the role, hiding a hint of humanity behind his growls and ruthless sense of justice. But we're so far beyond that now that the fact that this is a one-off piece of focused pulp perfection makes it all the more special.

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Fascinating how a movie made up of little more than slow tracking shots and discussions can slowly wrap me in its mesmerizing ropes. That conversation outside The Room about true desire and whether we really want what we think we want, and what confrontating our true nature might do to us, is an all time great scene.

    More movies should take a nap halfway through.

    Check out my video discussion on this movie from 2015.