• The Sunlit Night

    The Sunlit Night

    For the life of me, I do not understand how David Wnendt continues to be given serious amounts of money to make films. His formula is as follows:
    1) Find popular, but not TOO popular novel.
    2) Create screenplay based on said novel, but strip out whatever actually made it interesting.
    3) Premiere at Sundance to middling reviews.
    4) Repeat.

    This film, 70+ minutes of insufferable whimsey, really ought to be titled, SUNDANCE MOVIE. Oh the quirkiness of the characters, oh the beauty of the north-Norwegian landscape, oh the awful voiceover.

    Awful. Just....awful.

  • The Yards

    The Yards

    ★★★★

    Finally saw the director's cut, which has a far better ending than the neatly-tied-up theatrical cut. This film has only gotten better with age.

  • Speaking of Sex

    Speaking of Sex

    I genuinely feel bad for James Spader and Lara Flynn Boyle. This is painful, cringeworthy, and should not exist.

  • Man No Run

    Man No Run

    ★★★★

    Saw this years ago without English subtitles, and still found it fascinating. Having seen it now with subs, I'm even a bigger fan.

  • Mockingbird

    Mockingbird

    ★★

    ** for all the balloons. Good job, production design team!!!

  • Comet

    Comet

    ★★½

    Has this been made with two leads who were actually likeable, interesting, and not industrial-strength irritants like Rossum and Long, it would still be whimsy, but whimsy with two individuals we'd actually enjoy playing in love. Sigh.

  • Deep Down in Florida

    Deep Down in Florida

    All a student needs to make a student film is a girl and a gun. Or in this case 5 guns. Esmail should demand that this is taken down from YouTube.

  • Inside Moves

    Inside Moves

    ★★★

    Hadn’t seen this since 1980. I was 15, on a date, and the hand holding, kissing and mild petting with Jen made me think this was the greatest film ever made. 

    Watching it now, decades later, thousands of miles from NYC, I’m torn between the fond memories of that Saturday afternoon and the simple fact that the film is more than a bit of a mess. Barry Levinson’s script is like 4 movies in one, and each of them is…

  • Electra Glide in Blue

    Electra Glide in Blue

    ★★★★

    It’s politics are abhorrent, but otherwise this is just about as perfect a 70s film as can be. The scene between John, Jolene and Harve could well be in a Cassavetes film.

  • A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

    A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

    And that half a star is only for the Aguas de Marco scene.

  • The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

    The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

    ★★★½

    So much better than expected. The Fosse dance number is reason alone to check it out.

  • Scavenger Hunt

    Scavenger Hunt

    The story behind the film is far more interesting than the film itself.

    The cast, which features 70s TV regulars, comedic talents and even a few Oscar winners, were all part of a secret Hollywood cabal that partook in blood sacrifice, cannibalism, and human trafficking. The leader of the organization was Sir Robert Morley, and their rituals took place in a hidden bunker located 500 feet beneath Chasens, on Beverly Boulevard.

    A high ranking FBI agent, Sheldon Clammoten, who had…