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  • Wheelman

    Wheelman

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly good. It's a small thriller, nothing extraordinary, nothing we haven't seen before, but it does it's job admirably. Movies like this are the reason why people don't go to the theater anymore. It's not strictly because they can watch movies at home, it's because they can watch movies at home that are better than 95% of what's in the multiplex right now.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    I don't understand how so many people are upset over this film "failing to preform" at the box office. No, the Fast and Furious crowd didn't show up for the glacially-paced thinking-person's cerebral tech noir art-house mystery film. This kind of movie never makes money. It never has and it never will. Ever. If you're surprised by this fact of life, you are not using your brain.

    With that out of the way, it's a good film. Not extraordinary. How…

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    Damn, this holds up surprisingly well. The pacing is bang-on. The movie just started and before you know it, John Travolta is murdering pigs. If you haven't seen this in a while, I recommend going back to it for a fresh viewing. It's better than most of the horror films made these days, and one of the best King adaptations next to The Shining.

  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    ★★★½

    Not exactly a horror film, and not exactly a thriller. It plays like a psychological drama more than anything. There are creepy parts, but the film's insistence to avoid genre conventions gives it a uniquely odd tone. I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing, but I do know the shift into an anti-sexual assault PSA at the end is not a good thing. It's more after-school-special than horror flick. Weird movie but well-made. Watch once. Probably won't have to see it again. I do, however, like the adaptation from the novel, which is too long by about 300 pages.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    This film has almost no discernible 3-act structure. The breaks are so incredibly well streamlined into the narrative that it all just glides along without feeling too rigid.

    I don't feel, after a second viewing, that this is a particularly "scary" movie. It has atmosphere to burn, but when it was over, I wasn't creeped out or enchanted by it for very long after. The "effect" wore off quickly, is one way to put it.


    Beer: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout - 4.5/5 (not quite as good as it was in previous years, a bit too sugary, but still tasted good)

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★

    This might have been the first time I've re-watched a Malick film where the experience fell below my expectation. I still love the movie and consider it masterful, but I feel that his other works hold up better on repeat viewings. This film is particularly strong up front but wobbles a bit going out. The best stuff is in the first half. The worst is at the end. The worst stuff is still great, but as a whole, it feels…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★★

    A far more political film than meets the eye. It's every bit about the blue collar working class juxtaposed with the artistic and philosophic sensibilities of the upper class as it is about two fine ladies getting it on X-rated style. In fact, the sexual element of the movie can almost play secondary to the political leanings of the narrative.

    In my first review, I argued the film would be better with 45 minutes cut off and a more concrete resolution. This time around, I wouldn't change a thing. The movie is perfect as it is.

  • Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City

    Competently made, but leaves out some key information while getting other elements wrong. They say McVeigh knew about the nursery, yet McVeigh testified that he didn't know and would likely have called the whole thing off had he known. They leave out the idea that he was considering an assassination spree instead of a bombing (he later regretted choosing a truck bomb over assassinations), and say next to nothing about Lori Fortier and her role in the event, among other details.

    Check it out, but read up on the events if you want to know more.

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    Howard Hawks once said "A good movie is a hundred perfect scenes and no bad ones", or something like that.

    There is not a weak moment in this entire film. Every scene is flawless and essential. The most boring scene here would still make a great short film. This, of course, is only made possible by the impeccable cast. Every actor is fully dedicated to their role, regardless of size or importance. The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, in particular,…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    A true piece of art.

    Beer: Victory White Monkey - 4.5/5 (tripels and quads are perfect movie beers)

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    ★★★½

    I have a soft spot for stories about two disparate people meeting and connecting while battling their own internal demons.


    Beer: Singlecut Beersmiths Mo' Shuggie Soulbender IPA - 4/5 (one of the lesser efforts from one of the top breweries going today)