• The Real Thing

    The Real Thing

    I recoiled when I realized what this film was about. If you are a member of the U.S. military who loves your trans child, it is your duty to rebel against the oil companies and arms dealers who are exploiting you to murder innocent people around the world. Those corporations that are the real owners of the military, the ones pulling the strings and determining which countries will be bombed, couped, invaded, occupied, and exploited, those corporations are the ones…

  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

    The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

    I never was a fan of Todd McFarlane, but I have to admit, his comic style is the perfect pick for replicating the art of immature, misogynist children bucking against a religious establishment. That's a judgment of McFarlane more than the children, who are portrayed here as exactly the kind of kids you would expect in 1970s middle America Catholic school. As evocation of a certain adolescent angst, this works very well, and as it entrenches itself in that mindset,…

  • The X Files: I Want to Believe

    The X Files: I Want to Believe

    Having seen everything up to season 10 (and as of this writing, I am working on that), I have to admit, while I enjoy the mythology episodes, the stand alones are always my favorite. So this film being a stand alone didn't really bother me - especially since I know the revival series exists. Had this been the cap to the series, I might find it a frustrating ending, but as just an extended stand alone episode, it's fine. It…

  • The X Files

    The X Files

    I won't even pretend to analyze this outside the context of the show; I can't imagine this film stands up without that broader context. The strengths of the show carry this - the chemistry between Scully and Mulder, the byzantine mythology, the delightful side characters - while the best parts of being a film come out in the set design at the end. In fact, if nothing else, that's what makes this worth it. Those HR Giger-esque mazes of alien…

  • Betty Tells Her Story

    Betty Tells Her Story

    While I have no doubt Betty is telling her story sincerely, I can't think of a better term for how she tells it than to call it a performance - this is what the entire film rests upon. The filmmakers steadily watch her face the entire time, zooming in slowly at times, moving out a bit at other times, letting her hands accentuate some of what she is saying; it is this capturing of her recital of the story (twice…

  • A Sixth Part of the World

    A Sixth Part of the World

    There is nothing wrong with hard work.

    Look at this website. Look at the enormous amount of effort people have put into this site for nothing more than the pleasure of writing about film. They gain no money. It doesn't help them survive. It doesn't do anything but share their thoughts with the world. And while writing on this site isn't exactly comparable to factory or field work, there has been a tremendous amount of effort put into the writing…

  • Rhett and Link’s Night of Terror

    Rhett and Link’s Night of Terror

    The only thing that really feels off is the performance of Link when he's part of the album; he's a little too aww shucks corny to maintain the atmosphere at that moment. It's over-acted and should be comic relief, but the jokes don't land in part because they're not that great (sorry) and partly because they're jarringly antithetical to the forlorn and spooky tone in that particular part. Either they needed to play it more seriously (I almost said "straighter",…

  • The Kid from Brooklyn

    The Kid from Brooklyn

    Danny Kaye is amazing, but there's some jokes that cross the line.

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★½

    This way this film makes the improbable feel inevitable...

  • Postcards from the Edge

    Postcards from the Edge

    There is far too much forgiveness in this, in the end, for me to feel fully comfortable with it. Whatever emotional closure you get works for you, I suppose, but I feel like this resolved far too easily and at times felt judgmental of Suzanne's complaints, giving more credence to Doris's defenses and ultimately laying blame on the previous generation. While of course these things do get passed down, it didn't take time to examine that and sorta just hand-waved it in a way.

  • Norma Rae

    Norma Rae

    I don't know how much of this was Hollywoodized, but I have a feeling the almost-romance was at least overblown in this depiction. However, I appreciate that they portray it as platonic - a good union organizer would never cross that line. (Of course we're all human, but in terms of serving as an example...) Key points from this film for any aspiring organizer:

    * Make sure whatever you write is clear and easy for anyone to follow.

    * Racial…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    The recent glut of AI-driven art really puts a film like this into perspective. The endless, awkwardly inserted references to previous films, especially the original, feel the same way as those AI-created art pieces that draw from (or steal from, depending on your views) the work of others - as if some algorithm that has no context for what made the first film good has cut it up and used pieces of it to make something technically new but in…