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  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    Stupid. Ugly. Uninteresting.

    I generally find these movies to be sort of okay in a competent way. This one does not come close to that low bar.

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    ★★★★

    "It's supposed to be this great, life-changing film. But basically you just learn people's backstories." - my wife, not wrong

    The marvel of the movie is how that lengthy conversation in the final act, shot mostly in the film's preferred shallow focus with a single head-and-shoulders occupying half the frame, manages to be so engaging. It's a remarkable feat of writing and acting, and the film's one showy camera movement serves as an intriguing false climax. The choice to follow with a dialogue-free dance sequence is also inspired.

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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)

    What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.

    An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    Aaron Sorkin demands that at each moment you recognize exactly how intelligent he is. Every turn of phrase, overlapped sentence, and twist in the argument screams to be heard as written by Aaron Sorkin. The obvious problem with wanting people to know just how intelligent you are is that people will find out just how intelligent you are. One surmises that everything Sorkin has contemplated in relation to technology, online/offline, class, social hierarchies, elitism is right there in the script,…