I just don’t know about film criticism anymore, man. This movie is a ton of fun - and a hell of a lot better than some of the blasé titles racking up the high scores on Metacritic. If Top Gun: Maverick was the classy, elegant event movie to kick off the summer, then Bullet Train is the wilder and more manic one to close it out. Great fight sequences and stunts galore. So, yes, five stars on principle - a very fun birthday treat.
I was fortunate enough to know Horton Foote through my friend Bolton Eckert, and Anne Rapp’s documentary is a wonderful tribute to the brilliant playwright and screenwriter.
There was an amazing Q&A last Friday with Anne and Tim O'Brien (author of The Things They Carried), moderated by Richard Linklater, at AFS Cinema.
I will admit that the following was one of the highlights of the evening: Linklater was sitting behind my guest and me, and he's interviewed in the documentary…
“Would you want to be a part of this history?” - Jimmy Hoffa
“Yes, I would. Whatever you need me to do, I’m available.” - Me
New York Film Festival screening at Alice Tully Hall. Good lord, how I loved this film. What can I even say? The shortest 3 1/2 hours of my life. My heroes banded together for a masterpiece.
The Caan Film Festival begins with this screwball buddy cop masterpiece. Cars piling up on top of each other will always be funny. The Warner Archive Blu-Ray doesn’t come with a commentary, but it would be redundant anyway - Caan and Arkin never stop talking, and everything that comes out of their mouths is hilarious. No morals or life lessons to be found here - just reckless fun and who-gives-a-shit energy.