James has written 29 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2018.

  • Electra Glide in Blue

    Electra Glide in Blue

    ★★★½

    Much less impact on me than prior viewings, but only half watching this time. Still some of the best Conrad Hall and Bobby Blake action tho.

  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    Telluride Film Festival 2018, DCP

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★½

    Telluride Film Festival 2018, DCP

    *larger review forthcoming, but for now a couple revelations:

    - Oja Kodar sporting the earliest shaven bush in cinema history?

    - Amazing hippie club sequence where "Fruit And Icebergs" by Randy Holden's Blue Cheer plays out in it's entirety




    In Attendance: Frank Marshall, Peter Bogdonovich, Joe McBride

  • The Girl Can't Help It

    The Girl Can't Help It

    ★★★½

    Anthology Film Archives, DCP

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    Cinépolis Chelsea, DCP

  • Old Enough

    Old Enough

    ★★★½

    Very sweet, authentic-feeling coming of age/class examination about two young girls from differing backgrounds in NY in the early 80's.

    Was a pleasant surprise to realize in the credits that it was shot by Michael Ballhaus.

    It's oddly refreshing that the film makes no big deal of the fact that the 31 year old woman living upstairs fucked Sarah's 15 year old brother. 😬

    Bummed out now that I missed this on 35mm at The Quad last month.

    Wonder where Rainbow Harvest is now??

  • Rembrandt

    Rembrandt

    ★★★½

    Laughton delivering some of the greatest monologues ever committed to film in scene after scene.

  • Willow

    Willow

    ★★★½

    Never imagined I’d find myself watching a laserdisc of Willow at the Criterion offices. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • This Is the End

    This Is the End

    ★★★½

    Viewed silently with closed captioning on a TV at 169 Bar while getting hammered on $3 shot+beer happy hour specials and it was still pretty damn funny.

  • Andre the Giant

    Andre the Giant

    ★★★½

    Worth watching, if only to see Vince McMahon cry.

  • Floating Weeds

    Floating Weeds

    ★★★½

    MoMA, DCP