• What?

    What?

    2022 movie viewings, #7. This is a film I unsuccessfully tried to track down years and years ago, so to see it randomly pop up recently at the "Sure, it's Sunday afternoon, why not?" free streaming service Tubi was a real godsend. Created during the worst indulgences of "What The Fuck?" New Hollywood of the early to mid-1970s, back when it seemed like random grubby indie projects were hitting paydirt left and right like unpredictable jackpot dings, people were just…

  • Joy Ride

    Joy Ride

    ★★★★★

    2022 movie watches, #4. Not much to say about this one, besides that it's a very well-done documentary of a comedy tour recently completed of indie clubs by a now early-elderly Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould. Two edgy Generation-X comedians who eventually became better known for their shtick than their work ended up switching gears (Gould started a long tenure as a Simpsons writer, Goldthwait started writing and directing super-dark black edgy intellectual comedies, giving against-type opportunities to buddies of…

  • American Buffalo

    American Buffalo

    ★★★★½

    2022 movie viewings, #3. I was recently reminded of now elderly enfant terrible David Mamet, who started his career as this edgy Chicago playwright during the crazy in-your-face '70s antics of Steppenwolf and the like, eventually earning him all kinds of awards, praise and commercial success, but then in his sixties went Full Trump and got immediately dropped by Hollywood like a baked potato (seriously, check out his IMDB page sometime, and look how lightning-fast he went from A-list properties…

  • The Spanish Prisoner

    The Spanish Prisoner

    2022 movie viewings, #2. I was recently reminded of now elderly enfant terrible David Mamet, who started his career as this edgy Chicago playwright during the crazy in-your-face '70s antics of Steppenwolf and the like, eventually earning him all kinds of awards, praise and commercial success, but then in his sixties went Full Trump and got immediately dropped by Hollywood like a baked potato (seriously, check out his IMDB page sometime, and look how lightning-fast he went from A-list properties…

  • House of Games

    House of Games

    ★★★★½

    2022 movie viewings, #1. I was recently reminded of now elderly enfant terrible David Mamet, who started his career as this edgy Chicago playwright during the crazy in-your-face '70s antics of Steppenwolf and the like, eventually earning him all kinds of awards, praise and commercial success, but then in his sixties went Full Trump and got immediately dropped by Hollywood like a baked potato (seriously, check out his IMDB page sometime, and look how lightning-fast he went from A-list properties…

  • Blame It on Rio

    Blame It on Rio

    2022 movie viewings, #8. I was recently reminded of the woman-hating abomination known as 1984's Blame It on Rio, a movie I actually saw in the theater way back in the day and, like the rest of America, was horrified by; so when I saw that it had been recently added to the "Sure, it's Sunday afternoon, why not?" free streaming service Tubi, I just knew that I had to watch it again. One of those films from that unfortunate…

  • Elenore Makes Love

    Elenore Makes Love

    2022 movie viewings, #6. Watched as part of my ongoing attempt to see every sleazy straight-to-streaming erotic thriller carried by the Tubi free video service, for no other reason than to appease my inner 13-year-old. To be frank, most of them are too terrible to bother writing a review, so for the majority of them I'll simply be entering it into my watchlog to remind myself in the future that I've actually seen it, like I'm doing here today.

  • Femalien: Cosmic Crush

    Femalien: Cosmic Crush

    2022 movie watches, #5. Watched as part of my ongoing attempt to see every sleazy straight-to-streaming erotic thriller carried by the Tubi free video service, for no other reason than to appease my inner 13-year-old. To be frank, most of them are too terrible to bother writing a review, so for the majority of them I'll simply be entering it into my watchlog to remind myself in the future that I've actually seen it, like I'm doing here today.

  • The Hot Rock

    The Hot Rock

    ★★★★★

    2021 movie viewings, #73. Robert Redford's 1972 caper film The Hot Rock has been on my cultural radar for awhile now, or at least since punk band Sleater-Kinney named their 1999 album after it. But it wasn't until finally watching it tonight that I realized it's an adaptation of a novel by witty crime-fiction master Donald E. Westlake; nor did I realize that the adapted screenplay is by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, The Princess…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★★

    2021 movie viewings, #72. This brilliant little film (the Oscar winner this year for Best International Feature) starts out as what you might call "The Slight Monty," in that like that film (and all the films in the now long-established "Full Monty" genre), it's about a group of sad-sack middle-aged men in a small community who end up getting their groove back through a quirky activity, in their case by attempting an experiment in which for twelve hours every day…

  • Biology 101

    Biology 101

    ★★★★★

    2021 movie viewings, #65. Sheesh, you watch one deliberately sleazy straight-to-streaming sexploitation film at free service Tubi, and suddenly its recommendation algorithm thinks you want to watch all of them! ...Oh, wait a minute, that's right, I DO WANT TO WATCH ALL OF THEM, an ongoing guilty pleasure I've had going all the way back to the days of Cinemax in the early 1980s, and which has largely migrated in recent years to the dark back alleys of such second-tier…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★★

    2021 movie viewings, #47. This latest by intense countercultural veteran Paul Schrader is another solid entry in his "Troubled Men Spend Too Much Time Alone In Their Places, Burrowed Inside Their Own Heads" series (also comprising his Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper, Bringing Out the Dead, and most recently the Ethan Hawke Oscar vehicle First Reformed), in this case deploying current Hollywood It Dude Oscar Isaac (the Star Wars sequels, Dune) as a former torturer for the US military…