• Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    Just a few jot downs:

    The assistant leads the actress to this cloud formation referred to as The Maloja Snake or simply the snake. The assistant disappears before she can see it herself. The actress questions whether it’s the snake or not, then realizes it is. The snake is this natural phenomenon that takes time to form and become clear. The snake is something like the aging process and/or the realization of the opposing perspective, especially in regards to youth.…

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★

    This might be one of my favorite films if could understand half the dialogue. I’m sure part of that is just that I haven’t seen many naval war films.

    There’s a cat and mouse element to the story that’s fun and there’s a detour midway through the movie that provides this brilliant celebration of life and exploration/adventure, but I think the leadership on display stood out as the essence of this movie. There’s this constant battle between staying the course…

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★

    Rewatched this again. Still haven’t seen the 1945 version that is as far as I’ve heard, objectively impossible to follow. 

    I still don’t understand this version a good bit though. Mainly how exactly Eddie Mars is exploiting the Sternwoods. Brody is blackmailing them yet again, but it’s Mars that is keeping the Regan death covered up by maintaining the illusion that his wife’s run off with him. We know by the very end of the movie that Carmen has killed…

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★

    Watched this time with subtitles.

    It helped a bit, but keeping all these characters straight just isn’t something I can manage. I enjoy Bogart and all his running around town though. Borderline like for now.

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★½

    This film’s comedy is genuinely awful for at least the first 30 minutes, but after a while its desperation (that Streisand embodies) starts to wear off and it becomes this really energetic farce. Still in awe of the car chase.

  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    ★★★

    So I apparently didn’t skip this movie before watching Star Trek IV. If you read my notes on that movie, it explains that and why I thought I did.

    I usually have a great memory of at least the titles of the movies I’ve watched, but I’d forgotten so much about this one I even forgot I watched it at all. 

    I thought Christopher Lloyd was the bad guy of the first movie and was confused to see him show…

  • To Have and Have Not

    To Have and Have Not

    ★★★★★

    I really like Casablanca and I understand this is obviously a carbon copy in many ways, even down to Bogart playing the lead... but, I love To Have and Have Not.

    I'm a bit more drawn to this one for its banter, which is all-time stuff that reminds me of Double Indemnity and it's carbon copy, Body Heat - a couple of my favorites. Walter Brennan's hilarious and endearing, Lauren Bacall is cool, yet somehow seemingly obtainable, and Bogart's Bogart,…

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    After rewatching The Wrath of Khan months ago, I could start to see the charisma in the original Enterprise crew - it was still faint though. I didn’t grow up on Star Trek and until the last year or so I’ve mostly just watched the J.J. Abrams movies, which are a bit forgettable but fun.

    The main point of comparison I’ve made between the two eras of the franchise is the charisma of the cast. It’s pitch perfect in the…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★½

    About the best semi tongue-in-cheek pastiche I’ve seen outside of a Tarantino film. The plot’s convoluted, but brilliant fun. And it’s got a loaded and great looking cast. Danny DeVito FTW!

    Its portrayal of police corruption covers so much ground too. There’s a strong dose of race relations. And there’s organized crime within the force, political bribery, politics of the force itself, PR management, and honest portrayals of both the problematic, yet understandable existence of the brotherhood of cops and…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    What an odd little movie!

    Put this on at 11 o’clock at night and finished up without much of a problem around 1:30 in the morning. A rarity for me, as most movies put me asleep by 10:00.

    Beautiful color palette, location and lighting with lots of wide shots and great pacing to show all of this off. And in its wide shots, the background is always moving in a calm serene manner. The vibe and visual relationship is one…

  • Futureworld

    Futureworld

    The production design alternates between impressing me and making me giggle. Like the first film it features a milestone in CGI - this time being the first feature film to feature 3D CGI. Look out for a model of a hand and then a face on a computer screen - that's it.

    It's never too boring, but it gets close a time or two. It's certainly a relic of a movie to watch with a friend when your expectations aren't…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    I think I realized within the first couple minutes that I wasn’t in the mood to watch this even though I’ve waited for the right time for well over a year. So ignore everything I write below. I also probably need to put subtitles on if there’s a next time.

    The general idea that most comes across to me is something similar to cabin fever like we see in The Shinning. A criticism of The Shinning is one that could…