• Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel

    ★★★½

    I needed more of John Barrymore’s dog in this film

  • Mrs. Miniver

    Mrs. Miniver

    ★★★½

    They may not have explicitly said anything bad about the Germans, but you KNOW the soldier was evil once he started drinking straight from their milk bottle instead of getting a glass

  • Gigi

    Gigi

    ★★½

    While the colors, costumes, and set are reminiscent of Minelli’s classic Meet Me in St. Louis, Gigi falls short in pretty much every other category that makes a great story and great musical. The songs aren’t great and the misogynistic undertones throughout the entire film make the themes less resonant.
    The part of the film that definitely ages the worst is one of the very first songs, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” It’s sung by a womanizing old man... that’s…

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★

    Birdman’s cinematography walked so 1917’s could run.
    I really enjoyed this movie. Definitely loved the meta aspect of Keaton playing an actor known for a superhero he played in years past, where Keaton was famous for being Batman but was one of the few to actually NOT get stuck in only being associated with that character.
    It’ll be interesting to see how the actors who now play the Avengers will fare 20 years from now. Will RDJ become Riggan Thomson?…

  • All the King's Men

    All the King's Men

    ★★★½

    Though the policies he fights for are admirable, Willie Stark represents the dangers in politics when well-intentioned politicians gain power and become godlike personas with cult-like followings that allow them to wrongfully get away with much and more, straying from the causes that truly gained their following.

  • The Lost Weekend

    The Lost Weekend

    ★★★★

    Alcoholism isn’t a stranger to most people, and Wilder, in his genius (as always), illustrates how people can succumb to their fears, desperation, and the cycle of addiction they hope to break.

  • The Bishop's Wife

    The Bishop's Wife

    ★★★½

    Charming Christmas movie about a man who forgets what’s really important in life and is sent a guardian angel to show him the way. Aka, a lesser It’s a Wonderful Life but if Clarence was the most charming man to ever exist.

    I really enjoyed this movie, but it’s just too obvious about trying to ride the coattails of It’s a Wonderful Life which was only released a year earlier. The plot is extremely similar, set at Christmas, Debby is…

  • Charade

    Charade

    ★★★★

    A 1960s Hitchockian thriller starring Audrey Hepburn AND Cary Grant in Paris/a ski resort? Count me in. Only made better by one of the best film/thriller scores of all time.

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    The performances by Ali and Mortensen are what make the movie memorable, but aren’t enough to make the film deserving of best picture. A white savior film in 2018 is unnecessary and implies that America is in the same race-relations situation as we were in 1968 when a similar themed white-savior film In the Heat of the Night came out. Exploring race relations in 2018 should be much more complex with a message that doesn’t use the story of a…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★½

    To answer the question: yes, I was very entertained. Interesting to look at this movie as an influence to Game of Thrones battle scenes, cinematography, character relations, and thirsts or distantes for power.
    What this movie lacks that Game of Thrones gets right is the proper character development. Commodus almost seems like a mix of Joffrey with his cruelty and readiness to kill anyone who protests him and Ramsay with his wrath partly deriving from his wish for love and…

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★

    With obvious influences from Hitchcock (including an overt reference to Psycho as the investigator walks up the staircase to find Cady’s victim), it gets all the right beats of a film noir thriller. The viewer feels the constant anxiety and frustration of Gregory Peck as the lawyer whose family is terrorized by the sadistic, psychotic villain in an unforgettable, terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    ★★★★

    Enthralling. Give me less Gale and more Finnick