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  • The Lonely Man

    The Lonely Man

    Anthony Perkins was so good. What a contrast in this one, THE LONELY MAN, between his style and Palance’s. Perkins moves like he’s in water, Palance like he’s in clay. Great.

  • The Sons of Katie Elder

    The Sons of Katie Elder

    Pity the direction’s a hair too stiff. Everything else about this thing is having a ball. Script great. Score great. There’s no reality in which you could ever buy Wayne and Martin as brothers — until you see them on screen together and you no longer give a shit.

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    What a joy this is!
    What a hard movie to make so well! And to not even notice the difficulty while watching!
    The remixing of the story here is something I’ve seen a couple people bump up against, but it lent the whole thing such power! To remove the straight line of it all and to bring the whole of this story all at once, flitting from youthful hope and angst to older disappointment and truer hope, god damn!  God damn! I love this! So grand and so airy! So full and so alive!

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Kylo Ren, Finn, and Rey are characters of such persuasive, heartbreaking richness. There’s so much that’s so fucking gorgeous about this movie, but these characters are all so independently interesting as stand-ins for varying millennial/Gen Z concerns. 

    What some bristle at about this new trilogy, and this installment particularly, is its modernity, but that’s exactly the characteristic that makes it truly STAR WARS. It’s got something on its mind. Not just the overt stuff, the legacy and what do we…