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KateSherrod has written 27 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • The Beaver Trilogy

    The Beaver Trilogy

    ★★★½

    The iterations are everything.

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★★½

    I expect this not to stand up super will on subsequent viewings but it was fun and now I'm going to re-watch the other two films XD

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Not my favorite Greenaway, for all that the elements I look to my trio (Greenaway/Vierny/Nyman) for. I find it even harder to watch now than I did many years ago. I realize that's a sign of its impact and thus its quality, but I just don't like it much. Then again, I don't much care for gangster stories, even if, as here, the bully gets what's coming to him.

  • We Are The Tide

    We Are The Tide

    ★★★½

    If you're among the many who are anxiously awaiting the film adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, this film ought to tide you over (Ha ha). Like much lo-fi sci-fi, this is a slow burn, and more atmospheric than dramatic or exciting, but sometimes quietly mysterious is just what's needed.

  • 24 Hour Party People

    24 Hour Party People

    ★★★½

    The combination of Michael Winterbottom, Steve Cohan and Rob Brydon is never not excellent. The film lives up to its soundtrack.

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★½

    Trying to decide if this is more Cronenberg or Ballard. I'm leaning towards the former, but I have yet to read the book, which I usually do first, but I'm giving myself a Ballard film festival tonight.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★½

    After the disaster that was the prior installment of JJTrek I vowed never again. But then as Discovery started up, I kept hearing people say that this film was actually pretty good.

    And so it is. Pretty good. I rolled my eyes at the reverse Star Wars when Kirk is Darth Vader trying to prevent Luke/Krall from blowing up the Death Star /Yorktown, but I have to admit that "Sabotage" destroying the X-Wings/Bees was a fun touch.

    And of course I choked up at THAT PHOTO. And every time Chekhov was on screen.

  • Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    ★★★½

    A Planet Money podcast enacted by A list actors, Too Big to Fail focuses on Treasury Secretary ( and former Goldman Sachs executive) Hank Paulson, depicting him as the adult in the room, if not an actual hero. I take some issue with that.

    Excellent performances all around, though, and the writers did a good job making boring but important events interesting and understandable.

    Occupy should have burned it all down.

  • Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

    Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

    ★★★½

    A friend just revealed he was almost in this movie as an expert on the (now stolen or destroyed) tiles in St. Louis, so I had to watch this again. I saw one in NYC when I was a teenager. Fond memory.

  • Young Törless

    Young Törless

    ★★★½

    This is based on a book that I admire rather than like, and my reaction to this film is similar. It's hard stuff to take -- cruelty, exploitation, savagery -- but convincingly portrayed in both media. I was imagining younger boys when I read Musil's novel, though. I don't know if it was a choice, a change for the film, or if I was just mistaken when I read the book many years ago, but seeing older boys acting this…

  • Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

    Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

    ★★★½

    This is one of those films that the people who need to see it the most will never see. In other words, it's scarily relevant to our current political situation, BUT it pitches far too high.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★★½

    Chekhov's picked off vino-scab! Chekhov's evil douchenozzle! Chekhov's velocitaptors! Chekhov's Tyrannosaurus! Chekhov's moasaur! Now with bonus pterodactyl skeet shooting! But the T-Rex really should have taken a huge crap on the helicopter pad on the final scene.