• Surf's Up

    Surf's Up

    ★★★

    This is the most "targeted to Gen X dads" movie I've ever seen and it's not the worst thing in the world. Did kids actually like it? I don't know. The wave animation tech sure is pretty.

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man

    ½

    Bad straight Peter Thiel cosplay at best. Tailoring worse than I remembered. These tropes write themselves.

  • 8 Million Ways to Die

    8 Million Ways to Die

    ★★★

    This isn't a review it's just some points, because it's 8 Million Ways to Die that I just watched, and I'm desperate for order.

    It's important that a movie live up to its cover/poster art and well, yes.

    Nothing says "this won't be Harold & Maude, sorry Ashby fans" like "co-written by Oliver Stone" splashing across the screen in 1986. Hooboy there's a lot of dialogue in here.

    I am not a fan of continuity gotchas but the moment Bridges says…

  • Black Is King

    Black Is King

    ★★★★

    I mean the dancing and de-centering is a feast. Now that Wesley Morris mentioned that there are too many cuts in each video for this pastiche-laden storytelling, I can't unsee it. Perfect if they'd let us linger on an image for a second.

    Some of these characters are my new favorite Disney characters. I dislike Disney so much! What am I saying?! Ps I just missed dance-dance. This is very good.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★½

    Drink every time someone says "he's difficult, but great" in Christian Bale's general direction.


    (I'm going to watch this movie 100 times and I'm just as surprised as anyone)

  • Blown Away

    Blown Away

    ★★½

    Look, I'm FROM Boston and we shouldn't ever hear Jeff Bridges switch in and out of a Boston accent; it's a crime on many levels. Not because I'm precious with regional accents, mainly because I'm precious about JB's smooth country via LA baritone, and how dare you.

    Otherwise this is such a weird little time capsule, another bomb-obsessed action film from the 90s (wtf). I wish Tommy Lee Jones was more terrifying as a villain here. He's just kind of…

  • Seabiscuit

    Seabiscuit

    ★★★★½

    Me 3 hours before: Ughs, historical horse movie Oscar bait sure fine I'll reluctantly watch

    Me 3 hours later sobbing in the dark: googling "how do I become a horse girl"

    The great: Somehow manages to pack in all of the human and animal emotion of an epic story without spoonfeeding it to you, a miracle for a 2003 drama. Beautifully steady cameras chasing horses and people in a variety of scenes, and then up close under wild horses (must…

  • Fearless

    Fearless

    ★★★★

    Gorecki was a mf MOOD for this one

    The only thing i knew about this film going in was that 3 people told me to expect to have Feelings™ and that was 100% accurate. I'd like to add that Rosie Perez is a national treasure.

    A highlight of the Bridges oeuvre. I'll watch it again when I need to make sure I'm alive.

  • Arlington Road

    Arlington Road

    ★★

    1999 was the year you could still see Yung Jeff Bridges Face and Crazy Heart JB Face at the same time. It's also a year where you could carry a cell phone or use a land-line and neither/nor would be weird, which is a thing briefly in this film

    Anyway time is mean and domestic terrorism, bad.

  • How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

    How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

    ½

    2008 wasn't long enough ago for the dialogue to be this irrelevant and everyone is lit incorrectly as if the whole movie was shot with mirrors on the ceiling - everyone is shiny and looks older than they do now? HOW?

    BUT Gillian Anderson playing someone insecure for a change = wild.

  • Maria by Callas

    Maria by Callas

    ★★★★★

    A diva is a female version of a hustler.

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★

    Too much schmaltz! Too much ok maybe just a LOT of Film Scoring™ which is never my taste!

    OK you're right there was some very fun action. Was hoping it was going in a different direction in the beginning re: projecting what some people want from other people and their bodies vs what a person actually wants and needs from a body (tres Avatar, non?) but nontheless, she's a badass cyborg and there are bounty hunters and Mahershala.