• Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★★

    The second installment of Fear Street is still pure pastiche but I enjoyed it more than the first film in the series, due to the 70s camp in the woods time period and setting. Again, kind of wicked/brilliant to set this before Friday the 13th. These films are great introductions to the genre for new horror fans. I can’t tell if they would  delight  or annoy old-schoolers who recognize all the stolen moments. I fluctuate back-and-forth, but these films are mostly easy to turn your brain off and enjoy if you’re a horror hound.

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

    Pure pastiche. Evil fun to make a Williamson-esque slasher, set before Scream. Perfect horror fan junk food so sweet it gets stuck in your teeth.

  • Bo Burnham: Inside
  • Steve-O: Gnarly

    Steve-O: Gnarly

    I threw up during the post-credits sequence.

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★½

    Great concept. Decent execution. The elevator pitch sounds like more fun than this is. But it’s solid. Several great performances. A couple that didn’t quite work. Way too much CGI and action for my tastes. Super zombies always suck. Stop doing that. I’d have preferred zombies more in the vein of Dawn of the Dead or The Walking Dead but Army of the Dead was Resident Evil 2 and 3 meets Ocean’s 11, heavy on the Resident Evil, with a…

  • Green Day: The Early Years

    Green Day: The Early Years

    ★★★★½

    Punk as f*ck  —  *brought to you by the Honda Motor Company

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    It wasn’t any good, but what Mortal Kombat movie was ever going to be any good? Seriously, what were those who were disappointed expecting? Did they see Mortal Kombat (1995)? Honestly, I didn’t think the 2021 version would be half as good as it was.

    I will hand it to them for the two Sub Zero/Scorpion scenes. They surpassed any reasonable expectation. And this film DID do what none of those GI Joe, Transformers, Street Fighter, Master of the Universe…

  • Skate Witches

    Skate Witches

    “To be quite frank, they’re not even that good of skateboarders.” I have to hand it to SKATE WITCHES for having fun with popular clichés of skateboard and punk rock culture, not to mention (sub)urban witches. But what this is, in actuality, is the ultimate in poser exhibition.

  • Leaving Neverland

    Leaving Neverland

    ★★★★

    I avoided this film ... I struggled watching this film ... because so much of my childhood was infused with a love of Michael Jackson—his music, his videos, his style, his dance, his persona ... I was just the exact right age to be blown away by Thriller, Bad, Captain EO, and Moonwalker. As a little brown kid who felt excluded in the white communities I was raised in, I wanted to buy into the feel-good, inclusive vision of We…

  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
  • Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American

    Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American

    ★★★½

    Nate Bargatze is my favorite comedian I've come across in the past 5 years. Can’t get enough of his unique charm, understated delivery, and quick wit. THE GREATEST AVERAGE AMERICAN isn’t as polished or laugh-out-loud funny as his previous specials, but it’s still enjoyable and it’s cool to have done it during Covid. It makes for a singular viewing experience. His weakest release, but more Nate Bargatze comedy is always a good thing.

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that intelligence is the ability to hold two contradictory opinions in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. So ... here goes: Roman Polanski made some of my favorite films of all time, including Rosemary's Baby .... and fuck that child molestor.