• Heartbreakers

    Heartbreakers

    ★★★

    I had a fun time with this. It’s at least 30 minutes too long and The JLH and JL romance doesn’t work at all, but the rest of the cast delivered entertaining performances.

  • Pale Rider

    Pale Rider

    ★★★½

    Too schmaltzy at times and the central girl never worked for me as either an actor or as a character, but Clint as a gunslinging ghost destined to wander is a premise that just works.

  • Fear and Desire

    Fear and Desire

    ★½

    Stanley Kubrick’s Suburban Knights (1953)

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★½

    I didn’t think this was the masterpiece it’s often hailed as today, but it’s hardly the failure it was dubbed as by contemporary critics. The expressionist-inspired look is so cool.

  • Don Jon

    Don Jon

    ★★★

    It’s shallow and confused about what it wants to say and I don’t think I would even recommend it to anyone, but oddly enough, it kind of grew on me by the end.

  • Killer's Kiss

    Killer's Kiss

    ★★½

    It's a nothing script with poor pacing, but the visuals were fantastic and the performances were decent enough.

  • Hardcore

    Hardcore

    ★★★

    There’s a lot to like in this Paul Schrader neo-noir. The visual contrast between the Christmas card midwest and the seedy underbelly of California was great. George C. Scott sells the character and watching his descent was interesting, but the ending from a worse movie and odd pacing at times undercut a lot of the emotional weight.

  • The Osterman Weekend

    The Osterman Weekend

    ★★★

    An incoherent film with an overqualified cast that kind of manages to pull itself together in the last third. John Hurt really was a compelling screen presence.

  • The Girl Can't Help It

    The Girl Can't Help It

    ★★★★

    Those colors and that soundtrack 🤌

  • Boy

    Boy

    ★★★★½

    A lot of weird Discourse™️ - both pro and con - about Taika lately. I’m sure the man deserves plenty of praise and criticism but as someone who doesn’t care about Thor 4, it’s really weird how hyperbolic people online have gotten about him lately. I understand why potential Star Wars movies get talked about more than this wonderful film, I just don’t like it.

    Yeah, this is a beautiful film. It is perhaps Waititi’s best from behind the camera and it has probably his best acting performance as Alamein.

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★

    The countless imitations and rip-offs might stop this from hitting quite as hard these days, but countless people have pulled from this for a reason. From the cast to the lighting to the script, Wilder nails it.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★½

    - Definitely liked this more this time around. Watching without the baggage of being in the middle of a binge of the whole series and having seen most of Lynch’s work helped a lot.
    - The Inverted Twin Peaks is some good levity up top, especially the always welcome, Harry Dean Stanton. 
    - I prefer the version of the Bowie scene from The Missing Pieces, but Phillip Jeffries time traveling in and literally breaking the movie is a good bit.…