• The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    Every once in a while, for about three minutes at a time, the characters in the Matrix do this weird thing I don't understand. Their lips move, and sound comes out.

    During these periods, I found myself thinking about how last night's D&D session went, which is a pleasant sensation. Yet I can’t help but be disappointed by the fact that I stepped out of the movie and was now sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Academy-award winning director Sidney Lumet wrote, in his excellent book Making Movies that unless you have something important to say, there’s no reason your movie should be longer than 2 hours. He cites Schindler’s List as an example of a movie about significant enough a subject as to warrant a-3 hour movie. "But Fried Green Tomatoes?"

    Peter Jackson’s Return Of The King clocks in at three hours and twenty minutes and it’s too long. Which is not to say it’s…

  • Blue Collar

    Blue Collar

    ★★★★

    Wow! Had no real idea what I was getting into when I fired this up. It came recommended from the Trailers From Hell YouTube channel. And obviously I was interested based on the cast, and the fact that it's Paul Schrader writing and directing.

    It's Schrader's directorial debut and he was just coming off writing Taxi Driver. This is an era where people felt that movies should be about real people's lives and the things they're experiencing. A time when…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★

    This is tough because I can't go back to 1960 and watch this, so I'm stuck watching it in the 21st century where the style just seems messy, and not as bold as it would have 60 years ago.

    I never felt like I knew where this film was going, and that never bothered me. It has something to say about youth, about the way young people view the future, about the assumptions they make about life.

    Every other movie…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★

    I just don't understand why this movie is three and a half hours long!

    The characters are fun, engaging, but not complex. Seven Samurai but only two or three merit any exploration and that is resolved almost immediately.

    There are many beautiful shots in here, but the townsfolk all seem to be cartoons with maybe one exception.

    Takashi Shimura is, of course, amazing and portrays a deep-souled leader equally concerned for the townsfolk and the samurai he leads.

    Toshiro Mifune…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    WOW I hated this movie. I never cared about anyone, I never felt any sense of tension in any scene.

    There's no humanity in this film, no one to connect with or care about. The heroes all have The CGI Power which allows them to overcome any obstacle, instantly, except those meaningless moments where the producers try to create some tension by inventing arbitrary limits which are almost instantly defeated.

    The plot is meaningless. I felt like you could have…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★

    Stylish but cold. Bleak.

    EDIT: This felt more like a meditation than a movie. Like 30 minutes stretch to 90 minutes. The main character is supposed to be cool and stylish but he always just seemed lost to me.

    There were many cool or interesting moments, but they didn't exactly hang together into a film for me. Might be worth watching again, or with a group.

    Further edit: I wrote this review back when I was mostly using this site…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    Pretty good. Great use of lighting. Surprisingly natural acting except for Mifune who’s having fun hamming it up. I was struck by the element of the fantastic and how the movie presents it as a fact.

    I dunno if we’re supposed to trust the farmer at the end, I don’t.

  • Paper Moon

    Paper Moon

    Sweet and funny. Never gets too serious. Made me laugh and clap a few times (her hat!).

  • Claudine

    Claudine

    Exactly what I hoped. Film about normal people living normal lives. Tons of heart. No villains, just people.

  • The Notorious Landlady

    The Notorious Landlady

    ★★

    This is a weird movie. It seemed like they had these three actors and just wanted to have fun in London, so why not make a movie?

    It can't decide if it's a romantic comedy, or thriller and then it turns into a real slapstick in the third act for no obvious reason.

    I never really believed in what I was watching. Jack Lemon is not the kind of leading man who can hold a movie against Kim Novak. I…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    "I even lost my cat."

    When it came out, critics were divided. Some rejected Gould as Marlowe. Really, they were rejecting the Marlowe that Leigh Brackett and Robert Altman put together.

    Brackett had written The Big Sleep, so she knew Chandler and Marlowe. And Altman knew 1970's L.A.. Together they created a version of the detective that just seems soaked in 1970s ambiguity. Marlowe was never a tough guy, but he was smart, he knew the business, knew his way…