• Bushwick

    Bushwick

    ★★½

    A solid, timely idea and an excellent, soft-spoken performance from Dave Bautista are squandered thanks to a clunky script, a pretty lousy supporting cast and one of the dumbest uses yet of the "one-take" conceit, which results in way too many handheld shots of butts and stairs. Based on the bummer ending, it seems like this was striving to Say Something when it just had the raw materials for Dumb Fun.

    A+ soundtrack from Aesop Rock, though.

  • The Knack... and How to Get It

    The Knack... and How to Get It

    ★★★★

    Absurdist and risky and compelling and strangely timely. Manages to interrogate a lot of the generational questions and power struggles within the Sexual Revolution ... while also being just zany as hell.

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★½

    High-grade '80s cheese of the finest vintage. Paved the way for decades of self-aware slasher movies.

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    No rating, because I made it about halfway through and, bored to death, switched it off. Gonna try a rewatch on some theoretically less turbulent day in the future and see if it hits differently.

  • Judy & Punch

    Judy & Punch

    ★★★

    Enjoyable twisted-fairy-tale energy and some blacker-than-black humor, plus leads that are always enjoyable. A bit of a trifle (which seems weird to say about a movie involving infanticide and stoning), but worth your time.

  • Final Destination 2

    Final Destination 2

    ★★★

    Ideal Halloween watch.

  • Save Yourselves!

    Save Yourselves!

    ★★★½

    For the last few years, TBS has quietly been cranking out excellent, underrated comedies with a 'shiftless millennials find a purpose' bent: Search Party, People of Earth, Miracle Workers and some others I'm forgetting. The most fitting praise I can give this enjoyable debut is that it's one of those, but stretched to feature length (including multiple Search Party cast members). The first half's character build and satire give some real emotional stakes to the back half, and the ending is a little abrupt but pleasingly ambiguous.

  • John Bronco

    John Bronco

    ★★½

    This has absolutely zero reason to exist, except as a way for us to bask in Walton Goggins' national-treasure-ness for 37 minutes. Bonus points for additional national treasure Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and for John Bronco's avant-garde European period.

  • Great World of Sound

    Great World of Sound

    ★★★½

    This had been on my watchlist for a good long while, thanks to a WFMU (I think) deep-dive on the fascinating and shady history of pay-to-play record labels.

    Glad to see it pop up on Kanopy, and equally glad it lived up to expectations. An incredibly lived-in-feeling film, with more than enough humor to leaven the soul-deep cringe factor. (That's what kept me from finishing Zobel's masterful but deeply hard-to-watch COMPLIANCE.) Highly recommended if you're a fan of Pat Healy and/or stories of Old Weird America.

  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★★

    As a compelling Holmesian mystery: lacking!
    As a Friday night couch entertainment: perfectly enjoyable!
    As a star vehicle for Millie Bobby Brown: cast her in everything!

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    Can't believe it took me this long to finally watch David Lynch's most Coen Brothersy film. Happy 30th to a symbol of individuality, and belief in personal freedom.

  • Universal Soldier: Regeneration

    Universal Soldier: Regeneration

    ★★★½

    Upon many recommendations, I took a late-night dive into the John Hyams UniSol world, with enjoyable results. Solid action filmmaking with some legitimately interesting staging; looking forward to Day of Reckoning, which seems like most fans' high-water mark.