• The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★½

    Wizard of Oz is the theme for our Literacy Week at school. I watched to remember all the great songs, and to experience the shift from black and white to color.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★

    Watched with the family. It is a good time and a toe-tapper.

  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris

    ★★★★

    This is my wife’s favorite Woody Allen film. She doesn’t care that it’s Woody Allen and frankly neither do I. This is a good film because it doesn’t feel like a woody Allen film. It feels like a surreal walk through time and an investigation of the longings of the artistic soul.

  • Being the Ricardos

    Being the Ricardos

    ★★½

    When I started watching this, it was just because I loved watching I Love Lucy reruns growing up. I wanted to see how well Nicole Kidman captured Lucille Ball’s wit and spark. I never saw that. She nailed the accent and sound of Ball, but when the cameras were supposed to be rolling I never saw the energy and humor that Ball so effortlessly presented. This was really about Desi as the hero who shielded Lucy from attack while being…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    This was an ambitious deconstruction of the original trilogy. It features a meta narrative that is often messy but still provides closure as well as a new beginning for Neo & Trinity. The new additions to the cast, particularly the villains, are awesome! For all its faults, this films should bring a flurry of discussion about its many themes of reality, control, fate, love & inevitability. It feels good to plug back into the world of the Wachowskis again even if I never thought I would need or want to.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★

    It pains me as someone who has really appreciated Chloe Zhao’s work and Marvel’s world building up to this point to say that this is not good. It’s partially because of the source material. There are so many eternals and they are just so forgettable, partly on purpose, but this makes them even more so. If it weren’t for the gender, racial, and age differences I’m afraid they would just meld into a big confusing mess. The good news is…

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★★

    As a white guy who grew up “on the wrong side of the tracks” this is an emotional gut punch of a film. To see a dad stand in the gap for his kids is awesome regardless of race, but in the middle of their circumstances it is incredible. I don’t care if Will Smith farts at me. I applaud his drive and focus. Though his decisions are controversial, his motives are pure, and the outcome speaks for itself. I wish they would have explored the family’s Jehovah’s Witness faith a bit deeper as it plays a major role but is left under the surface.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    I think Wes Anderson my be reaching Being John Malkovich levels of self-referential art. This was the most Wes Anderson of Wes Anderson films. The fact that it was an anthology simply allowed him to build more perfectly symmetrical pastel worlds and more stilted and passionless characters. Adrien Brody’s scream is my review. Stop it Wes, for your own sake before you fold in upon yourself like a dying star.

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★½

    This one really missed the mark for me. It is way too campy and chaotic for my enjoyment. Carnage was wasted, and although I like the way that this series is handling Venom and Eddie’s symbiotic relationship, this one felt like a Tom Hardy one man stage show interrupted by moments of Crazy Woody and Vanilla Michelle Williams who was given trash writing to work with.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    The cinematography was breathtakingly beautiful. It reminded me of Bergman. I was left speaking Shakespearean English for the remainder of the evening.

  • Ron's Gone Wrong

    Ron's Gone Wrong

    ★★★½

    Adorable animation asks audience all about access and addiction.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    We attempted the snap at midnight timing and almost pulled it off. We were about 30 seconds early, but it still worked. I almost think the “on your left” moment should be at midnight so you can begin your new year with that amazing sequence and tears of happiness as the screen fills with all of those beloved characters instead of a funeral. Just a thought.