• I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Watched for Gorge || 8/??

    I liked this a bit more than Synecdoche, New York, but unfortunately that isn't saying much. I like Adaptation well enough, and love Eternal Sunshine but ...Kaufman on his own isn't for me. Even Being John Malkovich isn't for me.

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things often feels like the incessant ramblings of a pretentious psychology major with endless references and namedrops to everything from philosophers to John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence. The dialogue…

  • Luz

    Luz

    Watched for Gorge || 7/??

    Luz is a low-budget possession horror, a student's thesis that is high on style and low on substance. While I loved the soundtrack, dream-like storytelling, and some of the ideas at play here, I'm not sure I actually loved the movie as a whole. The lack of information we get about the set-up, as well as the open-ended ending, frustrate me a little too much. It's got a great premise and a consistently creepy atmosphere,…

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Watched for Gorge || 6/??

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a really well made and well acted film, but I found it to be a lot less emotionally resonant than I had thought it would be. It feels more like an expertly constructed vehicle for Sydney Pollack's nihilistic message about capitalism and the ways people have taken advantage of the lower classes than it does a film to connect to on any deeper level. And that's fine, really. Just…

  • The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt

    Watched for Gorge || 5/??

    Although Dreamworks is probably better known for its fully CGI productions like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, etc. their earlier 2D animations were often just as - if not more - powerful and beautifully animated. There's some sequences in The Prince of Egypt that use CG animation to enhance the 2D that feel pretty dated more than twenty years later, but as a whole this is a really gorgeously animated film with some great character…

  • The Great Muppet Caper

    The Great Muppet Caper

    Watched for Gorge || 4/??

    I love the muppets!! ..and, honestly, I've always loved the muppets so I'm not sure why it took this long for me to watch all of their movies. It's entirely possible I saw some of them when I was very young but, for the most part, I've been really watching so many of them for the first time in recent years.

    The opening is fantastic, as is the Happiness Hotel number. They don't really contribute…

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    Watched for Gorge || 3/??

    This is a film with what feels like one hundred characters and, only minutes after the credits have rolled, I could not name a single one of them if my life depended on it. Although occasionally called the British Clue or, more recently, the British Knives Out, Gosford Park lacks any of the humor or dynamic dialogue that makes those films work as well as they do. The characters are built up for a solid…

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    Watched for Gorge || 2/??

    A Silent Voice is a movie I’ve seen talked about and recommended in animation lists, but one I never really had much personal interest in. I feel like this is partially to do with the film‘s poster, which sort of gives it the appearance of a generic anime romance. Fortunately it is not a “generic anime romance” in the slightest.

    The film largely focuses on Shoya Ishida, a boy known as a bully in his equivalent…

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    Watched for Gorge || 1/??

    This was a strong start to yet another week of this year I'm going to spend binge-watching movies for a gorge.

    It's crazy how genuinely tense and engaging this documentary about a Donkey Kong high score can be. Although the doc is clearly biased to its main subject, Steve Wiebe, I think the bias is pretty well deserved all things considered. The King of Kong is a real life underdog story that I believe could…

  • Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit

    Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit

    ★★

    Spooktober 2020 🎃 16/40

    I LOVED the Bunnicula books as a kid, so I was surprised when I joined Letterboxd and stumbled across this short film I'd never heard of. About four years later, I saw it was on the Boomerang streaming service, and finally got around to watching it.

    Although I feel like I'm betraying my younger self by saying it, this unfortunately wasn't very good. It plays out like a wannabe holiday special with cheap animation and a…

  • The Scooby-Doo Project

    The Scooby-Doo Project

    ★★★★

    Spooktober 2020 🎃 15/40

    "Things just look more…realistic!"

    I love this...especially acknowledging the fact that this was just made to be cut up into bumper videos for a Scooby-Doo marathon on Cartoon Network. It's a tongue-in-cheek parody of The Blair Witch Project that simultaneously references a lot of the common tropes utilized in the Scooby shows and movies. For what it is, it's surprisingly well made, and you can tell the writers probably had a lot of fun doing it.…

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire

    Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire

    ★★½

    Spooktober 2020 🎃 14/40

    I had no idea the Hex Girls were in this one when I started it up. Nice little surprise.

    I'm beginning to think that nothing will really match the creativity and storytelling present in the trio of 90's Scooby releases or Mystery Inc., which is really a shame because I feel like these characters and the Scooby-Doo premise are so perfect for some whacky but well told kid's horror stories. The animation quality in this one…

  • Death Becomes Her

    Death Becomes Her

    ★★★½

    Spooktober 2020 🎃 13/40

    I liked this about as well as I thought I would. It's an entertaining satire of old Hollywood / general celebrity women rivalries and the desire to stay youthful forever. Not a lot new at play here in terms of basic story, but the execution is unique, and it has the benefit of having Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn duking it out in the leading roles. I think it's missing something needed to give it that extra little oomph, but I can't quite put my finger on what. Pretty good as-is though.