• Glass

    Glass

    ★★

    I quite enjoy McAvoy, but I do not get the praise he was getting for knowing a bunch of accents. I blame the direction and writing. The slow pacing was completely unearned and the whole thing felt way too self-congratulatory. Ugh.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★½

    Well done, I guess. But we kept hoping the story would take more shape and provide some satisfaction given the effort we were putting in.

  • The Last Dance

    The Last Dance

    ★★★★

    I could listen to Scottie Pippen read the phone book.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★½

    It‘s a good movie. But it’s a frickin’ long movie. Had he the willingness to edit it down to 2 or 2.5 hours then it would have been a great one.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    Holy smokes. I adore this film. I watched it alone and was easily the most vocal and animated I’ve been in good long while. I can only imagine what my dog thought. Gosh. Perfectly written. Amazingly cringe-inducing. The tone is 100% spot on. Absolutely brutal.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    All-time favorite film. Purely for nostalgic reasons.

    Word of warning: This film contains way more swearing then you remember it did. Beware before watching with your kids, if they (or you) are sensitive to that stuff.

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★

    I'm still chewing on this. There are parts I really enjoyed, and parts I absolutely despised. I imagine that's by design, but it was still hard for me to get behind it. I'll say this though: Beautifully shot, loved the sound and music, and Ryan Gosling did a great job. That first chase scene was a sight to behold.

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★

    Casino Royale ushers in a decidedly new era of Bond. He's rough around the edges, fights dirty, and doesn't always, or should I say rarely, has the upper hand. His interactions with Vesper (who is absolutely amazing) are as charming as they are disarming: "There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter." Wow.

    One of best Bond films yet.

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this flick. Some delightful, surprising moments and some great zombie action too. Fun stuff.

  • The King's Speech

    The King's Speech

    ★★★★

    Took me awhile to see this after the crazy amount of hype. Somehow it lived up to it. I didn't expect to laugh so much, either. Well done.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★

    By far the best bank heist I've ever seen on film.

    Also: Pacino v. DeNiro.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    It's been years since I've seen The Matrix, but I'll never forget the first time I saw it. It gets at least an extra star for how much it changed my perspective on action films (and all the knockoffs it inspired afterwards).