RSS feed for Michael

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★½

    [7]

    My review for Movie Mezzanine.

    Personally I found this review to be rather unfocused, but you can be the judge. At any rate, I was impressed with Barras's gutsy commitment to ugliness and sorry, something that once characterized a great many stories for children but has mostly been sanitized out -- especially since the rise of Walt Disney. (Even Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler feels the need to mitigate his neo-Gothic misfortunes with a kind of scarequotes irony, which here means that he always keeps us at arm's length from tragedy.)

    Anyway, see this film. It's pretty good.

  • About Ray

    About Ray

    ★★★

    [6]

    Let's just get it out of the way, shall we?

    It's a shame About Ray, on a number of levels. Taken on its own merits, this is a reasonably solid ensemble piece, the kind that once upon a time would have been the province of Hollywood's mini-majors, like Focus or the late Warner Independent. Gaby Dellal's direction of actors is a bit too generous at times, erring on the side of grand emotional gestures that could benefit from greater…

Popular reviews

More
  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…