• Airplane!

    Airplane!

    ★★★

    Unique in its brand of silly humor and a cultural touchstone because of that. Airplane! is the perfect film to watch after some drinks, with friends, sharing in the silliness and elevating a kind of humor that is clever in a 12-year old sort of way. 
    I commend the film for going for the unexpected and, at times, paying an homage to classic Hollywood. Sadly, I can’t bring myself to embrace it fully. A number of gags didn’t quite land…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    The 9th and second-to-last film of Quentin Tarantino’s career is also his most relaxed and least focused. In that it seems to be a step towards a kind of filmmaking that is more observant and patient albeit less story driven than all of his previous efforts.

    Contrary to what some critics have said, it’s not that Once Upon A Time in Hollywood lacks a plot, but that whatever semblance of a plot it has serves larger and more interesting ideas.…

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★

    Equal parts frustrating and riveting. A nightmare and a dream all wrapped into one. If the first half feels like torture, then the second feels like salvation. Elizabeth Moss inhabits every gesture, every tear and every non-sensical bit of dialogue with total abandon. 
    The film’s title hints at something foul and dirty. As such, director Alex Ross Perry places us in the thick of the stench found in backstages around the country hosting a coked-out, drunk, incoherent yet magnetic self-destructing rocker. 
    An awesome cinematic experience found in a rather imperfect film.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★½

    Glass is what happens to a filmmaker who continues to believe in himself despite ever diminishing returns. It’s not that Glass is M. Night Shyamalan’s worst feature (that title will forever remain with The Happening) but, for the first time, his failures have now managed to cheapen the satisfaction I once felt when watching two of his better efforts: Unbreakable and Split. 
    In Glass, Shyamalan teams up with Bruce Willis again. Having made two good films - the career-best The…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★½

    To guilt Green Book for the PG-13 view of racism in America is to fail to see the near-endless charm of this story. 
    Against popular opinion, I very much enjoyed Viggo Mortensen’s performance. He did the most he could with a character that often succumbs to broad generalizations of Italian-Americanism. 
    Similarly, Marsheshala Ali delivers a moving and layered performance that generally rises above the script’s shortcomings.
    A better film that some have opined, but not nearly worthy of being a Best Picture Academy Award winner.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★½

    The film tries to get at depression over a broken heart at an oblique angle. It succeeds mostly at the end, after we’ve spent a lot of time chasing clues about a murder mystery that offers an unsatisfactory resolution. I preferred David Robert Mitchell’s previous film: It Follows.

  • Citizen X

    Citizen X

    ★★★½

    It is a treat to watch Donald Sutherland as a Soviet colonel who has spent a career trying to make a difference while navigating the propagandistic and corrupt Soviet system. 
    I wish the film had spent more time exploring the mind of the serial killer.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★

    A fantastic Jack Lemmon makes it work by lightening the mood of an unexpectedly dark film that deals with suicide, toxic masculinity and sexism. 
    This is a film that was surely ahead of its time.

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★½

    Viewed: 188-minute theatrical version


    Found the first 80-90 minutes to be tedious. The film’s second act is worth waiting for though. Judging from what I’ve read, I will need to watch the longer director’s cut to truly appreciate Bergman’s surreal moments.