• Ocean's Twelve

    Ocean's Twelve

    Sometimes you come home medium-drunk and need a movie for exactly that wavelength.

    Remembered many, many images from seeing this in 2004.

    Got me thinking the secret to these movies is Soderbergh doesn't find Clooney, Pitt, or Damon especially gifted actors but sees great value in their below-the-line co-stars.

  • Deep Cover

    Deep Cover

    Always compelling, more than a little insane.

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    David Lynch owns a generation of weekly critics, academics, and message-board dwellers who couldn’t understand his movie because they’ve never had sex.

  • The Million Game

    The Million Game

    One of the great media satires wrapped in an outstanding ticking-clock thriller. Superb set design. Perfect Otis Redding cue. Zero idea where the fuck this came from.

  • Cara a Cara

    Cara a Cara

    Pretty splendid… 2022 might be high time I finally go Bressane in the Membrane.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    Thought for some stretch I was witnessing WA’s greatest, or at least his supreme achievement in design — part and parcel of the project in toto, of course obviously etc. and so on — but anthology cinema is anathema to fluid pace or structure, and if there’s any one indulgence I can’t grant him it’s attempts at multi-tiered plotting, at which I think he’s frankly quite bad.

    Or: among the better 3/5 movies I’ve seen in years.

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    Mom wanted to watch for Patrick Stewart — not an auteurist, I guess. A snooze to the point that I probably fell asleep for five-ish minutes, but goes through the motions so dutifully I'll count this a proper watch.

    All that said, late-90s-TV-movie sheen holds a small place in my heart.

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    As a certified fucking moron I got duped by the first 15 minutes into anticipating God Hellman’s lost masterpiece. $0 budget initially means to rather amazing ends; presence of Eric DaRe, Richard Beymer, “Laura Herring” [sic], some truly demonic images of soiled domesticity, and omnipresent whispers of “Laura” place it firmly in That Territory. Soon enough the kind of movie where a protagonist’s blindness could be better established. Nighttime driving scenes do not suggest lineage with Two-Lane Blacktop.

    I am looking at 25-year-old Laura Harring in my mother’s living room on Christmas Day respectfully.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    First viewing — 50% because this is a film you (royal 'you') only watch at a particular time, 50% because my mother watches this, her favorite movie, every Christmas morning, and so every Christmas morning I, without fail, walk down the stairs of my childhood home to the last 7-9 minutes, which I have by now seen more than any ending in cinema. If nothing else it was forever evident my eventual watch should be with her.

    I very nearly…

  • Sound and Fury

    Sound and Fury

    Do you think Macaulay Culkin studied this for his work in The Good Son (Joseph Ruben, 1993)?

  • 'R Xmas

    'R Xmas

    I could name no wider gap than the gracefulness of this film and quality of its poster.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    YEAH THE SEVERAL FEDERAL MEN
    WHO PULLED SCHEMES ON THE DREAM
    AND PUT IT TO AN END
    YA BETTER BEWARE
    OF RETRIBUTION WITH MIND WAR
    20/20 VISIONS AND MURALS WITH METAPHORS

    “Quote from Americana by Don DeLillo used with permission”