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  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    "Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?" - Sailor

    Well, that'd have to be the second oddest remake of The Wizard of Oz that I've seen.

    Went into the film not really knowing what it was. Left the film still not really knowing what it was. Yet, I still dug the hell out of it. That's the power of Lynch, baby.

    Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern…

  • The Namesake

    The Namesake

    ★★★½

    "Remember that you and I made the journey and went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go." - Ashoke Ganguli

    Akin to 1945, watched this for an extra credit assignment for one of my classes. While not exactly my cup of tea, and having more than a few "finding yourself drama" cliches, it had its heart in the right place.

    A few of the shots and lighting choices stood out, such as the use of grain…

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  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    "Before you die, I want you to get this through that thick, primitive skull. I never worked for you. You worked for me." - Lorraine Broughton

    John Wick in high heels. The kind of action entertainment that's perfect for a Tuesday night. Charlize Theron is fierce. She's not female James Bond. James Bond is male Lorraine Broughton. Snarky James McAvoy is the best James McAvoy. I wish I could live in Lorraine's neon-drenched hotel room. That staircase sequence is one…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    "Why do you kids live like there's a war on?" - Doc

    Fire Waltz with Me.

    One of those films that's long overdue, as well as one where it slowly dawned on me how much of an impact it's had on the industry. The music is wonderful. ("Maria", "America", and "Tonight" are favorites.) I was so impressed with the singing of the main characters until I found out it's not actually them singing. (The voices are still great, though.) The…