• Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★½

    A surprisingly interesting structure told with verve and portrayed by a great cast. A pleasant surprise in a tired genre. A great addendum to the Social Network.

  • The Last Detail

    The Last Detail

    ★★★★

    One of the all time bad movie posters for what is a good film.

    Hal Ashby infuses his films with such humanity and genuine relationships, I can see why Linklater was drawn to doing a sort of follow up. The three leads are great. Who knew that Randy Quaid could do something like this.

    The drum score really added wry layer to the film. As if to lampoon the whole premise of the detail and at a more macro level, the war machine. Hardly surprising in the Vietnam era.

    The 25th Hour type feel of the impending clock and last gasps of freedom are poignant.

  • The Year of Living Dangerously

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    ★★★★

    Like a Graham Greene novel without all the Catholic guilt. Which may have fit given the presence of Mel Gibson although he doesnt strike me as someone who feels too guilty about anything.

    Weir paints a vivid and startling picture of 1960s Jakata. From the opening scenes we are drawn into the chaos of political landscape, the pain and suffering on the streets and the smokey bars and drinking of the expats who skim the surface of what's really going…

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★★

    The Wes full flourishes of the future are only hinted at in his debut, and I like Bottle Rocket all the more for it.

    I love the editing and composition of alot of this. Has enough Wes without being in your face. Great jams throughout, even in this first film with presumably a minscule budget.
    The easy charm of the Wilson's is always a fun hang, even Owen on full throttle has a likeability.

    Story kind of loses focus and…

  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City

    ★★★★½

    Familiar genre and plot set ups but Atlantic City manages to be a fresh and interesting study of characters and a time and place.

    Nostalgic, melancholic, characters harking back to the good old days. Days that maybe weren't that great and maybe the characters weren't that good at their crime jobs anyway. The charade put up by the legendary Burt Lancaster was the highlight of the movie for me. He looks to carry himself with a certain dignity and alludes…

  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★½

    I'm very late to the party on this debut from the Waschowskis. But better late than never.

    Bound is a lot of fun. Unpredictable and claustrophobic. This could almost be a macabre play. The tone ranges from cheeky and playful - some of the opening shots during the sexual tension such as the fixing of the drain made me lol - through to the downright unsettling. And best laid plans have an ironic and funny way of playing out here.…

  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★½

    A pleasant surprise that is sweet, smart and dumb, and sometimes very funny. The performances were a treat across the board altho the two defendants didn't do too much after the start.

    Highlight for me was the simple recurring gag about Vinnie being woken up no matter where he stayed. I laughed more each round.

    A likely influence on Legally Blonde's similar court room farce approx 10 years later.

    A very pleasant early 90s trip.

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★½

    Striking desert visuals, the contrast, the house, the horses, and some neat effects that do not feel totally artificial or weightless except when they are supposed to. I love the concept of the cloud that doesnt move. The Scopion King and other small moments really add texture to the world. Some Speilbergian sequences. What was with that random background fight between the soccer players in the diner? I dont know why it was there but i dug it.

    Such compelling…

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    ★★★★★

    The original modern romcom.

    The quotes range from the insightful: "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

    To the absurdly hilarious: Alvy "You're an actor Max, you should be doing Shakespeare in the park". Rob: "Oh I did Shakespeare in the park Max, I got mugged. I was playing Richard II and two guys in…

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot

    Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot

    The second act is very strange, and a bit meh at times.

    The visuals and lighting continue to dazzle. One sequence jumps to color and the lighting has a hellish quality. And it was fascinating to see the characters, setting and costumes in vibrant color after 2+ hours of B&W shadow.

    I loved the scheme and execution of the scheme by Ivan to reveal those treacherous Boyas'.

    I wonder if Joel Coen used these as a visual influence on his Macbeth 🤔

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    Fascinating production, backed by Stalin, about a leader wanting to unite, and then expand, the Russian empire. Striking visuals both indoors and out, strange angles and shadows, striking close ups. Theatrical at times, sometimes too much so. Political power struggles and russian history are always intriguing.

    All things considered, a strange time in our history to be watching Ivan the Terrible, but i will be back for Part 2 to learn more.

  • Kimi

    Kimi

    ★★★½

    Satisfying and slick, maybe slight, Steven Soderbergh is always something.

    Tech surveillance and privacy in the covid times, sprinkled with classic thrillers Blow Out, Rear Window and the Conversation amongst others.

    All in all it feels like one of the better Black Mirror episodes, and would go well with a side of Devs.