• My Dad Is 100 Years Old

    My Dad Is 100 Years Old

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful and rousing tribute to Roberto Rosselini by his daughter, directed by Guy Maddin. But this film is hardly a puff piece worshipping him. Rather it's an honest look that can only come from someone's child.

    My Dad is 100 Years Old continues the discussion that Rosselini had with the film world, about what exactly is a film. What makes one good? What is necessary and unnecessary and what is pretentious versus what is honest?

    Isabella Rosselini also stands…

  • Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!

    Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!

    ★★★

    This movie is kinda pointless but fun too.

    Cool story. One time I made a movie I was proud of. I mean it was horror and kinda crass, but I thought it was good. Anyway at the local Midwest film festival here where I live it lost to a movie where a character had an epiphany at the end they were in love and they ran to tell the person they loved. I was like yo this is stupid af.…

  • Roly Poly

    Roly Poly

    ★★★

    A blistering speculative narrative about a man receiving living organs from family members that helps transform him. With one foot in the scifi world and a second foot stomping on the head of insurance companies, this Polish film knows when to lean into the humor, allowing it to add to its bizarre charm

  • Escape The Undertaker

    Escape The Undertaker

    It took me til like the end of the movie to realize this was interactive and I was supposed to be picking options the whole time. Every time choices came on the screen I thought it was some meta commentary on the viewer's culpability in their voyeurism. Very Haneke-ish.

  • Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    ★★★½

    A creepy and haunting film featuring Orson Welles and directed by Hilton Edwards, but really probably directed by Welles, is a tale of a man picked up on the side of the road by a driver and he proceeds to tell him a story that Welles narrates to the audience.

    It feels like a campfire ghost story. The deep, baritone voice of Welles and the eerie cinematography helps drive that feeling home. It even has flashes of Welles sardonic humor, including towards the end. Recommended watch.

  • Alice, Sweet Alice

    Alice, Sweet Alice

    ★★★★½

    This movie is insane. I spent a huge chunk of it it trying to figure out if its style was intentionally chaotic or incompetent. It's like 80% insert shots connected together. The scope of the film is all over the place. The director took the 180 rule and just pissed all over it. The closeups are so in your face it reminded me of early Peter Jackson, except dead serious and not silly like how he'd do it.

    But since…

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★★

    Outlaw Josey Wales may appear to be dated to some. There's some messaging on hand in regards to the Civil War that makes the Union appear to be ruthless and merciless in their proceedings and the ultimate villain, or at least catalyst, of the film.

    As someone who lives in Missouri, has progressive politics and is a Civil War buff, it's of my opinion that in terms of the Missouri-Kansas conflict that the Jaykawks of Kansas were in the right…

  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    ★★★½

    I'm happy to have seen this because even though I haven't seen much from Gary Sherman, I like him a lot. He directed Poltergeist 3, which is awful, but is also the movie Heather O'Rourke died during filming. Sherman did not want to finish filming because his humanity for a young girl outweighed a studio who needed to cash in on the franchise name. When the film was done, he was done with it.

    This was all outlined in Cursed…

  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    ★★★

    Jason Goes to Hell starts with Jason Voorhees chasing a scantily cladded woman through the woods. Soon, the predator becomes the prey when a horde of federal agents drop down and open fire. It was a setup from the beginning. As the federal agents fire, I realized that this scene was a scolding critique of federal government overreach that was influenced by Waco. The director obviously had big ideas on his mind from that incident and was eager to get…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★★

    If the cold open of this movie with fakeout kills by Ghostface went on for 90 minutes and that was the whole movie, I'd give it 5 stars.

    I'm really excited for the new Scream. I see online that people are expecting failure without Wes Craven involved. I really love Wes. And perhaps this is a controversial statement, but Scream was always more Kevin Williamson than Wes. If Williamson is involved, it's still 100% Scream.

  • Her Socialist Smile

    Her Socialist Smile

    ★★★½

    Since the vanguards of maintaining the status quo and protecting the system still like to fill the cockles of their hearts with inspiring stories, they absolutely love when someone fights the adversary and overcomes the odds.

    Of course, until that person uses those same strengths and talents to further develop ideas that question keeping things the same as they've always been.

    An athlete who uses a scholarship and pro-career to go from rags to riches is sweet, until they kneel.…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So a second logging of this movie with spoilers specifying more what I liked about it, after a few days sitting with it.

    Before I say this, I get the clunkiness of parts. It's not perfect. But I love where it gets to.

    The 2018 version was all about Laurie dealing with the trauma of what happened in 1978. She's stuck in a world of ptsd and violence is her response to Michael. No one believes her until they need…