• Sleepers

    Sleepers

    ★★★

    Sleepers is two movies in one: a prison drama and a courtroom drama, but neither is compelling enough to justify its run-time. Kevin Bacon is a little too convincing as a pedophile juvie guard and Brad Pitt is much less so as a 20-something prosecuting attorney. Not a bad movie by any means but doesn't do anything super memorable aside from feeling like it cribs from much better movies.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★

    Obi-Wan Kenobi is the "how Jack got his tattoos" episode of Lost of the Star Wars universe. Zero stakes since most of the cast survives to appear in A New Hope. While Rogue One was a fairly effective and entertaining prequel, this show adds very little to the story. It also leans heavily on StageCraft to the point where it looks cheap. At least the girl they cast as young Leia was adorable.

  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★½

    It's been awhile since I had seen this. Still one of the most wildly inventive time travel movies.

  • Short Cuts

    Short Cuts

    ★★½

    Looking at the cast, stacked with familiar names, you'd think this movie was amazing. But it takes a long time to go nowhere. The writing doesn't do any favors to the cast. Still, Chris Penn is gonna Chris Penn.

  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    ★★★½

    Part biography, part eulogy and part posthumous intervention. It would seem the same kind of manic energy that made Bourdain successful also led to his tragic end. His friends and colleagues all seem to agree he was a lovable asshole and the hole he left behind is palpable.

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★

    Didn't quite enjoy this as much as Chungking Express. It felt a little less polished. I did enjoy the extensive use of wide-angle lenses, which gave everything an ethereal quality and made the environments as prominent as the characters. It seems to borrow aesthetically and thematically from other 90s indie films instead of doing its own thing.

  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    ★★★

    This almost feels like a parody of classic noir/femme fatale movies. Some unsubtle and unneeded racism and transphobia pop up just as things get interesting. 90s Bill Pullman is always fun though. The lesson here is if Linda Fiorentino just wants to be fuck buddies, don't ask questions.

  • Hustle

    Hustle

    ★★★½

    A serviceable basketball movie with a ton of recognizable faces for NBA fans. Sandler is pretty good in a mostly dramatic role but injects a healthy amount of humor. Juan Hernangomez delivers an earnest performance in what I'm assuming is his first acting gig. As an NBA player he has the skills to pull off the Rocky-inspired training montage. The story plays like an NBA2K MyCareer mode, albiet a descent one.

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★½

    I was a little less enthused about this the second time around but still an epic bromance between two great actors and a helluva fun time watching Cage poke fun at himself.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    On second viewing I expected to love this even more but there were parts where it dragged a bit this time around. Still, the good parts are so spectacular and the emotional stakes paid off so elegantly that you can't help but enjoy the ride.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★★

    My wife suggested we watch "Emo Batman" and who am I to refuse?

  • Val

    Val

    ★★★½

    Kind of a tame autobiographical documentary pieced together from an amazing archive of footage from Val's childhood throughout his career. There's not much too revealing or deep here but you do come away with the feeling that Val regrets that his health cut short an amazing career. Despite his deteriorated state, you can still see the old Val's humor shine.