• The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★★½

    Proof you can tell a complete story with action, adventure, comedy, romance, even a storytelling wrapper, and keep the whole thing under 100 minutes.

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★½

    The Lost City is kind of dumb, kind of fun, and pretty forgettable. Sandra Bullock is charming as always and proves she's the queen of this genre. Brad Pitt makes a brief (and ridiculously hilarious) appearance. If only The Lost City would have kept the silly energy of his scenes throughout the whole runtime.

  • Sing 2

    Sing 2

    ★★½

    Just as watchable as the original, and just as forgettable, now with less plot.

  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    ★★★★

    A lot of movies mine the nostalgia bug by just listing things from a bygone era, and Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood border that territory, however Richard Linklater delivers his own personal spin on the late-60's, so these feel like his memories and not cultural nostalgia. Add-in a fun storyline about a boy imaging he's going to the moon and you make for another pleasant Linklater watch.

  • One Week

    One Week

    ★★★½

    My 6 year-old's first Buster Keaton movie. At first he was a little unsure since there wasn't any talking, but he soon found Keaton hilarious and really liked the stunts.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★½

    Whenever a director makes the keep from Indie Darling to a Big Studio production, there is always the concern that they will lose what made them unique and fresh. Thankfully, Robert Eggers successfully made that transition with The Northman (at least in vision, maybe not in box office). The Northman is a fairly standard revenge tail based on the the Scandinavian legend Amleth, which is the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet. However, Eggers is able to bring unique style to the…

  • Set It Off

    Set It Off

    ★★★½

    Is Set It Off on the melodramatic side? Yes, each of the main characters goes through a horrifying experience to drive them to a life of crime, and this is not a "fun" crime movie like Ocean's 8. However, F. Gary Gray directs the over-the-top action sequences with some 90's flair, Jada Pinkett (not Smith yet) is great, and Queen Latifah even gets some Queer representation by having a girlfriend (that the movie does not judge her for). There is even a (straight) love scene straight out of a Boyz 2 Men music video.

  • Tarzan

    Tarzan

    ★★★

    Why does one of the African gorillas sound like they are from Long Island?

  • Beerfest

    Beerfest

    ★★★

    Though nothing will ever live-up to Broken Lizard's Super Troopers (which I watched A TON in college), I found Beerfest funny enough to be amusing and worth the re-watch.

  • Rescue Dawn

    Rescue Dawn

    ★★★½

    I thought I had seen Rescue Dawn before. After this "re-watch" I can certainly say that I had never seen this movie until now. Either that or I completely forgot this movie.

    Rescue Dawn is most certainly a Werner Herzog film, both in directing and theme. Although I found Bale's performance a bit too "big" at times, then handheld shots are great and the movie sticks to Herzog's theme of telling stories about people pushed to their very limits, with Nature itself being the enemy.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    ★★★

    You can do worse for kid-oriented movies. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 eschews most of the bottom-barrell kid-movie trappings like scatalogical humor and pop culture references for more original humor (though there is a dance-off). Jim Carrey adds to the fun by adding his own Carrey-isms to Dr. Robotnik. The movie is at it's best when following Sonic and crew and the less human characters, the better.

  • Some Like It Hot

    Some Like It Hot

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the funniest movies ever made. Jack Lemmon as "Daphne" trying to be "one of the girls" while reluctantly courting a millionaire puts me in stitches.