• Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

    Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

    ★★★★½

    At best, I was a marginal fan of this man's music, and though the film celebrates him, a non-fan could easily walk away from this thinking that Cohen only wrote two musically distinct songs. That said, this documentary is a fantastic love letter to the man, and also to the odd journey his best known song took on the way to becoming canon.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★★

    I generally prefer for superhero movies to not take themselves too serious, and I found this to hilarious. Maybe not quite Guardians of the Galaxy or Deadpool, but certainly in that ballpark.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    OK, I get it. I'm a dinosaur. I'm a fossil. And thus I suppose it makes sense that I would find enjoyment in this throwback.

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed as much the 2nd time as the 1st.

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★½

    Nothing new here, but dumb fun just the same.

  • Fire of Love

    Fire of Love

    ★★★½

    Absolutely gorgeous and needs to be seen on the largest screen possible.

  • United Trash

    United Trash

    ★★★★

    I have no idea what I just watched, as I my jaw was on the floor and I was doubled over laughing for so much of the running time. Did it make a lick of sense? I don't know. I WILL definitely watch this again when I'm better prepared, however. Who is this director? Why do I feel like my cinema education has only just begun despite my decades of obscure movie watching?

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    "I will cast abominable filth upon you, make you vile and make you a spectacle." -- Nahum 3:6.

    It is perhaps not a revelation to say that human beings will exploit anything, no matter how horrible, they believe they can make a nickel on. That appears to be the message of NOPE, in as much as Steven Yeun plays a character named "Jupe," who - as a child actor - escaped unharmed when the exploited chimpanzee star of the TV…

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    ★★★½

    Not a great film due to an awkward storytelling structure, but still rather remarkable for being the first film to shoot underwater footage. Highlights include a battle with a very fake octopus and an underwater funeral.

    There are 3 or 4 storylines here. The 1st adheres closest to the Jules Verne novel in being about the capture of Prof. Aronnax and his team by Capt. Nemo and his submarine crew. Nemo soon enough softens up a bit toward his captives,…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

    Is it just me or are filmmakers getting better at spinning classic yarns?

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★½

    Such an incredible and exhilarating big screen viewing experience! It out Marvel's Marvel in spectacle and out Disney's Disney in bravado emotions writ large. There's also a bit of Leone-esque Western heroism and scope here. The film serves up MASSIVE mythmaking, while also being grounded in history. And there's absolutely nothing like seeing an entire jungle of large, angry, wild animals launched against the most cruel, boorish and entitled white people in the world. Half a star off for not being 30 minutes longer!

  • Vesper

    Vesper

    ★★★½

    The filmmaking team did an amazing job of creating an organic pulsating alien world, but - according to my psychoanalyzing wife, it is perhaps because I never knew my father, and my relationship with my mother was so terribly problematic - that I was never able to fully connect with the film at it's deep parental-loving heart. That said, the film definitely deserves to be seen by any fan of dystopian sci-fi.