• The Loneliest Planet

    The Loneliest Planet

    ★★½

    Felt like an outline that Force Majeure fleshed out.

  • The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks

    The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks

    ★★★★

    A solid companion to a truly excellent return.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    Magnolia
    Boogie Nights 
    Punch Drunk Love
    There Will Be Blood
    The Master
    Phantom Thread
    Hard Eight
    Licorice Pizza 
    Inherent Vice

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★

    Brilliantly staged and shot, but after the Benicio story I found this borderline unwatchable. Hollow as hell. Wes needs to hang out with one person who isn’t rich. Even for an hour!

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★

    I liked when they played “I Zimbra” at the beginning. Great song.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★½

    Bit of a baffler for ya boy!
    Shame too, because I watched and really loved the 1947 version this week. Was excited to see what Del Toro would do with the awesome story. Turns out it was “have everyone talk much slower.” 
    Also, Bradley Cooper has pissed himself in two big-budget Hollywood films. Not bad!

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★½

    Honestly, it just felt good to get hard in a crowded theater again.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★

    The music remains undeniable, Spielberg works his magic here and there, but it’s only 4 minutes longer than the original and it feels like at least 45. 

    Ansel Elgort has to be stopped, now. I’m not doing this for another 20 years. Did he take acting lessons from Adrien Grenier? Was Sam Worthington unavail? If they had to put him in a musical, it should have been as a “Sound of Music” Nazi.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    The “boring parts” are really what make this so special. We’ve seen The Beatles play music before, but we’ve never hung out with them like this, spied on their creative process like this. So cool. Wish we had one of these for each of their albums.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    Tonight I watched “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” while making fireplace S’mores. At one point, a friend and I both had our marshmallows in the fire, and I said to him “More like Graham Cracker’s Chocula.” Not only did he not laugh, he didn’t even acknowledge that I had said it. Really hurtful shit.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★½

    You all hate this but you loved Bill and Ted 3?! Okay!! 

    It’s far from perfect but it’s harmless at worst, really fun and sweet at best. Cool effects. It largely makes sense, which is refreshing. Rudd and Coon are funny, Mckenna Grace steals it, and Finn Wolfhard is Julian Casablancas in “Strokes of Genius,” coming 2025.

  • When a Stranger Calls

    When a Stranger Calls

    ★★½

    If you can’t outrun CHARLES DURNING, you shouldn’t be murdering children. I’ve always said this.