• Cinderella Man

    Cinderella Man


    "Are you not entertained?!"
    Yes, yes I was.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


    Amazing martial arts choreography. Less keen on the romance aspect of the story, although I can relate to having repressed desires.

  • Deal of the Century

    Deal of the Century

    Mostly dull and unfunny.

  • Stepping Out

    Stepping Out


    🎵Hey ladies, when ya man wanna get buck wild
    Just go back and hit 'em up style
    Get your hands on his cash and
    Spend it to the last dime for all the hard times

    A decent enough Pre-Code comedy with good, saucy bits but nowhere near as racy as others I've seen, especially considering the infidelity theme. Charlotte Greenwood was excellent, though, and got a couple hilarious sequences of physical comedy.

  • Lady Ballers

    Lady Ballers


    Was it the greatest comedy ever? Nah, not by a long shot. Did I laugh a lot? Yes. (But that psycho journalist, Gwen Wilde? Yikes...)

  • They Live by Night

    They Live by Night


    'Lovers on the run' is not exactly my favorite crime/noir subgenre, but the presentation here still felt well-developed and executed. The leads were likeable, and the cinematography --particularly the aerial camerawork-- was impressive. And while I wouldn't put this in my top favorite noirs, it was nevertheless an excellent directorial debut for Nicholas Ray.

  • Brute Force

    Brute Force


    In this film, 'jailhouse rock' would be the jagged stone you use to bludgeon the warden to death during a riot... This was as bleak and oppressive as any prison movie I've seen, and as a noir. Did a great job of humanizing its characters.

    🎵The water's gonna rise and pull you under
    In your eyes I'm staring at the end of time
    Nothing can change us
    No one can save us from ourselves
    (Scorpions, 'Humanity')

  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution


    The most videogame-like of the series so far and also the laziest. Stumbles listlessly from exposition dump to action setpiece, rinse, repeat, etc. Still, I will give it credit for remaining at least visually interesting, and with enough slo-mo you'd be forgiven for thinking that Zack Snyder was the co-director.

  • Repeat Performance

    Repeat Performance


    An interesting, fairly well-executed (and unusual) concept for a noir. Joan Leslie and Louis Hayward were quite good in it, as were the rest of the principal cast. Overall, a nice gem rescued from obscurity by Flicker Alley and the Film Noir Foundation.

  • Naked Alibi

    Naked Alibi


    I sees Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame in a noir, I watches. And while it doesn't really do anything extraordinary, it had a lived-in quality and was still really compelling. [I also wonder if Orson Welles was inspired by this one when he made Touch of Evil.]

  • The Whole Nine Yards

    The Whole Nine Yards


    Rosanna Arquette was the real killer for murdering that French accent.

  • High Tide

    High Tide


    Another workmanlike but effective noir from the same creative team behind The Guilty.