• Departures

    Departures

    ★★

    Honey, I Shrunk the Watchlist! 21/30

    Departures was recommended to me by my Disney College Program roommate back in 2014 and has sat in my watchlist ever since, taunting me with a beautiful poster that had me incredibly interested in what the film would reveal. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this at all and I truly struggled to get through it, forcing myself to finish it yesterday after three attempts to do so!

    The cheese is layered on…

  • Safety Last!

    Safety Last!

    ★★★½

    Honey, I Shrunk the Watchlist! 20/30

    I was about 90% of the way through a detailed review of this when my computer blue screened and I just don't have it in me to write it all back out (Letterboxd, when will we get drafts???). Instead, here is a summary of my thoughts:

    - This was my first experience with Harold Lloyd and while I enjoyed him as a silent film star, I didn't connect with him on the level that…

  • Ice Cream Man

    Ice Cream Man

    ★½

    It took researching Ice Cream Man for me to learn that Clint Howard is Ron Howard's brother!

    This is bad, but I still had some fun. Felt way longer than the runtime though...

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I feel I've grown colder and colder on horror mockumentaries, as most of them suffer from the same familiar pitfalls: bad acting, extremely poor camera work designed to hide the low budget, and a form of editing that doesn't make logical sense in regards to how a documentary would be presented, but exists in order to create jump scares. While Lake Mungo does have some of these faults, it balances them out enough with some interesting ideas and presentation that…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★

    I don't remember how this ended up in my watchlist but I think I added it during a look into Jonathan Demme's filmography. The Talking Heads have been one of those bands on my radar for my entire life, without ever really knowing anything about them. Truly, after just one watch through of Stop Making Sense, I feel I have been given a crash course in their genetic makeup as a band and an automatic love for David Byrne and…

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    ★★★★

    I totally get why this one is a classic. The first hour was near perfect and the setup of the story straightforward. It was a fun realization to see the type of character Humphrey Bogart plays here, certainly not the hero we are used to. I love the fatalistic nature of the gold and the mistrust that is built with our main characters.

    Things slow down a bit in the second half, but there was always another heightened moment around…

  • Red Eye

    Red Eye

    ★★★

    I can still remember the jarring trailer for this back in my childhood and I was instantly captivated by the look of Cillian Murphy, an actor I never saw in a role until Inception.

    Leave it to Wes Craven to take such a simple premise and make it work for the full runtime. He definitely makes some smart decisions, not rushing the setup and allowing things to unfold in a believable real time. The film definitely asks you to take…

  • Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching

    Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching

    ★★★

    A good watch if you just want to watch two football coaching legends banter about what they love and hate about the sport, mixed in with some highlights of their careers.

    There's nothing groundbreaking here, but the doc just furthers deepens my respect for what they do and how they do it.

  • The Lawnmower Man

    The Lawnmower Man

    ★★½

    Finally got around to this one after it had sat in my watchlist for years, originally placed there because of the slight Stephen King connection (which after researching is truly in name only). I could only find the Shout Factory Director's Cut of the film and the extended length definitely scared me going into it.

    Sure enough, it was lonnnnnng, feeling endless at times after crossing the two hour mark. But it was fun! As a big fan of Jeff…

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★½

    Nah, this ain't it, Marty.

    The visuals are great and I think serve as the only redeeming quality of this mess of a movie. The plot has such strange elements; the uncle being introduced only to simply die in the Seine, a cast of pointless side characters like Christopher Lee's Labisse, and a shifting idea of what is being presented, down to the final Isabelle narration.

    I continue to be unimpressed with Asa Butterfield and his wonky hairstyle and overly…

  • Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    ★★★

    It's decently generic and feels a bit too Tony Hawk The Brand, but still a great catchall for recapping a fascinating and driven man. Worth it for the nostalgic Boom Boom Huckjam footage alone...

  • The Staircase

    The Staircase

    ★★★½

    I went into this a bit hesitant after feeling I'd already gotten what I needed out of my original viewing of the documentary. Luckily, this series tackles the events from a completely different approach, focusing more on the familial drama and the personal relationships within the story.

    Colin Firth and Toni Collette anchor this story through their amazing performances, with Firth really nailing Michael Peterson's mannerisms and vocal patterns. Collete allows you something the documentary never does in that you…