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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★½

    "Come on, Spider-Man..."

    In which Spider-Man is little more than a YouTube star...

    One-hundred percent written (or, rewritten) by a committee of dudes trying to "stay woke" and desperately appeal to #teenlife.

    True story: after shopping in Glendale, I stopped at the nearby multiplex with intent to catch Kathryn Bigelow's DETROIT (2017) before heading home. I approached the self-service ticket kiosk and to my surprise there was already a ticket sticking out of the dispenser. It was, of course, for…

  • Golden Exits

    Golden Exits

    ★★★½

    Everybody wants a routine when they don't have it, but nothing is more tempting to break once it's been firmly established. But is it ever worth it?

    A film about that otherworldly feeling you get when you see two people from different parts of your life together in a photograph on FB or even in real life.

    Orbiting, but not intersecting, bodies abide in the worldly arena of Brooklyn, NY without realizing how small they are and how connected everything is (probably) without any of us realizing it. A departure - visually and philosophically - from ARP's scathing and claustrophobic comedies.

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  • The Punisher

    The Punisher

    ★★★★★

    Forget PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. Goldblatt made an 80s action masterpiece.

    10 reasons why you should stop everything and watch THE PUNISHER now:

    1. Dolph Lundgren (!) as Frank Castle / The Punisher.
    2. Jeroen Krabbe (!) as the new don of the Italian mafia.
    3. Explosions. Lots of 'em. Explosions within explosions.
    4. Scuba-Ninjas. Stop. Read it again. Fucking scuba-ninjas!
    5. A deadly woman who crucifies a man with her earrings.
    6. A vision of Castle as a broken, fragile,…

  • Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    ★★★★

    "If something excites you, be brave. And go! Try to do it good, but do it." - Menahem Golan

    Two cousins, their sincere love of cinema, and the collapse of their empire.

    Hartley's previous doc (MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!) fell victim to a sad tragedy in that it spent ninety agonizing minutes making fun of and shaming its subject matter. ELECTRIC BOOGALOO begins with the same regrettable tone, calling the films "silly," "stupid," and "low budget," but after 15 minutes, the…