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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    Theatrical Cut: This movie is MAGIC. The writing, the chemistry, the filmmaking. Some of the scenes with the drag queens feels a little token, but better to have them then not. Dave Chappelle is still a bit distracting as a cameo. But these are quibbles. This wasn't the objective best/important of the nominees that year, but I think it'll go down as the film that everyone thinks won Best Picture that year - it's just too wonderful to think otherwise.

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    ★★★

    Theatrical Cut, brief impressions:
    Style can save any script, but can't save it all the way. This a fun, but routine Psycho riff that feels like a missing link between the Hitchcock film and Shyamalan's Split which can't compete with De Palma's filmmaking, but manages the impressive hat trick of being both goofier and more resonant.

    De Palma's staging is always a cut above his contemporaries, the shifting protagonists helps keep it moving and there's a particularly good ending sequence…

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  • The Green Fog

    The Green Fog

    ★★★★

    First Impressions: Both. How many times in history have all the pieces of Vertigo been filmed. Not just as homage, but as pure genre footwork?

    Also, I've never realized just how captivating Chuck Norris's eyes are.

  • Wheels on Meals

    Wheels on Meals

    ★★★★

    This hard to find gem was really worth the effort. Contains maybe the best "fruit stand" scene ever where Jackie Chan jumps a food stand over a bridge... into a train car full of fruit!