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  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★½

    I love the idea of this movie much more than the execution—which somehow really drags despite its short runtime. Plays a bit like a cross between ELF and an extended MAN SEEKING WOMAN sequence, but doesn’t quite land either: the fish-out-of-water material isn’t as funny as the former, and the wow-they-really-committed-to-this-metaphor effect isn’t as propulsive as the latter.

  • Radioactive

    Radioactive

    I did not like RADIOACTIVE. Not even a little bit. But, despite my immense respect for Marianne Satrapi, I gotta be honest: I had a lot of fun criticizing it. Full review in Episode 620 of The Spoiler Warning.

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  • Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo

    Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo

    ½

    I’ve witnessed the worst film in competition by miles, and its name is MEKTOUB. Like Louis CK’s leaked standup, Kechiche takes every valid complaint lobbed at BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and quadruples down, this time without so much as a pretense of theme. Contemptible, male gazing garbage. Some 75% of the audience walked out during the premiere; those that stayed, I imagine, only did so out of morbid curiosity.


    Here’s a summary of the 3.5 hour film: 30 mins…

  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa

    ½

    Letterboxd Missed Connections, 01/24/16, San Francisco, California

    To the young white male with the hoodie and plug earrings who sat behind me during Dirty Grandpa.

    You probably don't remember me, but we both attended today's 4:50 pm showing at the Century Cinemas on Market St. I sat in row 11 or so, slightly to the left. You sat in row 14, dead center. I believe you came alone, though you seem to believe you were surrounded by friends. You had…