• Knock Knock

    Knock Knock

    ★★½

    Eli Roth is the director of this movie. And it is the least violent horror story of his I remember watching. He is more known for torture porn horror movies. Knock Knock leans more toward the porn than the torture. I would describe it more as softcore porn. As to why so many recognizable names are involved in this movie, I am not sure I would know the answer. The movie is so bad. But I will admit I only continued watching it because it features two hot women seducing Keanu Reeves. And this would be considered entertainment. Sigh.

  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    ★★★★

    Based upon the graphic novel co-written by the creator of the Hellboy series, Gotham by Gaslight sends our beloved vigilante back in time to the late Victorian era Gotham City. Sure, the movie is animated, but it's not exactly a kid-friendly story with Jack the Ripper murdering his way through town as its villain.

  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★★★

    Pop musicals are not intended to be factually accurate. I am aware P.T. Barnum is not an ideal human being overflowing with honest integrity. With it being said, The Greatest Showman is nothing more than a fun time for a sugar-coated pop musical. If I want factual accuracy about the circus legend, I would go track down and read a biography book or watch a documentary movie about him.

  • Charade

    Charade

    ★★★★

    Here is a story of mystery blended with a bit of flirtatious romance. It features Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I love watching their movies. I am drawn more to this version of the story than its reboot, The Truth About Charlie (2002). I appreciate the banter in this movie. It is not always subtle, but the delivery is perfect.

  • Battlefield Earth

    Battlefield Earth

    My gosh, I almost forgot about how a big budget could add a spit polish shine to the utter garbage of a story! Let someone else have a mulligan with the adaptation. A mini-series adaptation might be more of an ideal translation. And maybe minimizing any involvement with the church of Scientology would be even better.

  • The Terror

    The Terror

    ★★★½

    Every once in a while, I will watch this gem of a movie. The final product came out rather nicely for a hodgepodge movie production involving multiple directors, re-purposed sets, and an incomplete script. It contains several elements that I appreciate: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Roger Corman, and Francis Ford Coppola. Who could ask for anything more?

  • Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    ★★★★½

    I love listening to music from The Beatles. This movie is chock full of lyrics and Easter Egg references. Periodically, I must watch this movie. And I try not to sing along too loud every time. If only Julie Taymor would do a similar project with the music from The Rolling Stones.

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★

    I am subtracting a point for the use of brownface. Why is it even necessary? It is a glaring mistake, in my opinion. The rest of the movie is perfect. I loved the use of matte paintings, miniature sets, lighting design, acting performances, and so on. For those who want a fresh interpretation of the story, I would recommend the 2020 mini-series. It stars Gemma Arterton in the leading role.

  • Highlander

    Highlander

    ★★★

    There is not very much I could bring to this review that has not already been said numerous times before me. "There can be only one!" Also, there is plenty of mismatched casting. A Frenchman portrays a Scotsman. a Scotsman portrays an Egyptian, and so on. I cannot believe the irony of a poorly aged homophobic insult written into the dialogue, while the music soundtrack features numerous songs performed by Queen. The highlight of the entire movie for me is…

  • 2036 Origin Unknown

    2036 Origin Unknown

    ★★½

    The story is derivative. There are many elements in this movie that I have seen elsewhere, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, for example. Katee Sackhoff does a solid job with her acting performance despite the physical simplicity of her workspace. A majority of the movie occurs on a single production set where she spends a large portion of that time acting against computer screens and a robotic eyeball. Despite the many flaws of its simplicity, I still was entertained enough to continue watching the movie from start to finish.

  • The Silent Partner

    The Silent Partner

    ★★★★½

    This movie would have to be one of the greatest holiday-themed bank heist stories ever. It has Elliot Gould in the leading role as a socially awkward bank teller who quickly finds himself in the deep end of a bank heist plan gone awry. There is also an appearance from John Candy in a small role before his acting career took off a few years later. I truly enjoyed this movie and want to watch it several more times, most likely around the Christmas holiday every year.

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★★½

    It has been about three years since the first time I watched this movie. It still holds up very well. The tone and context of the story hit differently now compared to the first time I watched it. We are approaching the end of a second pandemic year. The story's use of a zombie virus outbreak, social lockdowns, and the threat of catching the virus is presently eerie.