• The Love Guru

    The Love Guru

    ½

    Mostly just disappointed in myself for wasting my own time

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    some of y'all are acting like weird, stunted dialogue and clunky endings are problems and not simply part of the social contract that we abide by when we watch movies directed by M. Night Shyamalan

    it's easily his best since Signs and even if I may have been the only one in my entire audience who enjoyed it, I'm glad Shyamalan gets to keep doing his thing. his weird, stunted, often very beautiful looking thing. god bless him

  • Days of Thunder

    Days of Thunder

    ★★½

    If you believe, as I do, that Top Gun is Tony Scott's best early directorial effort, then Days of Thunder is the palest imitator; a third generation copy of a copy of a copy, unable to achieve the former's greatness and seemingly unwilling to try. The script is dumb as dirt, and the romance between Tom Cruise and future wife Nicole Kidman is dramatically inert. In making a point about the physical dangers that the business of NASCAR inflicts upon…

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★½

    Soderbergh is one of those directors who can just show up to home plate and hit a double without even paying attention. This is a real humdinger, would have loved to have seen this in a theater

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★½

    1990's Revenge is a type of movie we don't get anymore. Kevin Costner is best friends with Anthony Quinn, who is married to Madeline Stowe, who wants to have an affair with Costner. It's a great pitch for a steamy 90's romance, and the affair scenes are some of the most erotically charged I've seen in quite some time. It is truly excellent.

    But the movie drastically shifts gears in the second act and becomes a hyperviolent exploitation revenge thriller.…

  • Jonah Hex

    Jonah Hex

    Impossible to be mad at a bad movie that's only 73 minutes without credits

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ½

    Really got no one to blame but myself on this one, gang. We only get a limited amount of time on this earth and I spent some of mine watching Space Jam: A New Legacy.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★½

    Watched the director's cut. I wish I was as enamored with this movie as many of my peers are, but I still admire it. It's certainly the spiritual sequel to Miami Vice - keeping the audience at a distance while its very intense characters rattle off increasingly obtuse technical jargon. I continue to love the weird digital framing that late-period Mann uses, including the POV shots of the USB port on a computer, and a shot from underneath someone's mechanical…

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    ★★½

    The last thirty minutes are a lot of fun and the curtain call at the credits fully rules but you gotta get through some truly dire stuff with Jacob and his child bride first

  • The Keep

    The Keep

    ★★★

    This movie doesn't make a lick of sense, probably because the final cut removed two full hours from Mann's intended runtime. Still, it manages to impress purely on vibe alone. Every scene is shrouded in oppressive darkness only penetrated by mist and fog, and the haunting ambience of the Tangerine Dream score owns.

    The 35mm scan that's been circulating recently still looks kind of crappy, but the damage on the film reel itself only furthers the film's broken, ethereal quality.…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★½

    the first born-digital millennial film. conceived on twitter, the accumulation of capital through self-exposure online (and exposure of the self). dissociation through technology (tuning out the world through a phone volume key and a screensaver). an analog nightmare hell of our own digital creation. reframing an incident through two very different online audiences

    Janizca Bravo directs THE SHIT out of this movie.

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    ★★★★

    It's still a little rough around the edges and there's still a ton of nonstop screaming (so much screaming). But what bowls me over is the simple shot of Nancy Allen gripping her blouse at the concert. This character moment is so impactful that even just thinking about it, I already can't wait to watch this movie again.