• David and Lisa

    David and Lisa

    ★★★★★

    Me watching Lawrence of Arabia for 4 hours before this 😐

    Me 5 minutes into this 😭

    This is, as they say, a gem. Watch it here (or if that link ever stops working, hit me up, I got it). I'm not even close to the end posting this. I don't believe I'll have anything else to say.

    (I wish I'd seen this when I was 18-21)

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    The ultimate case of a movie being so desperate to convince you they're really doing it that they forget to actually tell a story or make anything that even approaches visual poetry. Amazing this was already happening 6 decades ago. (I really wanted to like this this time around, honestly, I tried). I watched it in 4K (thank god it was only 4.99 on iTunes, worth it for the extras at least!) and everything and for what? More pixels. Watch…

  • Two Weeks in Another Town

    Two Weeks in Another Town

    ★★★½

    This grew on me but I really napped a lot in it to be honest, maybe I should've watched The Bad and the Beautiful first… sorry, I suck this month…

    (wait… the finale really killed me… yeh I doubly suck for writing about a movie before I finished it, shut up… anyway, adding another half star)

  • We Joined the Navy

    We Joined the Navy

    ★★½

    "This is an initiative test not an assault course!"

    Sort of an early Police Academy which hasn't aged quite as badly as the Carry Ons of the same era (quite)… I laughed quite a bit early on but still tired of it by the end.

  • Two for the Seesaw

    Two for the Seesaw

    ★★★

    "Y'know this chicken is fabulous. What makes it taste like gin?"
    "Gin!"

    Incredibly dreary slice of life, and I usually like these, but as great as Mitchum and MacLaine and Andre Previn's score are this one feels like it should've stayed on the stage. Or maybe I've just watched one too many movies like it this month - there was certainly something in the air in '62, even my playlist for the year has ended up telling such a story.

  • Days of Wine and Roses

    Days of Wine and Roses

    ★★★½

    "You've undermined the whole basic metabolism of the building!"

    I'm sure for some this resonates just as hard as the likes of Leaving Las Vegas, 28 Days and even Sarah T do for me, but for me even if it was one of the first to tread these now overly familiar beats, it was just that, overly familiar. It's certainly more raw (especially in the last third) than I expected from Blake Edwards and the title.

    I might've felt differently…

  • Cujo

    Cujo

    ★★★★

    It's less than 10 years since I last saw this (feels like longer) but I could've sworn this began about exactly halfway through with mother and son approaching their fate in the car, I thought they stripped it down that much and they might as well have (I feel like it's a movie I always used to stumble upon on TV with just the last half hour to go, maybe that's it). I just finished the audiobook and could've done…

  • The Wool Cap

    The Wool Cap

    ★★★★★

    "I'd love to've seen your face if I'd said yes."

    "I need you to forgive me."

    "You said you just needed some papers signed."

    I'm really glad I was able to track down such a good looking DVD of this so fast and cheap, it's a bummer it's not more widely available though, it's a really wonderful, possibly better (definitely better, I cried more) remake of the original Gigot, almost more like Gloria or Leon or something, but quiet and…

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★★★

    The scene where Valance trips James Stewart with the steak was where it clicked, when I got why this has hung around in my tops list all these years since I saw it in my teens cos every time I see the title, wondering whether to push another title over it, I get a feeling says "no"… John Wayne had nothing to do with the few good movies he was in, he was just the only person who could play…

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    ★★★★

    “So long, see you next summer!”
    “I’m goin’ back after my pants.”

    “I didn’t say it! Cecil Jacobs did!”

    “Just standin’ on the Radley porch was enough.”

    Robert Mulligan is one of the great evocateurs of true aching nostalgia and that’s this one’s power, there have been movies that used the archetypes and tropes it cemented in our collective cortex better, but one has to recognise what it did… just Elmer Bernstein’s score is so much. The best stuff is…

  • The Loneliest Runner

    The Loneliest Runner

    ★★★½

    (couldn't help making this a title double with Loneliness of Long Distance Runner, I planned to watch it some time this year anyway…)

    I don't know why I'm surprised, because I wouldn't be watching it (or planning to watch the rest of Michael Landon's TV movies this year) if I hadn't discovered over the past 2 years watching Little House what a warm and genial writer and director he was, but this is so much more genuine and heartfelt for…

  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    ★★★★

    “That’s how most people live. I’m beginning to see that it should be altered.”

    “It’s not that I don’t like work. It’s that I don’t like the idea of slaving me guts out so that the bosses can get all the profit. Seems all wrong to me. My old man used to say the worker should get the profits.”
    “That’s what I think. That’s what it’ll be like in the future.”

    I came to this just as blind as I…