• Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★

    I took away a star for the turtle.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★½

    I really thought it was just...fine. For all the publicity, it was really just kind of OK. And while King of Comedy is a great movie that I happened to find too squirm inducting to watch, this was kind of like that but without a reason for me to watch it.

  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

    Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

    ★★★

    While this wasn't perhaps the strongest documentary I've ever seen, the concept was really interesting, and it strung together a really fascinating history of magic. The clips of Ricky Jay were, as always, astounding, but it's the stories he tells about other magicians and the sense of how craft can flow in and through a person that make this worth watching.

  • My Life as a Dead Girl

    My Life as a Dead Girl

    ½

    Oh the things we watch in hotel rooms abroad.

  • Of Human Bondage

    Of Human Bondage

    ★★★★½

    I enjoyed this more than I think it deserved, honestly. I thought it was shot so beautifully, taking such advantage of Bette Davis's face, and that the tragically repetitive, circling plot kind of worked, for the hammer-loud point the film seemed to be making.

  • The Squall

    The Squall

    ★½

    This was, to say the least, real rough. I'm not sure they rolled in enough literal hay, for one thing. Other reviewers have noted the beyond awful script. If you came for Myrna Loy, just save yourself and turn off the sound.

  • Patema Inverted

    Patema Inverted

    ★½

    How is this not based on a video game?

  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    ★★

    This movie is so awful, objectively terrible, but I just find the combination of Petula Clark and Peter O'Toole so winning.

  • The Barbarian

    The Barbarian

    ★½

    I'm not sure how to rate something that has such obvious rape-y problems and some select redeeming elements. Pre-code Myrna Loy? 5 Stars. Very distressing portrayal of race? A ridiculous parade of rape-y elements? Endless stalking? Minus many stars, depending on how much of this you're willing to take as "of its time."

    But my god, that bathtub.