• Archiving Time

    Archiving Time

    ★★★½

    This otherwise mild and pleasant doc about the restoration lab of the Taiwan Film Institute really reminded me how much I miss the projection booth. The feel and smell of film, the sounds of whirring projectors, the anxiety and dread that I’m gonna screw something up and mangle a print or have to cancel a show. It’s been almost a decade since I spliced anything. I doubt I ever will again. I hope I’ll be able to at least watch a film again.

  • Days
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★½

    I went to the market to realize my soul
    'Cause what I need, I just don't have
    First they curse, then they press me 'til I hurt
    Rudy can't fail

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★★

    Hey! Fuck off Death!

  • The Paper Tigers

    The Paper Tigers

    ★★★½

    Gallants played (mostly) straight. Cool to see Seattle's Chinatown-International District in a movie, could have used a lot more of it. There might have something here about the mutations of kung fu ideology and culture among the second generation diaspora, but it doesn't quite work out in favor of a more generic sports movie type narrative. Interesting though that there's only one white actor in the movie, and he's a total goober. The film is at its best when it's making fun of him.

  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    ★★★★

    Gen-X Manhattan Murder Mystery is even more delightful than the Boomer version. Curious who will star in the Millennial version in 2040. . . . I’m gonna say. . . Zac Efron and Emma Watson.

  • Pump Up the Volume

    Pump Up the Volume

    ★★★★½

    It’s not really the movie that it was when I was fifteen. At least the non-Samantha Mathis parts. She’s still perfect, one of the most important performances of my lifetime. The corniness of much of the rest of it is at least the true corniness of youth, and that not only can be forgiven, but is actually a strength of the film. No movie better captures what it was like to be a pretentious teenager in the early 90s. 

    The…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★½

    It was tolerable until the last twenty minutes or so, when it became not at all tolerable.

  • Unstoppable

    Unstoppable

    ★★★★

    My train-obsessed son now has a new pick as the greatest movie of all-time.

  • Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

    Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

    ★★★★

    Some of the same structural ploys as Jia's other history docs: spiraling out from his hometown to Beijing and Shanghai and beyond while always somehow circling back as it moves forward in time from just before the Anti-Japanese War to the present (it starts with a daughter talking about her father and ends with a mother helping her son talk about himself). 24 City is about a specific factory, I Wish I Knew about a specific city, but Swimming is…

  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    ★★★½

    The first Happy Madison movie for me since Big Daddy. 

    I’m glad Sandler’s still here, doing his thing. Good to know there are still some people out there in the world that can be relied on.

  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    ★★★★½

    She says, "You can't repeat the past, " I say, "You can't?
    What do you mean, you can't, of course you can!"