• The Last Movie Stars

    The Last Movie Stars

    ★★★★

    Wonderful, sublime, fascinating, heartfelt doc series on the lives, career and love between Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward as told by Ethan Hawke and friends/family.
    What felt like a Pandemic hobby project at first turned into a modernized (see: Zoom meetings) deep dive exploration of what it takes to live and love in Hollywood (hint: it ain’t easy!) and Hawke & his producers (some of which are his kids) take a unique approach in voicing Paul, Joanne & many of their collaborators with…

  • Midnight Run

    Midnight Run

    ★★★★

    So happy to see this jovial action comedy thriller on Criterion where it belongs.
    DeNiro and Grodin are magical and have enough chemistry to make you want 2 more RUN movies (SUNRISE RUN? AFTERNOON RUN?).
    The Danny Elfman score is quite unlike his later work and really creates a fun tone throughout. 
    Maybe my favorite Martin Brest film.

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★½

    The second in our O’Bannon double harkens back to HBO days when this was on repeatedly and all I could think of were two things (yes I was 11 years old give me a break) but every now and again I’ll revisit this Cannon/Hooper collaboration and try to remember what I liked about it (besides the otherworldly nakedness of Mathilda May)…turns out not much!
    Love the use of WIIIDE lenses though and they John Dykstra SFX are still rad looking…like ghostly egg-drop soup!

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★½

    Decided to make it a Dan O’ Bannon double feature night and this is just the perfect beer and nachos on a Sunday viewing.
    Funny how in the middle of post-production how your eye lasers in on others “flaws” and what would otherwise be considered mistakes or technical flubs (out of focus shots, continuity, etc) and never noticed them before…or cared? And at the end of the day will many really REALLY notice if they’re compelled by the plot, characters and storytelling? 
    Well anyway…it’s always “Party Time!” here…

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★

    My favorite Ferrara?
    Tough choice since I love most of Abel’s work and how varried they are in both budget, genre, scope. 
    But this lean, mean pit bull  of a picture may be his thesis statement.
    Both wicked funny and nakedly bleak (sometimes literally and in the same scene) this decent into early 90’s NYC hell feels like a stylistic 180 from the slickness of KING OF NEW YORK, getting back to the grit of MS 45 and taking the…

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★½

    Only watched once and kept hearing how it’s better than I remembered (but went in with a biased opinion) but still think think it feels like a competently made but pointless reboot, especially since the original holds up so well.
    And the “twists” on the significant moments of the original feel like changes just to be slightly different based on knowing the context of Holland’s original. 
    It feels like a movie equivalent of Limp Bizkit’s “Faith”; it’s catchy but I prefer the original. 
    Still, it’s fun to see Tennant & Farrell ham it up!

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★★

    A total masterpiece, the movie we all wish we made.
    Best whip pans in a film? Possibly.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

    I miss the effortless ingenuous craftsmanship of Gore Verhinski. Ever since MOUSE HUNT and stoked by THE MEXICAN & THE RING, I remember being excited for this studio product because of him and damn if he didn’t figure out a formula for blockbuster histrionics that was never replicated (even in the lackluster sequels).
    I miss his work. 
    The VFX hold up SO well, too.

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★

    A period hangout movie?
    What a masterpiece of small details amongst a grand scale. 
    I miss Weir so much. 
    And now I need to seek out FEARLESS, which is my favorite Wier on off days. But it’s hard to deny there few filmmakers that envelop you in a world so completely like this film.

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    Best Predator follow up since the original, this is kinda what we’ve always wanted as a sequel but took 5-6 movies to get there.
    A worthy sequel and a love letter to LAST OF THE MOHICANS?
    The dog nearly steals the movie.
    Fantastic craftsmanship, casting…a watershed for streaming movies.
    Wish I saw it in the theater.

  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    ★★★★

    Corbucci’s minor masterpiece is gorgeous, gritty and more than a little sloppy in the best ways yet he makes it seem like part of the proceedings. His zooms are second to none. 
    He’s the Tony Scott to Leone being Italy’s Ridley and I’m there for it.
    Klaus Kinski is quietly terrifying but big shocker there. 
    And that ending! Not what I expected but made sense why. 
    Wonder if this would be a great or terrible pairing with HATEFUL EIGHT.

  • Light & Magic

    Light & Magic

    ★★★★

    …from the director of BODY HEAT!
    A rich, fluffy, delightful trip through a wondrous time many of us grew up watching evolve while dazzling and opening our senses up to the Magic of moviemaking, through the stories of many of the artists behind the camera, in the model shop or on the keyboard. 
    Or is it just a damn effective ILM recruitment video? 
    Could have watched 10 more hours.