• Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    ★★★

    it's clear henry selick was the more inventive and witty contributor in his collaborations with burton but this gothic fairytale b-side is still pretty gorgeous.

  • Beautiful Creatures

    Beautiful Creatures

    ★★

    don't ask.

  • Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky

    ★★★★

    a punk expressionist merging of lo-fi sci-fi kitsch, colorful avant-garde camp, warhol satirical comedy and new york street guerilla grime exploitation. a film about "freaks" living in a dangerous, alienated world of exploitative arts industries, gendered assault and imminent death via drugs and sex (all clearly pulled from a very real time and place) and seeking ownership/expression/liberation through increasingly exaggerated forms of dress-up because the body is the only canvas that's left. has brief elements of doris wishman, john waters,…

  • The American

    The American

    ★★★

    solid downbeat hitman movie that intentionally denies itself some of the more thrilling commercial genre pleasures in favor of the european style of pure meditative, alienated mood. do wish its feelings of confessional regret were a bit more attached to something beneath the surface story but corbijn conjures some pretty surfaces and i really like clooney in cold professional michael clayton mode. ("you have the hands of a craftsman, not an artist.") there's also a part where you can hear…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    a perfectly hand-crafted object of grimy retrofuturist art deco neon-noir that moves through its own fabricated existence of filmic alchemy and analog tactility with a level of awe that is equal parts mesmerizing and melancholic. the painterly stark lighting and shadows on the archaic, decaying remnants of neo-fascist structures made of stone, iron, steel, and glass practically feel like you can reach out and touch them, and really serve the film's central idea (among others about capital, police, cybernetics, environmental…

  • The Expendables

    The Expendables

    ★★

    insane how much of this is underlit, cut to shit and digital looking. the only possible explanation is that somewhere between rambo 4 (which is still one of the stickiest, most effectively sadistic films of his career) and this stallone hit himself on the head very hard and forgot the basic building blocks of action directing. i do like briefly hanging out with my boys dolph and mickey tho.

  • Battleship

    Battleship

    ★★

    don't really get the point in doing michael bay without the gorgeously overcranked stylistic tics or unhinged, evil shit.

  • The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County

    ★★★★★

    trying to cram a whole lifetime between now and friday. as generous and thoughtful and complicated a pop romance as hollywood could ever give us and one of the best movies ever about reckoning with desire, choice, time and place. the rainy climax is a directing masterclass in visually locking yourself into the subjective sight lines of a character and thus being able to generate cosmic weight out of a truck turning left and disappearing forever. clint the god. “i realized love won't obey our expectations, it's mystery is pure and absolute.”

  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II

    ★★★

    this spends a bit too much of its runtime on the wacky future fx spectacle stuff for me personally, it's not unimpressive or anything just kind of exhausting and pointless after awhile and shamelessly pleased with itself which is not an ideal combo. however every minute of the annoying stuff in here is worth it for the climactic return to the literal events of the original film as an extended, interactive redo suspense sequence which is legit one of the…

  • Four Brothers

    Four Brothers

    ★★★

    always kinda figured based on premise that this was a dour crime drama thing so i was not at all expecting this to practically be a blaxploitation action movie when i threw it on. some of the casting is very funny but in a way that interacted well with the kind of movie it's trying be (there are some insane lines thrown to wahlberg to deliver in here lol) and singleton directs the hell out of it, lots of fantastic detroit detail and sudden explosive chases/shootouts. deserves a permanent rotation slot on AMC.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper (1984) on episode 237 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest emmett booth, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper

    Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper

    ★★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Miami Vice (2006) on episode 237 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest emmett booth, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.