• Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    More slashers should embrace the full essence of their material with honesty like this does laying out a thrash metal instrumental over the climatic action scene.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★½

    Giallos often have rubbish scripts but when a Martino or Argento is behind the film that is A OK. The text could be irrelevant. The masters leaned into the sleaze. Wright is caught in an awkward spot, by not going hard enough in some respects and making the mistake of trying to "say" something in other areas. I had fun with this, but it's dumb and I wish it could have just been dumb fun. Wright needs to find a…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★

    Just the other day I was thinking we needed more movies based on Lady Gaga's Born This Way album cover. Thanks, Titane.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street should have played during the end credits.

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★½

    David Gordon Green making the two worst Halloween movies makes me nostalgic for the days of cults and Busta. There are many bad Halloween sequels, but the sillier ones of old didn't have the delusions of grandeur this newest crop suffers from.

  • Madadayo

    Madadayo

    ★★★★★

    Dreams, Rhapsody in August and Madadayo are among the most gentle, caring films I've ever seen, and I'm grateful Akira Kurosawa was able to live long enough for his own state of mind and artistic voice to crystallize in such a way. The art of persistence. Creating a sanctuary of your own among the ruins of wartorn land. The life affirming joy that comes from appreciating nature, and having a pet at home. Living and finding reason to live no matter the state of grief, anguish, anxiety or terror the world may inflict.

  • The Fate of Lee Khan

    The Fate of Lee Khan

    ★★★★½

    Support the Girls

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★½

    Steven Spielberg taking a page out of the Birth of a Nation handbook on how to depict non-white bodies interspersed with moments of technically brilliant action filmmaking.

  • A Night at the Opera

    A Night at the Opera

    ★★★★½

    Harpo brings Jackie Chan in Police Story energy to the climatic opera set-piece. It's extraordinary.

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★★★

    Even with a lot of uncomfortable appropriating and/or othering of Japanese and Chinese cultures, this is still remarkably one of the most entertaining James Bond movies. It doesn't have the tight fat-free genre precision of From Russia With Love, and Lewis Gilbert is no Terence Young, but I likely prefer it over the other Connery outings. Goldfinger and Thunderball gradually seep over into the ridiculous, but it's this movie where the transformation from something-resembling-reality spy vehicle (which you can only…

  • Duck Soup

    Duck Soup

    ★★★★½

    I can't give this 5 stars because there's no Harpo harp solo. Why would they deprive us one of the greatest joys of cinema? The perfect Marx Brothers movie doesn't exist.

  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business

    ★★★★½

    Monkey Business' first 50 minutes, set entirely on the ocean liner, is for me the funniest prolonged stretch of any Marx Brothers movie. They had no idea how to end this one, the fancy party is especially a dud, but the ship misadventures comprise some of my favourite film comedy ever.