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  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8

    ★★★½

    What to Watch Challenge, Week 37: A film with a mainly female cast.

    It's a fun night out with eight kickass women, and while it lacks anything resembling heft, it's also not any more lightweight than "Ocean's Eleven," which I guess MRA's are pretending is high art now. Gary Ross is no Soderbergh and the movie thus lacks the verve of Clooney's antics, but acting like Ross somehow ruined everything with his perfectly workmanlike direction is lazy scapegoating, especially considering…

  • Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

    Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

    ★★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #39, Task #21: Watch a film that is a celebration of summer.

    "I can't marry all three of them! That's bigamy!"
    "No, that's big of me!

    I wonder if the person who proposed that joke in the writer's room immediately took out a bottle of champagne and started spraying himself in celebration.

    I watched this movie about 900 times as a kid, but this was legitimately the first time that I had seen this movie in approximately 25…

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  • Set It Up

    Set It Up

    ★★★½

    Romantic comedies do not get more formulaic than "Set It Up," but formulaic rom-coms are my absolute jam, which means that the similarly minded should prepare for 105 minutes of comforting fluff that doesn't make any glaring missteps and hits all the expected beats with aplomb. What really carries the movie is the quirky magnetism of Zoey Deutch, fucking adorable, and who is technically the daughter of Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson, but is conceptually who would emerge if Anna…

  • Torque

    Torque

    ★½

    Scavenger Hunt #31, Task #29: A film about gangs.

    My eyes were already rolling during the first minute of "Torque," and they never quite found their way back to their proper location until well after the movie was over. Director Joseph Kahn once said of "Torque" that he was making a "dumb movie for smart people," which makes me worry that Kahn may not know what the word "smart" means. Maybe he was talking about that scene where the draft…