• Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

    ★★½

    This plot makes no sense at all.

  • Roadblock

    Roadblock

    ★★★

    “Now look, sister…”

    “I’m not your sister, I’m your wife until we get to Los Angeles. Fasten your seatbelt.”

  • Rancho Deluxe

    Rancho Deluxe

    ★★★½

    “Before you whites came here we had a simple existence in these shining mountains, under this big sky.”

    “Horseshit.”

    “We had that too.”

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★½

    Someone should have put a stop to Edward James Olmos's accent on day one.

    George C. Scott brought actual tears to my eyes though. Wow.

  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

    The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

    ★★★★½

    A conventional approach to a single-room courtroom drama would be to keep things interesting by moving the camera and cutting to reactions to punctuate dramatic moments or increase tension.

    Friedkin's camera is mostly rock-steady, and he so rarely cuts to a reaction that when he does it's powerful. Performances play out in long, close takes, but without ever feeling claustrophobic or like a play.

    This leaves room for the viewer to be an active participant. It requires it. Friedkin invites…

  • Jewel Robbery

    Jewel Robbery

    ★★★½

    “Come with me. I’ll drop you somewhere in the suburbs, untouched.”

    “Untouched? In the suburbs? Oh, no! No, that doesn’t intrigue me at all!”

  • They All Laughed

    They All Laughed

    ★★★★

    Take a drink every time someone pays a cab driver.

  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★½

    “Some people, when they’re desperate, they think about suicide. Me, I’m different. I think about murder.”

    Seedy, sweaty, and…sweet?

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The scariest part of this movie for me was when Sam Neill started flipping the kitchen light on and off while talking on the phone and each time the light came back on I expected to see something terrifying behind him.

    Absolutely nothing happened, but I was so unsettled by the possibility of what I imagined could happen that I almost couldn’t bear to watch. I usually don’t even react to jump scares, but this simple scene in which there isn’t a scare at all had me totally on edge.

  • Unstoppable

    Unstoppable

    ★★½

    I dig the premise and I appreciate the impressive technical and logistical feat of pulling off a movie like this. I just — sorry Tony Scott — don't dig seeing the exact same frenetic left-to-right tracking move 67 times in a row. My eyes were bleeding by the end.

  • The Palm Beach Story

    The Palm Beach Story

    ★★★½

    “What's knittin’, kittens?”

  • Society of the Snow

    Society of the Snow

    ★★★

    Not a lot of beards on these fellows after 72 days in the Andes. I guess they had plenty of time to shave?

    I found it hard to connect with this movie. I wasn't very familiar with the story and I haven't seen Alive (1993), but events play out in such a rote fashion here that it feels like a movie I've seen before. Every beat is familiar; the conflicts and tragedies and small victories all arrive precisely on schedule;…