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  • Bright Young Things

    Bright Young Things

    ★★★½

    "What a queer little film! Don't you think so, darling?"
    "Oh yes, particularly the bits with Michael Sheen."
    "What a perfectly beastly thing to say! Even if true!"
    "Oh sweetest, it's not beastly. Mikey was lovely, they all were. But I agree with you, just too too odd sometimes."
    "Such drastic changes in tone, I thought. Quite sudden. Fragments of dialogue too. Hard to follow sometimes, yes?"
    "Rather. Needed subtitles really."
    "I think they were going for reflection. As in,…

  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    When you're watching a zombie movie (maybe), and three minutes in, a character says that he's going outside to get some air, his fate is not hard to guess.
    "The Director" is trying to make a zombie movie, which gets interrupted by an attack of zombies. And the opening scene is an uncut 37 minutes, starting with what is supposed to be the 42nd take of a particular scene. With that kind of meta approach coupled with exemplary staging and…

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  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★★½

    Film next of this many out of that many in the Dad-Ari film fest. Dad's choice.
    This is the most adorable depiction of a married couple I've ever seen. Oh, there's also a mystery about an eccentric scientist who goes missing right after learning about his daughter's engagement. He becomes the lead suspect in some murders in his absence. Nick Charles (William Powell), former detective, is unwillingly dragged into the investigation, since he knows the principles. I've seen this movie…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★

    Film X of Y in the Ari-Dad film series, Ari's choice.
    I've never seen such a movie so highly praised by people who admittedly don't understand it, with the exception of The Big Sleep. This was famously a rejected TV pilot converted into a film, and I'm glad that the TV portions seem to be grouped in the beginning. There was a time when Twin Peaks and other quirky oddities appealed to me, and there are several scenes in this…

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  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    Stopping this garbage at 26:40. This has pushed soooo many of my negative sensory buttons.
    I have to thank the filmmakers for one service. I no longer have to include in my memoir anything about how fucking awful it is to live with a miserable needy high maintenance person. Just watch this instead.

    Do NOT include the over-mic'ed sound of pouring liquid in your movie.
    Do not film meaningless flashing lights on a character's face.
    Do not mic the actors…

  • Lucky Grandma

    Lucky Grandma

    ★★★★

    Who says there aren't good roles for women over 85? Seriously though, if there are Oscars handed out in 2021, look for a nomination here. Tsai Chin carries this movie, and Meryl Streep should be so lucky to get a role like this someday.
    I loved grandma. She wasn't especially noble, and occasionally was even unsympathetic. Bullets fly because of her selfish act. But assuming that her claim is true, that she worked by her husband's side for forty years…