• Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Bought out the late show at the VIP cinema at the Varsity — surprisingly inexpensive! — and safely indulged among my Bubble. Worth it just to hear the Travis Scott song on speakers that loud.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★

    the most important thing about a movie is the vibes... not enough people understand this

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    a few indelible things:

    - droid carriers slowly cresting over hilltops
    - queen amidala’s dresses
    - the sound of podracer engines 
    - that push-in through the hallway in the duel of fates
    - ian mcdiarmid’s diction

  • This Is What They Want

    This Is What They Want

    ★★★

    “This is all of us looking for reassurance that death is not inevitable” - Ted Koppel

  • Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    ★½

    It’s not hard to see why in the summer of 2019 America was gripped with Charlie’s Angels fever.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★½

    Always thought of this, not uncharitably, as Payne’s warmest and most audience-friendly movie, but man, it is extremely bleak and hostile. I relate!

  • This Was the XFL

    This Was the XFL

    ★★★

    “That it ceased to exist I’ll grant you, but whether it was really a failure I don’t think can be definitively said.”
    “Well, for me, ceasing to exist...is failure.”

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    “Hope is not a strategy.”
    “Oh. You must be new.”

  • David Blaine: Street Magic

    David Blaine: Street Magic

    ★★★

    Forgot to post, but I wrote this a few weeks ago for the New York Times:

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    In his profile of the late Ricky Jay from the early 1990s, Mark Singer describes the great magician’s disdain for colleagues who failed to appreciate “the critical distinction between doing tricks and creating a sense of wonder.” David Blaine understands the distinction. In his television specials “Street Magic” and “Magic Man,” which aired on ABC in 1997, Blaine roams the city streets performing…

  • After Hours

    After Hours

    ★★★★★

    Has a strong claim — when the mood is right — on being the best movie of all time.

  • News from Home

    News from Home

    ★★★★½

    You can really see the influence on Joker.

  • Something Wild

    Something Wild

    ★★★★★

    “Maybe I don’t wanna be free.”
    “Maybe you’re not.”