• Old

    Old

    ★★

    I never go back and watch Shyamalan’s movies, so by the time a new one comes out, I tend to forget how unhinged his dialogue and direction of performances can be.

    I just don’t understand how he gets actors to speak Shyamalan, both in tone and cadence. It’s almost like he casts a spell that makes everyone go back psychologically to their first acting lesson. 

    This definitely has some “What? No…” Wahlberg moments in it, and they had me howling.…

  • Fail Safe

    Fail Safe

    ★★★★★

    One of the many dumb rules I give myself when it comes to my Letterboxd is that I have to watch a film twice before giving it all five stars.

    Today I am breaking that rule, because Fail Safe is flat out one of the greatest pieces of storytelling I have ever beared witness to. Holy fucking shit.

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★

    Pugh and Harbor are good, not much else is. Oh well! The movies!!

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★★

    I’ve had an epiphany.

    Steven Soderbergh makes the most consistently satisfying movies of any modern director.

    They’re not all great (though this one is) but at the very least I walk away feeling like my time was respected.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★½

    “Enjoy the party.”

    Cardinal Law oversaw and sanctioned some of the most heinous acts a person could ever commit, and the church essentially gave him a promotion.

    Evil. Pure evil.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★

    I don’t know who copied who, but it’s funny to me that this and CSI: Miami share a couple of needle drops in the form of Mogwai’s “Auto Rock” and “We’re No Here.”

    I’m guessing the show ripped off the movie, but it would also be cool if Mann and I were both fired up for Horatio Caine at the same time.

    As for the movie, I’m sure I’ll start singing its praises more after a couple watches, but for now it’s another Cool Crime Caper from Mr. Mann. Wish we got more of these over the last 20 years but oh well!

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    First off, while I have been to the movies several times pre and post vaccine, this was my first trip to Cinemapolis, the local indie theater in Ithaca NY, since I saw Little Women in December ‘19. That was pretty awesome in and of itself. The popcorn! Yum!!

    As an added bonus, the movie I saw was pretty good too! I basically knew nothing coming in and I was treated to a silly little movie full of funny people.

    Shoutout to Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub (from the AT&T commercials) especially.

    Kinda concerned/angry there was no reference to Uncle Bernie that I could find. WTH?

  • F9

    F9

    ★★★

    Chris Morgan, The Rock and Jason Statham mean more to this franchise than I thought.

    Still good tho!

  • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

    ★½

    The animation is balls compared to what it could/should be, the dialogue is incredibly lame, the changes they made are either flat-out weird or cynically done to add more action and the amount of puns/illusions to Harvey becoming Two Face made me want to kill myself. Oh you’re of two minds on something Harvey?? Such clever writing!!

    After Hush, I have no faith they’re actually going to keep it to the original killer, which is exactly what you want from…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    Visually luscious, sweet, funny, breezy, gosh this was so good.

    Pixar continues to impress, and based on this and Soul, this newest generation of filmmakers is going to do some really awesome stuff.

  • The Bourne Supremacy

    The Bourne Supremacy

    ★★★½

    Still fun, but I’m not enjoying rewatching this series as much as I thought I would.

  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    ★★★

    More jumpy and uneven than I remember, still pretty cool though.