• Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    Things about 70s California I didn't realize:
    1. Kids are just running around everywhere.
    2. 15 year olds can open businesses.
    3. Pinball was illegal.

    Much like the winding roads of California, I liked the many twists and turns the film took. And perhaps it's because I've been watching more Bogdonavich lately, but the film reminded me a lot of his work. Also, that delivery truck scene had me on the edge the entire time. In a good way.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    In a funny twist of irony, I know I would've loved reading these stories more than I did watching them.

    The Artist and The Police Dinner were my two favorite. I had no connection to the Student story. Loved all the actors. They truly were characters. Can we get a Bob Balaban + Henry Winkler series of movies STAT?!

    First time I think I've seen France in film not romanticized. And I liked that. That opening scene in Owen Wilson's story was beautiful in it's normalcy.

    And as I'm writing this I'm just now getting the pun on the city's name. 🙃

  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    ★★★½

    This is mostly a movie for parents with enough fart / butt jokes for kids. And I liked it!

    The opening parody trailers were amazing and the Michael Bolton song should be a TikTok trending audio.

    Also more movies should put lyrics on screen when a song is playing.

  • Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    ★★½

    The animation on this has always felt like Walmart version of Pixar. It's just a little too whacky / cartoon-y for me.

    The story in this one is decent. I liked the idea of the twist of monsters becoming humans and vice versa.

    It's truly a kid's movie. Kids will love it. There's a whole two minute dance scene in the first 30 min that adds nothing but a scene for kids to dance to.

  • Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster

    Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster

    ★★★★

    Take me to church my doughy king

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★

    Two guys who meet regularly at a table to argue, joke, and talk life? This is a film about podcasting.

    Love the black and white combined with the 4:3 ratio. Does a great job of adding to the sea shanty-ness of the whole tale.

    Amazing performances by both. Defoe giving a Masterclass to parents on how to deal with a child throwing a tantrum.

    The overall story is fine. Once you learn about Ephraim's past, the build up doesn't seem to lead up to much. Especially once he's able to see the lighthouse.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★½

    Second movie I can think of where a man punches a horse.

    New Zealand looking great in this film.

    I can't tell if Bronco Henry was a great man or a horrible one.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    I've always been meh on the Bond franchise. The stakes were never there for me. I will say Casino Royale changed that for me. I became a fan of Daniel Craig's Bond. This was an ok farewell to him, as well as Jeffrey Wright, with a few good fight / chase scenes and cheesy one liners. However, the relationship with Madeline didn't feel real to me, and thus the ending felt saccharine instead of emotional.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★½

    Disney continuing with just gorgeous looking films.

    We really need a new hot musical. I'm not liking this trend of every musical movie sounding the same. Lin-Manuel probably has enough money at this point. Let's try someone new

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★½

    Fun trivia: Bert and Ernie are named from two characters in this.

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★★★

    Enraged at what the industry has done to Faison Love. Could've been a comedic star.

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    ★★★★★

    No one talks about how good Fred is in this. Nails the role.