• The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★½

    My guess is your winner for Live Action Short, it has the most famous director out of the bunch, several famous actors. The cinematography and production design as always with Anderson is top notch. But yet part of me was like , “ok Wes, got anything else?”. I was amused but kind of expected more? It’s so nice to look at though!

  • Invincible

    Invincible

    ★★★★

    Great central performance and pretty stunning cinematography highlight this short. I could def see this getting expanded into a feature!

  • Knight of Fortune

    Knight of Fortune

    ★★★★½

    This was my favorite of the Oscar Nominated Live Shorts. A darkly funny meditation on grief. I loved the acting, the way it was shot , and thought the casting was perfect!

  • Red, White and Blue

    Red, White and Blue

    ★★★★

    I did not see the twist coming! I could see it being divisive because of the twist, but I thought it was well made.

  • The After

    The After

    ★★★

    Great performance from David Oyelowo! A little too dramatic, but made with great skill.

  • Last Days of the Lab

    Last Days of the Lab

    ★★★★★

    So good

  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

    I regret not getting to see this in theaters but this was really well acted and directed. Wikipedia had to help my wife and I figure some stuff out because some of what happens in the film is not what It seems , but a real solid film!

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    If Dune: Part One was the world building/mythological half, this was the payoff and it delivered on an epic scale! The acting, the cinematography, and pacing are all cooking here. 

    WB please hear my plea, greenlight Part Three!

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake

    ★★★★★

    If I could have dinner with one dead person it would be Welles and I’d try to make him laugh like he does at times in this film. 

    Also John Ewing of the Cinematheque and Jon Forman of Cedar Lee and Founder of CIFF had a discussion after the film. That was cinema!

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    ★★★★★

    Getting to enjoy this with my family in the theater? 25 stars

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★

    I wanted to love this more as I consider the Coen’s on my Mt. Rushmore of American filmmakers. Ethan on his own still shows he has chops both in the writing (there is certainly some sharp lines here) and the visual style. But I wouldn’t throw this in the category amongst his  (and his brothers) stronger offerings. 

    There were actors and moments that made me think there is a really good and fun movie in here like Bill Camp and…

  • Piece by Piece

    Piece by Piece

    ★★★

    Get Shorty #5