• Crank

    Crank

    This movie is so off-the-rails, I absolutely love it. And somehow the sequel is even more awesome and insane!

    Most Jason Statham movies are basically interchangeable, but the Crank movies are truly something special, there’s honestly nothing else quite like them.

  • Copshop

    Copshop

    Joe Carnahan does his best Assault on Precinct 13, and I’m all for it! Gerard Butler, Toby Huss, and Alexis Louder are great. I usually like Frank Grillo but I could just not get past the man-bun.

  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    This will probably get deleted when a second season is confirmed, but this first season is pretty great! A few minor quibbles with the last couple episodes, but thoroughly enjoyed this, and at its best it’s amazing.

  • Freeway

    Freeway

    One of my very favorite grimy ‘90s indies. I’ve got a particular affinity for indie films from this time period, because it’s when I was in my teens and coming of age as a film buff and having so much fun exploring films that were not playing at the local multiplex.

    It’s got some rough moments but it’s so cool and so funny and surprisingly brutal at times, and Reese Witherspoon is pure dynamite. This is the movie that put her on the map and it’s so easy to see why.

  • The Alchemist Cookbook

    The Alchemist Cookbook

    After the hollow cacophony of that new Spider-man movie last night, honestly it just felt good to watch a movie for which maximum profit capability wasn’t the primary motivating factor. Definitely no way this would ever be a box office smash…and that’s to its credit!

    Like a weirder, sadder, lonelier Evil Dead combined with a mental health character study, but also still very funny at times (especially that cat food scene!) Somebody give Ty Hickson more roles, now!

    Joel Potrykus definitely makes some unique films. I really enjoyed the originality of both this and Buzzard. I gotta remember to check out Relaxer sometime.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What a plotless, pointless, mish-mash of a movie. A waste of time on so many levels. The plot could basically be summed up as “cameo appearances do battle.” Lazy.

    I thought maybe I was turning a corner on Marvel because I’ve enjoyed several of their projects lately (especially Black Widow, WandaVision, and Hawkeye) and enjoyed both previous Tom Holland Spider-man films, but this was ten steps back and a reminder that it’s all really just a never-ending money machine first and foremost.…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    In addition to many other things, this is a fantastic reminder that 90-minute runtimes are still possible.

  • A Classic Horror Story

    A Classic Horror Story

    This was clever! I think I liked it a lot.

    Starts off very familiar in fun, comfort-food-for-horror-movie-fans territory, very consciously tipping a hat to classics like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes before jumping off that track altogether in ways I’m not going to spoil and I’m not sure make sense or totally work but I went with it because I was having fun! Maybe you will too!

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    Not top-tier PTA for me, but very good stuff that I look forward to revisiting.

    I will admit that the age gap gave me pause, but I think it’s because it’s so hardwired into our minds that we have to approve of everything that happens in movies now (especially when it’s done by characters we’re asked to identify with) and we’re not used to that intentional discomfort and provocation anymore. 

    But hey, that’s what art is supposed to do, remember?…

  • Corman's World

    Corman's World

    One of my favorite documentaries about the movie business ever, and easily one of the most entertaining. It’s funny, insightful, surprisingly tender, and downright inspirational. Roger Corman must be really quite a guy if he can even make Jack Nicholson get emotional!

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    I will always take any Mission: Impossible movie over any James Bond movie, but this is pretty good despite being seven hours long.

  • Being the Ricardos

    Being the Ricardos

    Very good, solid, consistently enjoyable, and yet rarely feels as great as it should be with the talent involved. The cast was definitely my favorite part, though, everyone definitely brings their “A” game.