• Senior Year

    Senior Year

    It was mildly amusing to watch Rebel Wilson in this role--she seemed to be having fun. I appreciated that she and Angourie Rice got to use their Australian accents. Not nearly a classic, not quite a dud, this is middling Netflix content, though I really don't feel a need to watch another American high school prom movie for quite some time. I am looking forward to season 4 of Sex Education, though...

  • Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

    Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

    ★★★

    Everything Trump touches dies: Same as it ever was. Decent doc. Enjoyed learning about the colorful owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits, John Bassett. Suffers from the same fault as all ESPN docs: presenting archival TV footage in a zoomed-in, cropped aspect ratio.

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    After watching Apollo 10 1/2 (which I loved), I was in the mood for something else nostalgic, so I watched this. I hadn't seen it since 1987. I have such a distinct memory of my first time watching it, I had never felt a need to re-watch it until tonight. I was 13 when I first watched this--the perfect age to do so, I reckon. I can recall the living room couch where I watched this with my best friend…

  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    ★★★★★

    I loved this so much. Jack Black's narration was perfect. I loved the animation. I loved all the pop culture references. I loved the depiction of family, of childhood, of the suburbs. I loved the archival audio. I loved the depictions of the Apollo missions and NASA. I loved how specific Richard Linklater's memories were. Film of the year for me, maybe the decade. I thought this was phenomenal.

  • One Night Stand: Flight of the Conchords

    One Night Stand: Flight of the Conchords

    ★★★★

    This is on HBO Max, one of many gems on the streamer if you poke around a bit.

  • Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant.

  • James Acaster: Repertoire

    James Acaster: Repertoire

    ★★★★

    Very clever, and often very funny. You can tell James spent many years perfecting this repertoire. It is a comedy of the mundane, obscure, and idiosyncratic. Even if you're not on James' wavelength (and I mostly am) you have to be impressed with how he creates a narrative that is constantly circling around itself and revealing more and more layers to the story. He's a talented guy.

  • Kimi

    Kimi

    ★★½

    Kudos to Soderbergh for actually filming in downtown Seattle, rather than making Vancouver stand in for Seattle as is often the case. Liked the scenes which take place on Seattle transit.

    As Angela hadn't left her apartment in like a year, did she have a hair stylist come to her apartment? Did she learn to dye and cut her own hair?

    Also liked that this takes place in the pandemic reality with characters wearing the requisite masks.

    I was kinda…

  • Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

    ★★★★

    Equal parts ambitious and pretentious, like all great art, I suppose. Matilda Lawler steals the show, in my opinion.

  • The Story of Late Night

    The Story of Late Night

    ★★★★½

    This is a fascinating story and it is well told here. Loved seeing clips from the Steve Allen and Jack Paar Tonight Shows and learning about the pioneer Faye Emerson, whom I had not heard of before. I've been watching late night stuff since the 80's, so I was familiar with a lot of the rest of the story, but there's a lot of drama in the Letterman/Leno/Conan contretemps, and the clips and talking heads were funny and interesting. I…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★

    I was a bit underwhelmed, to be honest. So many esteemed critics loved this. I thought it was okay.

  • The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

    The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

    ★★½

    Certainly inventive, and the scenes with Merlin the wizard transformed into a roll of toilet paper are truly funny. The romance is pretty corny, though, as is the music.