I go to a lot of movies. I will ramble on A LOT about animation if you let me get started. But then I ramble in general.
The Virginian 2000
When you call me that, smile. That way, I'll know we're all still friends.
This being Bill's sole directing credit (on film, anyway; he's directed quite a bit for the stage over the decades), naturally I was going to end up watching this. Waited until I could sit down and do so with my mother, by far the biggest fan of the western genre I've ever known, who's probably seen most of them at this point. She enjoyed it very…
Showing the trailer for INCEPTION just before this was such a funny, funny thing to do, and a particularly hilarious (but absolutely deserved) dig to make on Nolan when he lives in this town, not far from this theater. I loved it. Got a lot of laughs. Will never not be funny to me that a director as flat and unimaginative as Nolan made a film about dreams (though it's unsurprising that the end result was so damn boring). It…
The Ring 2002
I am old enough to have had the very particular experience of renting this, on VHS, from our neighborhood Blockbuster, watching it alone at home one night, late, and scaring the shit out of myself with it. I usually rewatched movies at least once before returning them in the 3-day rental window, if I liked them, and I did love this one, but it fucked me up so much I couldn't bring myself to do it. I ran up the…
Every time I rewatch this, I'm struck anew by how superior it is, in multiple ways, to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, even if I do understand why the latter has gotten the lion's share of the critical praise and attention over the years.
The biggest issue for me, with SILENCE, is Hopkins' portrayal of Lecter. It's schlocky, heavily dependent on bizarrely affected speech, and incredibly over-the-top. This wouldn't be such a problem if Dr. Lecter were intended only to…