Film lover and co-founder of Portland’s longest running, (citation needed), weekly movie club.
When Harry Met Sally... 1989
This is probably the 10th time I’ve seen “When Harry Met Sally”, but it’s the first time that I’ve realized that anything less than a 5/5 is too low for this masterpiece. Now that I’m on the cusp of turning 32, (the age Harry and Sally end the film at), I realize why a treat it is to watch those two characters grow up and experience life over the course of a ridiculously tight 96 minutes. By keeping the scope…
Still perfect. I want to call a bit of attention in this review to what has to be my favorite representation of unhorsed people in any film ever. So full of love and happy to share in their humble treasures. I welled up when they sing their heartfelt goodbye to their sensei when he goes off to help Tampopo. And that rice omelette! Wow.
Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022
‘EEAAO’ goes bigger than just about any film I’ve ever seen. The question I’ve been asking myself for the 12 hours since I’ve left the theater is whether that is a good thing, and I’m not sure I have a satisfying answer.
There’s an abundance of spectacle and a handful of very powerful scenes, but there’s such an overload of stimuli that no moments really stand out much, and the ones that do aren’t necessarily the ones I want to…
The Northman 2022
It’s the unexpected plot developments that elevate ‘The Northman’ for me over the myriad of other revenge tales like it. Beats like Amleth learning that his murderous uncle has lost his ancestral Norwegian home, and that if Amleth wants his vengeance he will have to get it in Iceland. Or when he meets his mother after 20 years and we finally learn what her character thinks of the ordeal. Or when he says he is going to choose “both” between…