• Walk the Walk

    Walk the Walk

    ★★

    In the sporadic times I've looked at films released via Nicolas Winding Refn's ByNWR streaming service, it's been clear that his mission to restore forgotten grindhouse prints has been very hit-or-miss, where the hits are decent and the misses have been excuses for showcasing softcore titties that have left me, well, disgruntled that this is what he's spending his time with (an audience for these sexploitation flicks exist, of course, and there's no need to suggest that a part of…

  • The Return of Bruno

    The Return of Bruno

    ★½

    The modern-day efforts of Bruce Willis are an unfortunate display of continuously slumming it with terrible direct-to-video films where he gets to pretend to act for two days on set, as well as take on the iconic role of Doraemon in Japan (in terms of Americans in JP commercials, though, Tommy Lee Jones has him beat in nearly every respect), but it's still hard to actively discount the days when the passion was still in his stoic performances, the spark…

  • Testament of Orpheus

    Testament of Orpheus

    ★★★★

    Out of the six films that Jean Cocteau wound up directing in his lifetime, half of them form a trilogy, bookends, if you will, of his interests with art, its creators, and the longevity of those we classify as artists. Testament of Orpheus does not necessarily set out to put a neat bow on everything, as while the film is a semi-sequel to Orpheus, it still leaves Blood of a Poet hanging on a thematic thread with a potential visual…

  • Orpheus

    Orpheus

    ★★★★

    The full mythology of Orpheus intersects itself through a lot of major stories in Greek folklore, known as a musician and poet who charmed his way through music and song to sway anyone (and in one instance anything) with plenty of pride in his inspiration, as well as guts in his most famous story, that of Orpheus' descent into the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice. Many people have retold the stories of Orpheus, and it only makes sense that…

  • The Blood of a Poet

    The Blood of a Poet

    ★★★★

    Jean Cocteau could be labeled as one of France's finest mavericks and an impeccably iconic filmmaker, but that's a label he himself would have personally rejected, as he thought of the entirety of his larger canon of work, his plays, his novels, his drawings, his critiques on the world, as poems reflected into different circumstances. Indeed, Cocteau's avant-garde art made him a professional poet well before his first film, already being celebrated as a novelist with the likes of Les…

  • Potato Salad: Don't Ask!

    Potato Salad: Don't Ask!

    So, uh, here's a little story before I get into the information and shit, uh, I was originally supposed to watch Das Boot tonight, y'know I hear it's pretty good, maybe not something the kids are into these days but what the hey, I've had it in my docket for awhile and it's been awhile since I've watched something that's really long. Trouble is, the DVD was scratched and scuffed as shit which, y'know, probably should have been something that…

  • The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge

    ★★

    Before Paul Michael Glaser's directing career bombed with the release of Kazaam, the 90's had already proved to be a difficult decade for him to jump in so easily, as his first wife, Elizabeth, was one of the first individuals infected by the modern AIDS epidemic, and the disease had unknowingly spread to his daughter Ariel, resulting in her death on 1988 at seven years. The grim reality of this left a five-year gap between anything in Glaser's work, and…

  • Wigger

    Wigger

    ★★½

    Initially I had figured this introductory paragraph would be spent trying to process what exactly led me to tonight's film, instigated solely through a friend finding the IMDB page in a game of seeing what can come up with just a single word search (we had finished mocking Sunday School Musical's potentially-racist plot about a white choir improving with the help of a black transfer student, hence the spillage of in-jokes) and the complete mystery of something that nobody has…

  • Forty Winks

    Forty Winks

    ★★★½

    The tail-end of the original Felix the Cat cartoons reveals a point of stagnancy and uncertainty towards what to do with the character, as something like Forty Winks would have been considered a solid entry within the series basically defining the silent age of animation, but the problem was that what was special in the 1920's now seemed antiquated in 1930 as the first steps towards the Golden Age of Animation were being made. There's more factors to the struggle…

  • Forty Winks

    Forty Winks

    its good


    I’ll write a real review at some point, but below is my explanation for why I have so few words this time

  • The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

    The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

    ★★★★

    More in-depth review

    A friend of mine stopped by to hang out for the day and by happenstance we ended up viewing a musical-themed double feature, starting with the faith-based knock-off Sunday School Musical and its very middling interpretation of teen angst and weak R&B ballads, ending with The Legend of the Stardust Brothers and its impeccable low-budget spunk and catchy satire-pop that always knew how to get my friend pumped and on-board with its ever-growing zaniness and emotion (had…

  • The Nightingale's Prayer

    The Nightingale's Prayer

    ★★★★

    Egypt, now there's a country I've never been to literally, metaphorically, barely even tangentially if one doesn't count the usual iconography of mummies, sphinxes, pyramids, and slave drivers that everyone's been exposed to in some fashion (some people also lump "aliens" as major contributors to Egyptian/world civilization, but this assessment usually comes from people who huff paint so we'll disregard that). Modern Egyptian culture is often considered a pretty good representative of modern Arabic culture, given Egypt's fluctuating status as…