Favorite films

  • The Princess Bride
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • 8½
  • Kung Fu Hustle

Recent activity

All
  • Jailhouse Rock

    ★★½

  • Mel Brooks: Unwrapped

    ★★★★

  • The Greatest Showman

  • The Time Machine (I Found at a Yardsale)

    ½

Recent reviews

More
  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    ★★½

    I think African Queen would be a fine film to have on the in the background as you cleaned your house. The technicolor environments (when they're not projected on a studio screen) are lush and lovely. You can always look up to catch a well written/delivered piece of dialogue from the two leads.

    The issue is that the film is...just kind of light? It's part road movie, part tourism video, part two-person play. It reminds me of the actual Jungle…

  • Jailhouse Rock

    Jailhouse Rock

    Through the use of his potato masher kiss, ex-con Elvis convinces a woman to quit her job and finance his music career.

    Elvis doesn't play the little guy well. His face by nature is very sedated so he plays excitement and anger the same way. Elvis does better when he's the guy with all the cards and you can read the expression as quiet wisdom.

    Still, there's a Star is Born-esque commentary on the music industry that gives the movie a modicum of merit. I think you could remake this story to be grittier. Wouldn't mind watching that actually.

Popular reviews

More
  • Local Legends

    Local Legends

    ★★★★★

    There’s this quote from Bill Waterson, one of my heroes, that I think a lot about. It's pretty long, so I’m not going to paste it here, but I will post a link to the Zen Pencils version: www.zenpencils.com/comic/128-bill-watterson-a-cartoonists-advice/
    Basically, our culture is very obsessed with art as a means of profit and a ladder to supremacy over their field. Something is only considered truly great if it made X number of dollars in profit, elicited Y number of attentive…

  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales

    Did you know Steve Martin was a philosophy major? He said that it was major influence on his understanding of comedy. The "Deconstruction of Logic" he called it:
    "What if there were no punch lines? What if there were no indicators? What if I created tension and never released it? What if I headed for a climax, but all I delivered was an anticlimax? What would the audience do with all that tension? Theoretically, it would have to come out…