• Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★

    Members of Radiohead once admitted that they would pull random phrases or words out of a hat and write a song around them.  I feel like this is how David Lynch writes and directs a lot of his work.

  • The Grifters

    The Grifters

    ★★★

    Something felt off about this movie and I can’t quite figure out what it is. Perhaps the tone? The mismatched score? Not enough grifts? The overtly creepy incest?

  • Diner

    Diner

    ★★★½

    Adult American Graffiti

  • The Last Detail

    The Last Detail

    ★★★★½

    The perfect medium/balance of Nicholson’s acting…wild and charming yet sympathetic. This *might* be his best performance.

    Also, shoutout to Robert Towne for blessing all the actors with A+ dialogue…guy was at the top of his game around this time. (He had his hand in eight of the legit best movies of the 70s, which just mind boggling).

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business

    ★★★½

    The last time Tom Cruise was ever normal.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    Below is my initial review after seeing it in theaters, but I decided to hold off on posting it because A) to avoid the fervor of the collective hive mind at time, which had anointed this the greatest movie ever B) to see if any of my opinion changed after a subsequent home viewing (it didn’t).

    Went to this having only seen two MCU movies ever (Iron Man and Winter Solider, both of which I enjoyed quite a bit), so…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★½

    1984 Bill Murray is rolling in his grave right now.

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    ★★★★

    Michael Caine seems like the worst person to star in a comedy…yet they found the perfect vehicle and co-star (Martin) for him to pull it off.

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★★½

    Another Altman banger. There’s an argument to be made he had the best 70s run of any director (including Coppola).

  • The Pope of Greenwich Village

    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    ★★★½

    There’s overacting (Rourke) and then there’s overacting, bordering on lunacy (Roberts).

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★

    Cameron should really write a self-help book called “Always Bet On Yourself”

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Meh.

    Highlights:
    - Zoë Kravitz
    - The score…it really feels like another character in the movie at times
    - That weird warped lense Reeves was using throughout the movie to phase out the surroundings in a shot
    - Zodiac killer-esque mystery 
    - Pattinson. He understood the assignment. *Maybe* the best pure Batman. 
    - Jeffrey Wright’s Gordon, who is neck-and-neck with Oldman’s version

    Lowlights:
    - Sort of a wasted end result for the Riddler, where ultimately he’s just this QAnon-type loser…