• Captain January

    Captain January

    ★★★½

    Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (24) challenge. (David Butler)

  • Paradise Highway

    Paradise Highway

    ★★½

    Film #50 among my 52 Films by Women 2022

  • Friendsgiving

    Friendsgiving

    ★★

    Film #49 among my 52 Films by Women 2022

  • The Meddler

    The Meddler

    ★★★½

    Film #48 among my 52 Films by Women 2022

  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie

    ★★★½

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    Part of My Autumn Rewatches 6.2 Challenge
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    Task #18: Rewatch a film created by Walt Disney Pictures

    Had forgotten how many classic horror films were referenced by writer-director Tim Burton in this B&W stop-motion animation, from "Dracula" to "Gamora" and so much more. Also, there are visual tributes to so many noted actors/actresses, including Elsa Lanchester, Barbara Bain, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and on and on. It was certainly worth watching again.

  • Mame

    Mame

    ★★★½

    #6 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (8) (Tony Awards)

  • Auntie Mame

    Auntie Mame

    ★★★½

    #5 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (8) (Tony Awards)

  • The Mulligan

    The Mulligan

    ★★★

    Fun to see Pat Boone playing the 'Old Pro' in this faith-based film with "do overs" in business and golf at its engines. Entrepreneur Paul McAllister (Eric Close) is so driven to succeed financially that he drives his wife Rebecca (Tanya Christiansen) and adult son Jake (Andrew Brodeur) right out of his life. It takes a breakdown at a charity golf event, plus the potential loss of a huge Asian market, in order for Paul to realize something may be…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★½

    It's April 1923. The Irish Civil War is still raging. But on the island known as Inisherin, a conflict of a very different nature is taking place. Pádraic Súilleabháin (Colin Farrell) is being shunned by his longtime friend and drinking buddy Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson), and he can't understand why. The fact is, Colm has grown tired of Pádraic's dull company. He wants to compose a piece of music, to create something meaningful that will live on after he dies,…

  • Armageddon Time

    Armageddon Time

    ★★★½

    Writer-director-producer James Gray drops us in Brooklyn 1980, where the Graff family is struggling to live the American dream. Sixth-grader Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) is a "problem child," more focused on drawing superheroes and caricatures of teachers than finishing class assignments. His older brother Ted (Ryan Sell) attends a private high school and enjoys bullying his sibling, while their mother Esther (Anne Hathaway) is the head of the local PTA, interested in running for the School Board, and their father…

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★½

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    Part of My Autumn Rewatches 6.2 Challenge
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    Task #30: Rewatch a film just for fun.

    Rewatched on Zoom and enjoyed it as much or more. Definitely my favorite movie starring Ashton Kutcher. Actor-writer-director-producer B.J. Novak gets points for seeming to take himself too seriously and then giving himself a big wake-up call. Learned that "Whataburger" is a real thing. Who woulda known? So glad I was able to revisit this with friends instead of the teens who nearly spoiled it for me at the cinema in August. Still 3.5 stars, very good.

  • Wild Things 2

    Wild Things 2

    ★★½

    Part of my Double Feature Challenge (3)

    We are back in Blue Bay, Florida for another sleazy R-rated crime mystery. Just like the 1998 film that launched the "Wild Things" franchise, this sequel focuses on two conniving high school girls, Brittney Havers and Maya King (Susan Ward & Leila Arcieri), who scheme to inherit millions from the death of Brittney's step-father Niles Dunlap (Tony Denison).

    This time, instead of a skeptical police detective, we have a persistent insurance investigator named Terence…