• Flashdance

    Flashdance

    Makes the strange choice to have Jennifer Beals eat lobster seductively. Feels like they were actively challenging themselves to pick the least sexy food as a bit. Just this pretty lady slurping down wet fish.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    Very funny that Maverick tosses Goose’s dog tags into the ocean instead of giving them to his family. He’s the main character and Goose’s death is about HIM. This movie sucks, but the soundtrack rocks and Tony Scott makes everything look cool.

    Wong Kar-wai used  "Take My Breath Away" so much better in As Tears Go By.

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★★

    I tried calling but my mom wouldn’t let me because my sister was kidnapped.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Got excited when Jon Bernthal showed up in a flashback then realized that was the extent of his performance. Not a single line of dialogue. (kg in uncut gems voice) Why the fuck would you show me something if I couldn’t have it then?

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

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

    They really set up Daniel Radcliffe’s character to get a comically violent death either by volcano or some Indians Jones style booby trap when he finally reaches the ancient crown thing … and then he just gets tackled by Oscar Nunez on a boat.

    Harmless movie. The joke about Patti Harrison finding her friend dead in her car made me laugh.

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★½

    Such a good scene where Maggie Cheung asks the director René why he wanted to make the movie and he admits he really just wanted to see her in a catsuit and she’s like “that’s as good as a reason to make a movie as anything. I totally get it.”

    There are many good movies about making movies, but this is probably the only cool movie about making movies.

  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★½

    A dozen great set-pieces. Gene Kelly tap dancing in roller skates, Cyd Charisse in the boxing ring, the trash can lid dance. Incredible. Loved it.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Marvel brain nerds truly deserve so much more bullying. I have not seen one of these opening night since Endgame and hearing a huge crowd of UCLA students bark like seals at every character entrance and cameo was wild. Just shouting meme language at the screen. “Wanda, literally go to therapy!”, “I can fix her”, etc. Real goo for brains crowd. When the Illuminati was introduced the person sitting next to me started reading a Collider article on their phone…

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★★★

    Dignan calling that car he steals “a lemon” is so funny. Owen Wilson’s best work.

    Any criticism that Wes Anderson is a cold filmmaker is silly, but I understand the impulse because his first two films are so warm and human. Extremely not an original opinion, but I really prefer his style when it’s a bit shaggier and less ornate.

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★

    Don Cheadle had such an incredible run of supporting performances in the 90s. We gotta get him back in freak mode.

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    Hard not to get on board when the opening features Gabriel Byrne using Merlin’s powers to fuck the Queen. It’s kind of a piece of shit and kind of spectacular. All for treating this nonsense with the upmost sincerity. They really don’t make them like this anymore.

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    The first hour contains some of the greatest blocking, staging, and compositions you’ll ever see. The way the characters shift ever so slightly within the frame to indicate their standing in the story is so masterful. It’s intimate, but feels huge. Never feels like you’re watching a play because it’s so cinematic. Truly riveting stuff. 

    Then the second half if not invents, perfects the police procedural.  Mifune is a beast. Maybe the best movie ever made. Overwhelmed by how hard this rocked in a theater on film.