Cinéaste living in Minneapolis, film studies graduate from the University of Minnesota, and occasional podcaster.
It’s been so long since I’ve seen this that I remembered very little, but it’s so eminently watchable despite the story problems, I was captivated through most of it. Elora Danan is the cutest macguffin I’ve seen in a film in a long time, but that’s all she really is. Other than bringing Willow to confront Jean Marsh, how is she instrumental in defeating her? But it’s a true pleasure watching Marsh chew up the scenery as Bavmorda, anyhow.
The Empire Strikes Back 1980
I had to pee about halfway through the film and thought to myself, I’ve seen this so many times before, I won’t miss anything getting up and going to the bathroom. But there’s no point where you want to stop watching and there’s no pause button in the movie theater; the film just carries you along, and does such a good job at it.
Knives Out 2019
Watched for the Scavenger Hunt #56 - Watch a murder mystery
Rian Johnson has finally made a movie that I not only liked, but absolutely adored. Masquerading as a traditional whodunnit, this is really more the Scream of mystery films, a pastiche of tropes, but done in a way that really works. Every character is an absolute stereotype, practically Christie-like in their introductions and alibis, which sounds like it would get tiresome, but again, it works. Perhaps because of the…
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984
Watched for the Weekly Animation Challenge 2019
Week 45 - Hayao Miyazaki
Absolutely stunning visuals, that were probably a little lost on my oh so tired brain. It was great seeing this for the first time in the theater, but those midnight screenings can be rough, especially for lyrical movies like Miyazaki's. I also had dreams of turning into a giant insect afterward, so it clearly got into my head. I am very interested in the original manga to see…